Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Joshua Tree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

No sign in at the trailhead and the parking area is for day use only, no over night parking. Probably a great hike though if you get there early enough.

4 days ago

I did this trail on a cool winter day and it was delightful. I would not attempt it on a hot and sunny day, as it offers little shade (like all hikes in JT). The scenery and views are incredible. There are more trees and wildlife here than in other parts of the park.

nice views

Nice easy trail. Spectacular view at the top.

1 month ago

Excellent trail with gorgeous views. Take it clockwise for a more strenuous walk up and a lovely view down the valley on the way down.

2 months ago

This trail is on the easier side of moderate if you go with people who have at least some hiking experience.

This hike was enjoyable in January and I thought to myself I would not want to do this during summer.

Lots of Joshua trees and some cacti along the trail. The first part of the trail before the loop is pretty flat and most of the elevation gain is when you start the loop. While this is called a loop trail, it is more like a lasso, with the loop only being at the very end. The top of the loop/lasso is a great place to break for lunch.

This is a great hike if you are camping at Black Rock Canyon Campground since the Trailhead starts from here.

Bring plenty of water for this hike and plan for it to take you 3-3.5 hours depending on your pace. Faster if you are trail running instead of hiking.

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

2 months ago

Beautiful views on the elevations, nice trails. Very few people on trail when i started out in AM, but was becoming a bit busy as i got back to trailhead mid day.

We would not call this hard, moderate. Although is says best from March to Oct we went Jan 1 and it was great. It would be awesome during wild flower blooming time.

Wonderful hike, highly recommended!

Geology road tour was in great condition. Some spots had washboard, but nothing terrible. Views were excellent, didn’t manage to grab a map with the description of the markers so we made up our own description. Next time will grab the map. I agree with the previous comments: The signs say 4 wheel drive only, but really it is not needed. Did this in a stock 14 Subaru Forester and had no issues.

2 months ago

Beautiful views from some of the higher points! It’s a nice and easy hike, just be sure to bring plenty of water.

2 months ago

The sand, wind and cold were the challenge, but the views were breathtaking! Great hike.

Thousand and thousands of lady bugs and butterflies!!! Worth the walk! Take lots of water!

It’s beautiful! Thousands and thousands of butterflies and lady bugs, so much your walking through them!!! Beautiful even for young kids!

5 months ago

I chose this trail due to its proximity to Morongo Valley and I’m so glad I did. While I am an experienced hiker, I did this hike with a newbie— my five year old niece, who loves to hike and is a Palm Springs native. We started just before 9am, and finished shortly after 12 noon. We had frequent stops. First, to eat our lunch 1/2 a mile in... She was hungry...kids are always hungry. Then to see all the animals, which she insisted on counting. I taught her how to follow a trail, how to navigate bees safely, and how to avoid stepping in horse dung! Hahaha! When I told her she had completed her first mile, she was so excited and proud of herself. She said, “I want another one.” Lucky for her, we had two more to go. We stopped to drink water, to stretch , take in the views. And, when she finally finished... She was so excited— she probably could have kept going. But, we opted to celebrate with milkshakes instead. It gets hot, so, I would advise bringing lots of water, sunglasses, and if you’re as lucky as we were, it’ll be a breezy day that will cut down the heat significantly.

one of best sunset views one can find.

Sweet way to get away from the crowds. Trail is doable in a 2wd.

I was just looking to get some extra miles in and thought it would be simple. I had to turn around before the loop as I couldn't actually find the trail. Everything looked like a good place to walk so it was easy to get off course. No GPS signal.

trail running
10 months ago

This is a great trail for running! Aim for fall or spring to really enjoy it without the heat. Start at the trailhead by the campgrounds for a full 5 mi!

10 months ago

Beautiful hike! I've done it several time now and every time it gets more and more beautiful. Sunset or sunrise are amazing up there! Plan to get to the top at least 30-45 mins before the sunset/sunrise time and watch the beauty from the ridge of the mountain to see the entire sky around you on both sides. Watch out for rattle snakes, heard one in a bush one time. Stay calm and keep walking and you should be fine. If you go clockwise on the loop you will have a steeper climb but you will get to the ridge faster, choose counterclockwise if you want to work on your uphill endurance!

Great ride on horseback!

11 months ago

it's a horse trail. soft sand terrain. great scenery

Can easily run this in a decent pick up or AWD Subaru. No flyers available but the scenery is gorgeous regardless. Took it to the trail head for Berdoo Canyon.

Beautiful trail, perfect for exploring many unique landscapes in JTNP. The 4x4 section of the trail is quite easy, with a couple of potential sandy/muddy spots depending on the road's condition, but nothing that requires a huge amount of technical skill. TIP: Pick up the free guide at the Visitor Center so you can learn about the various geological landmarks along the route.

Most beautiful 38 miles I've ever hiked

Monday, March 20, 2017

We had a fantastic hike today and saw a lot of flower buds! Should be blooming in the next few days!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

well named. 1st mile is flat and sandy....it is great thereafter. plan to spend some time atop

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Loved that we got to hike in Joshua Tree National park for free without all the people. This hike starts from the Black Rock Canyon campground on the west side of the park. It was easy to find. The rewards are always the views from the top. Well named as Panorama Loop.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Peaceful, great hike.

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