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Black Rock Canyon Trail to Warren Peak

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Joshua Tree National Park

Black Rock Canyon Trail to Warren Peak is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yucca Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,023 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

Directions from Highway 62: Travel eastward from Yucca Valley to Joshua Lane. Turn right on Joshua Lane and travel to the Black Canyon Ranger Station. Park in the ranger station parking area and walk to the Black Canyon Trailhead near the campground.

did loop clockwise and then up to warren peak. Great views throughout, I would rate it moderate rather than hard.

Nice hike with a solid pay off at the peak. Overall gentle climb until the end where it gets pretty vertical climbing to the peak. But it’s a small price to pay for the gorgeous view.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this with Panorama and it was fantastic. One of my favorite trails so far. Trail was very well marked considering there are lots of intersecting trails here. Not many wildflowers, but lots of Joshua Trees.

2 months ago

I combined this with panorama loop as it sounds many other reviewers did as well. I would not rate this as difficult, should be "moderate." I recommend starting with panorama loop going clockwise as the views are better coming down, and then adding on Warren peak as you're finishing the loop. good change of scenery from the rest of the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was sandy but easily traversed. Peak manageable with little effort.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Sandy clearly marked trail, little to no shade but nice lookout points. Lots of cute Joshua Trees!

The loose sand going in was a but the views at the peak make it worth. Steep part looked worse than it was. Happy Trails

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail once you can find the trailhead. Last 500 yards are difficult, the rest is moderately easy. Bring water and food

We did Warren peak and the panorama loop. Definitely do the peak first, nice views!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with truly breathtaking panoramic mountain view’s at the end. Last half mile or so will really kick your butt, well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and hike. We went up to Warren Peak, then took the Panorama Loop on the way back. The entire thing (including lunch breaks and photo breaks), took about 3 hours). The last push to the peak is the only part that was at all difficult. It is a really lovely hike for JT, as it has different plant life - a lot more trees, mixed in with the joshua trees. It made it feel more green.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

This trail is made difficult by its nearly 2 miles of pure sand hiking. After that it’s a great hike up a mountain filled with cacti and wildlife. Bring plenty on water and be prepared for grueling sand walking

3 months ago

Came here in early Feb, perfect trail to hit on your way from LA since it's on the west side. This trail is like easy for the first 2 miles, then the last half mile literally escalates quickly. Probably 0.25miles moderate then 0.25 miles hard. Nice view at the top of the peak. Good leg workout at the very end. Only 3 stars because the majority of the trail was kind of monotonous and flat PARKING - easy. DURATION - Took a little over 2 hours with moderate effort. SHADE - unshaded. We went nearly at sunset though so on our way down, we had no direct sun. BUGS - didn't have any! WATER - Fountain at trailhead. PHOTO - lighting at the peak for pictures better in the morning so your face is lit by the sun

hiking
4 months ago

one of the best in area. dont have to pay for parking! trail condition is perfect

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Really nice, manageable trail with a steady incline. Trail is well marked, a sandy path. Highly recommend taking the Panorama Loop trail clockwise and finishing up at Warren's Peak for the best views. Fantastic views of the whole region at the end, a real reward. The final 0.5 mile hike up to Warren's Peak gets a bit steep and terrain changes to sandy rocks.

Beautiful, mellow introduction to the Joshua Tree scenery. Climbing was modest and views were lovely (definitely recommend the clockwise loop).

Nice 360 view at the top. Lots of Joshua trees. Serene.

Today for the first time since we moved to yucca valley the trail was covered in snow. I highly recommend doing this hike if it ever snows here

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Very sandy. Felt like I was working out at the beach. First mile was great! The next 1.5 mi was nothing but sand. Definitely recommend gaiters. The last 1/2 was a very steep incline, but manageable. My poles saved me on the way back down. It was quite busy for a Monday; saw about 20 people. It’s very rewarding once you reach the top (5100’). Amazing views. It’s probably even more amazing during the spring.

6 months ago

Sandy trail so be prepared for a beach-like walking path. The last 0.25 mile is a bit steep but the remainder of the hike is manageable. No shade throughout, but beautiful views at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. We completed Warren Peak and then continued onto the Panoramic loop. The 360 views at both were astounding. Pretty windy nearing the top due to Santa Ana winds season, but we were dressed for it and prepared. Pretty sandy in the beginning of the trailhead for about a mile and a half or so, so be prepared for that. Didn’t see a single person on our trek and the wildflowers were thriving. Gorgeous hike with a lot of changes in scenery — highly recommend combining Warren Peak and the Panoramic loop for those looking for a 8-9 mile hike!

Nice trail in JTNP in the summertime. Higher elevation on a relatively cooler day. Outstanding 360 degrees view of mountains and valleys out in the area.

hiking
Wed May 15 2019

360 degree view at the top is well worth it! Awesome hike, mainly pretty small inclines aside from the short steep trek up the mountain.

hiking
Mon Apr 15 2019

Did this hike three weeks ago. I would say it’s got the most bang for your buck in Black Rock Canyon. Not too long, and the pay off is pretty good. My Garmin put it at 2.67 miles from the trailhead at site 30 to the summit. Most of the trail is a sandy wash, so it’s pretty miserable going up. The last half mile or so is good and steep, so be prepared for that. Once you get on the summit, the views are amazing. Highly recommend bringing lunch to have on the summit. As always out here, bring lots of water.

hiking
Tue Mar 26 2019

The view from the top in every direction is great. We took the south trail to the lower viewpoint first, and then walked across the ridge to rejoin the main trail to the peak. We were looking down on nine ravens soaring on the updrafts as we had lunch.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Hiked this morning including the panorama loop trail, 10 miles round trip, 2300 e.g. Beautiful day, great views

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Awesome hike, I ended up camping near the top of warren. Very great views and directly next to the panoramic loop which is a fantastic hike to do in the morning. great views of the surrounding mountains, if the wind speeds in the valley were high enough!

Def should not be rated as hard.

This is a great moderate hike with expansive views at the summit. The peak was crowded on the day we went, maybe because it was a holiday weekend. We got annoyed by the constant chatter, so we took a use trail to a nearby peak for some peace and quiet. As for the shutdown, the park was in excellent shape thanks to the Rangers and volunteers.

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