Black Rock Canyon Trail to Warren Peak

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Black Rock Canyon Trail to Warren Peak is a 5 mile lightly 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 trail running and is accessible year-round.

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

hiking

running

views

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.

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
21 days 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

Sat Dec 08 2018

Once you find the trailhead the trail is well marked. The canyon is lush and beautiful. The last climb to the peak is strenuous but brief so the hike is not too challenging. The views from the peak are beautiful.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

Great hike! I’d rate it as moderate; only the last little push up the mountain had us breathing heavy. The rest is fairly gentle and scenic. Really well marked. Just keep an eye out for WP posts and you’ll be fine. Great views at the top.

Tue Mar 20 2018

Step 1. go to black rock canyon campground. step 2. find sign for block 21 to 30. go all the way down till the end because 30 is not visible. step 3 start walking forward on the trail. there is no sign. step 4 once you reach west loop trail make a left and keep going for 10 to 12 mins. you will reach sign that says black rock canyon and panorama loop. you will eventually see sign on a short wooden pole written W P and the arrow. step 5. while coming back make sure you take the trail you came from. otherwise you will be headed for long journey lands you somewhere else.

running
Mon Jan 22 2018

Wash running for first 1.5 miles. Last mile is very steep. Cool rocks, awesome views at the top. Totally worth it!

hiking
Thu Apr 25 2013

Well to start the trail like most of the Black Rock area trails you can start at the backcountry board in the campground or over by camp site #30. We started at site #30 there you will see the trail head sign follow them till see the water tank just a tiny bit north on the fire road you will see west loop trail (Warren Peak will not be on the sign), follow it for a 1 mile or 1.5 mile. Then you will finally see Warren peak sign. A good 1.5 mile you will be in a washhope you enjoy sand. There is a small spring on the trail when we were there. Then continue to follow the signs about 2 miles the signs will be a wooden post. Follow the W.P. wooden sign. Up to this point the trail is not very steep, last mile it becomes pretty steep, though the trail is in good enough shape you do feel safe going up to the peak, you will be looking right at the peak for the final climb, once at the top there is a geological survey maker there with AMAZING views of Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, Palm Springs area and even the Salten sea. The trail continues to Warren View, which is a short side trail, the view is not quite as good as the peak and it is also lower elevation. Enjoy lunch up at the peak take in the view, rest drink water because soon you will be walking back down the same trail and back in the sandy wash.

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