Panorama Loop Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
#9 of 80 trails in

Panorama Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yucca Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1194 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Joshua Trees, Pinyon Pines, Spectacular Mountain and Desert Views With a trailhead situated at about 4000 ft. elevation, the Panorama Loop Trail within the Black Rock Canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park offers some of the most interesting flora and spectacular views within all of Joshua Tree National Park. Located within the northwestern-most portion of the park, Joshua Trees are plentiful and temperatures are much cooler than in the parts further south, and the botanical and geological "surprises" to be encountered by a Black Rock Canyon hiker, to say nothing of the spectacular views of the San Gorgonio Mountains and surrounding desert terrain, make this sandy and often uphill trek very worthwhile. The trail, which begins adjacent to campsite #30 in the Black Rock Canyon Campground, is well-signed-be sure to keep your eyes open for the markers with the letters "PL" (Panorama Loop). Obtain a trail map at the Ranger Station/Visitor Center, wear sturdy shoes and gaiters, and carry plenty of water-there is NONE along the trail.

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

4 months ago

one of best sunset views one can find.

hiking
7 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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Do the loop counter-clockwise (take the right fork) and the uphill portion is more gradual. Terrific changes in scenery, landforms and views.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a good hike. Definitely not easy. Alot of uphill hiking. Very beautiful trail.

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful views not an easy trail

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Overall great trail! The walk from the campground is about 20 minutes and on the duller side, but you are rewarded with some really awesome views. Also, despite hiking this on a Saturday afternoon, we only crossed paths with two other pairs of hikers!

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

:)

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Nice day out! Lots of flowers, green vegetation, and small critters to look at.

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

This trail is awesome! It just got a lot of work put into it by the JT trail crew in 2015. I know because I helped with it. I recommend it to all my friends. The views are spectacular.

hiking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fun. Scenic.

hiking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Slightly more than easy if you are not accustomed to hiking at altitude. It was a beautiful hike with great variety of desert plants and scenic perspectives. Several trail options if you want to go farther and higher.

hiking
Sunday, March 08, 2015

This is a great trail! I run the whole thing once a month or so. It's really about 7 miles out and back from the campground. Clearly marked and absolutely beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The only reason it is a four star because most of the trail is in a wash. However it really is one of the better hikes in Blackrock area. Just remember to get on the Panorama loop trail you are on the West loop trail for a bit till you get to the water tank above camp site #30. Then just follow the trail markers through the wash and as you are also on the warn peak trail for a while till you brake off on Panorama loop which is marked with PL. There is no major climbing at all climbing about 1,000ft. but the view from the top is amazing. On most days you can not only see the Palm Springs area but also Saltine Sea. The trail then follows the hill side till you come back down and around to the wash. There is a connector to Warne Peak at the bottom of the was when you finish the loop (the signs is a wooden sign and by a big old Pine. wonderful hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I loved it ! It's always relaxing hiking in the desert :).

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2011

A very nice little nature walk if you are in Joshua tree national park.

hiking
7 days ago

Load More