Panorama Loop Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
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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.

6.2 miles
1194 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

6 days 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.

14 days 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.

24 days ago

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

30 days 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!

5 months ago

one of best sunset views one can find.

8 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!

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 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.

10 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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

beautiful views not an easy trail

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!

Saturday, October 08, 2016


Saturday, May 07, 2016

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

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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fun. Scenic.

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.

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.

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