The Maze Loop

MODERATE 34 reviews
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The Maze Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Panorama Heights, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

The Maze Loop trail is a fun, quick hike, that’s (apparently) become much more well-marked in the past year.

4.7 miles, about half of it you’re walking in sand, and you’re usually in what quite literally feels like a maze. Pretty cool! I did it this morning, and while there aren’t any wildflowers (to be expected in July), it still laid host to gorgeous views, near and far.

I definitely want to check out the Grand Loop and North View Trail, either during the Winter or one early Summer morning.

As long as you’re following the clearly marked rocks defining somewhat ambiguous parts of the trail, you’ll have no problem making your way around the loop!

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3 months ago

Here's my present opinion. There are 3 loop trails that are all contiguous with each other, can be combined to do anywhere between 4 to a little over 8 miles depending on what you want. I have done the whole Maze and North Window loops, and the North Window loop is a better hike than the Maze Loop. I do like very much the "Maze part" of the Maze loop (about 25 % of the loop at it's eastern side), but the rest is less interesting. About 70% of the North Window Trail is very interesting, and we saw more "wildlife" on the North Window Trail (birds, horny toads, 2 desert Tortoises, lizards, and brief view of a fast snake). I have not done the southern part of the "grand loop" (Window Trail) which is probably a better choice than the drab dry wash that is the southern part of the Maze loop. This "Window Trail" southern extension that goes south of the impressive rocky hills of the hike probably adds about a 1 1/2 miles to your hike, but might be worth it. The "grand loop" of all 3 loops is 8.2 miles, and might be your best bet, otherwise I would recommend the North View Trail loop with an out and back through the Eastern part of the Maze (to it's end as it turns west into the endless wash), then turn around and come back through the eastern Maze again, then head west back to the parking lot). Note, if you look, there is one track on Alltrails that is this "Grand loop". All trails are well marked.

6 months ago

Read there was a slot canyon, but not true. Still a decent hike!

8 months ago

My hiking buddy and I were so happy with this trail! It says it’s 4.8 but it’s more like 6 because it’s a little over half a mile to the start of the trail. The trail is mostly flat so it was fairly easy. We went in October and the weather was perfect. There are a couple spots on the trail that get confusing and we had to backtrack a couple times, but if you follow the rock paths people have made you’ll be fine.

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recorded Joshua Tree - Snowfall!

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recorded Maze Loop

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