Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Yucca Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We love this trail!!! Awesome views provide an excellent reward for the hike up! In the spring, the wildflowers are usually abundant along the path and the view of San G is awesome with the snow peak visible.

This was a beautiful hike, saw lots of lizards, road runners, jack rabbits and almost stepped on a beautiful snake (no, I’m not scared of snakes and God’s creations are all beautiful in their own way) so that got the morning started off well. Jeff had read on another review to hike the loop going counter clockwise....it wasn’t until our hike DOWN that I understood why. If we would have hiked going clockwise we may have still been out there trying to finish. It would have been uphill most of the way. Don’t go left...go right...go counter clockwise. Plus take plenty of water and start early in the morning. The reason it’s not getting 5 stars is because the trail wasn’t marked very well. For as popular as it claims to be, there needs to be good, straightforward signs letting the hikers know if they are going the correct way. Also, there wasn’t any warning about the little chat/gravel you have to walk in. May sound picky on my part but still, a little heads up would have been welcomed. Would I recommend this hike? YES...but remember go counter clockwise and have fun. Oh and don’t forget to watch where you are stepping

2 months ago

Great trail. We did this in June and the weather was very hot. Just make sure to bring a hat and lots of water with you. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also necessary since there's hardly any shade. It's all well worth the beautiful view at the top! Also make sure to not get lost, we went on the wrong turn on our way back and added an extra mile to it lol grab a map from the camping services center or just keep an eye out on your phone for directions!

2 months ago

Great trail ... amazing views ... looking forward to walking it again ...

Great trail for little hikers that don’t mind some climbing. Rock staircases are fascinating, and at 1.3 miles it won’t turn the kids off. Great views, great flora and great fauna.

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk. really enjoyed it! take plenty of water...

Great nature hike

Fun little lasso trail. Be careful with the narrow/slippery trails while climbing in elevation during the loop portion.

hiking
4 months ago

A fun relatively short hike. Family friendly - we hiked it in about an hour with 2 young children.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this trail on our first day in Yucca Valley. We started out following the black canyon trail (that is very flat), and decided to add the panorama loop. If you start the loop to the left, you will have a steeper elevation trail than if you start the loop to the right. We started to the left, and we reached the highest point early on in the loop, so the rest of the loop was somewhat boring in comparison (why I rated 4 stars). Next time, I’d start the loop to the right.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this trail on a cool winter day and it was delightful. I would not attempt it on a hot and sunny day, as it offers little shade (like all hikes in JT). The scenery and views are incredible. There are more trees and wildlife here than in other parts of the park.

Nice easy trail. Spectacular view at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail with gorgeous views. Take it clockwise for a more strenuous walk up and a lovely view down the valley on the way down.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

Fantastic hike!

Wonderful hike, highly recommended!

hiking
7 months ago

Great!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

The sand, wind and cold were the challenge, but the views were breathtaking! Great hike.

Beautiful views, very well maintained

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

It’s beautiful! Thousands and thousands of butterflies and lady bugs, so much your walking through them!!! Beautiful even for young kids!

hiking
10 months ago

I chose this trail due to its proximity to Morongo Valley and I’m so glad I did. While I am an experienced hiker, I did this hike with a newbie— my five year old niece, who loves to hike and is a Palm Springs native. We started just before 9am, and finished shortly after 12 noon. We had frequent stops. First, to eat our lunch 1/2 a mile in... She was hungry...kids are always hungry. Then to see all the animals, which she insisted on counting. I taught her how to follow a trail, how to navigate bees safely, and how to avoid stepping in horse dung! Hahaha! When I told her she had completed her first mile, she was so excited and proud of herself. She said, “I want another one.” Lucky for her, we had two more to go. We stopped to drink water, to stretch , take in the views. And, when she finally finished... She was so excited— she probably could have kept going. But, we opted to celebrate with milkshakes instead. It gets hot, so, I would advise bringing lots of water, sunglasses, and if you’re as lucky as we were, it’ll be a breezy day that will cut down the heat significantly.

Great views!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

one of best sunset views one can find.

trail running
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Awesome run. Good high view of yucca valley!

trail running
Monday, May 08, 2017

Awesome trail for running- If you're not used to the trails out here, this one will be considered moderate. Enjoy!

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Short and friendly for all ages but great panorama scenes and lots of wildflowers in spring.There are tortoises oh and the tortoises are hard to find and the coyotes will be hard, really really hard to find.And it is beautiful sight

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