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rocky
2 days ago

Great, easy hike to the peak to see great views of our beautiful town of Yucca Valley!

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.

This trail is all sand. If you’re okay with that, then it’s great.

trail running
1 month ago

Well marked a easy to follow. Find the trail head before parking.

Not a bad trail. I ran it and a lot of it is soft sand. the trailhead was hard to find from the visitors center. drive around and find it before parking.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

My 14 y/o son and I just finished the CRHT going east to west from Black Rock Canyon. We cached water at Juniper Flats and Geology tour. We needed every drop of water given the heat. We probably drank 5 liters each per day. On day one, we went @ 13.5 miles and camped at the intersection of Stubby Springs/Juniper Flats Road. This was the toughest day given the vertical and heat. Day 2 was long as we decided to get ~6 miles past our second water cache to the White Tank Campground. I think the campground was technically closed for the season but nobody was around to monitor! The site was beautiful and the sunset from the top of one of the rock formations was quite memorable. The last day was just 7.5 miles out. Overall, a challenging but doable three-day hike. Highly recommend toe socks as the friction of the sand walking will cause some blister issues. Bring blister tape just in case. Also, mosquitos at night were an issue so bring bug spray.

This hike is very pleasant and not strenuous hike. The climb is very gradual and the trail is easy to follow. We were worried about the heat but there is a surprisingly cool air current throughout most of the hike. While the mountains in the distant are a welcome companion—especially with the snow caps on top. —the scenery is not very varied.

Beautiful views of wildflowers and the Joshua Trees. I would say it was moderately difficult. Some parts of the trail were narrow. The trail was marked very well and is lightly trafficked since it’s not within the main roadways of JTNP.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful hike! Visited at the end of May and it wasn't too hot. Moderate hike with uphill/downhill portions at the end if you go counterclockwise. Very cool mountain views, flowering plants, and animals.

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no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers. There are several trails from black mountain camp ground that can take you to the main peak trail, not really sure which route we ended up on. Most of the elevation gain is at the end, otherwise it’s a pretty moderate hike.

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no shade
3 months ago

This hike out to Eureka Peak is not very challenging and not exactly what I was looking for today. Regardless, it was still a good time and I liked to see the many beautiful Joshua trees and unique landscape of the park from the top of the peak. Be prepared to do the entire hike on sand. The first mile and a half is in soft sand, which then becomes slightly more gravely. The last mile or so to the peak are more steep and can be difficult if you move at a fast pace! The view at the top is great. You can see both San Jacinto and Gorgonio peaks, which are still very much covered in snow from this vantage point. Also, don’t underestimate the power of the sun! Even though it was partly cloudy I still got very burnt.

The trail mostly follows sandy washes, which adds a layer of difficulty to the trip. The flowers were still showing off, but otherwise Panorama trail has more to offer.

This was the first trail I did at JT, so worth it! The loop part gains a surprising amount of elevation in a short switchbacked climb (did it clockwise) the rest of it is a bit boring trail-wise, just sand but cool views, especially for a first timer. I stayed at black rock campground only 3 sites down from where the trail starts, otherwise not sure about the parking situation.

First hike for my first visit to Joshua Tree. The park and this hike didn't disappoint! Did the hike counter-clockwise so the climb was easy. There were some wildflowers still to be seen, though the bulk of the bloom was dried up. The trail wasn't too crowded, maybe 8 people total on our trek. Beautiful views for miles including snow caped San Gorgonio.

Excellent trail! It is moderate, with many ups and downs and hill areas. I did it counter clock wise and had a great experience. I got to see a few rabbits and a small deer passing by. Beautiful wildflowers, blooming cactuses, and dry vegetation.

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.

Excellent trail. I did it counter clock wise and has a great experience. I got to see rabbits and a baby dear pass by. Many beautiful wildflowers, blooming cactus and dry vegetation. Come early in the morning for a cool hiking experience!

Excellent trail with breathtaking view. There’s steps on it! It is very nicely marked!

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice views from up top.

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blowdown
no shade
4 months ago

Great views and lots of wildflowers.

Lots of variety of wildflowers in peak to late condition. Chaenactis, globe mallow, malacothrix.... nice for birds too. saw a Scott's Oriole. great views of nearby mountains, moderately challenging with ups and downs. pretty well marked.

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
4 months ago

First off, my Garmin logged this trail at 10.5 miles (from the visitor center). Not 9.9 miles. Second, the majority of this trail is soft sand, which is miserable. But that’s the case with most trails in Black Rock Canyon, so if you come here, just except your ankles to get abused. Besides those two things, the trail isn’t that difficult until the last .75 miles or so when it gets pretty steep. We’re fairly novice hikers so it took us 5.5 hours round trip. As everyone else says, bring A LOT of water, and food. Views from the top are pretty darn nice, but not as good as Warren Peak. Recommended if you are in the area and you have 4-6 hours to kill.

Nice hike. Butterflies galore! Saw two types of lizards and a Jack rabbit. Wildflowers scattered throughout. First and last 1.75 miles are exposed in the dessert floor and hot! The trail is sandy and boots or gators are recommended. I would go counterclockwise for a more gradual ascent. Clockwise if you want a steeper challenge on the way up. Views from the top are amazing.

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