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Warren Peak Out-and-Back

Intermediate
 4.0 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun trail that offers great views.


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

87%

Runnable

5,081' 1,549 m

High

3,968' 1,209 m

Low

1,116' 340 m

Up

1,115' 340 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife

No pets, as with the rest of Joshua Tree National Park.

Overview

This out and back route offers beautiful overlooks of the surrounding peaks. On a clear day, you'll be rewarded with views of San Jacinta, Big Bear, and Palm Springs.

Need to Know

Bring water and wear appropriate footwear. The provided map at the Ranger station is sufficient for basic navigation if you are not already familiar with the area.

Description

Overall, this is a fun run that has great views. The run is well traveled and mostly marked well. The route begins on the Black Rock Canyon Trail, which is a gradual warm up. The lower part of the trail is wide with softer sand. The trail narrows towards the end as it winds through a canyon like area which has various forms of vegetation and rock formations. This first portion of the route will have clear signs while the upper part has wooden posts with initials for either the Warren Peak Trail (WP) or the Panorama Loop Trail (PT). While the posts aren't quite as clear, they're not too confusing.

Up until the split for the Warren Peak Trail and the scenic overlook, the trail is a consistent gradual climb. At this point, you'll have a clear view of Warren Peak and the trail will become much steeper. The footing can be troublesome as there is a lot of loose sand on top of rock so care is needed. Making it to the top is well worth it as the views of Big Bear, San Jacinto peak, Palm Springs, and Yucca Valley are well worth it. The trail is Intermediate/Difficult only for the last .8 miles.

Once you've reached the top, take your time enjoying the view before you decide to return to the trailhead the same way that you came.

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Shared By:

Daniel Lammers

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  4.0 from 10 votes

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Photos

The view from Warren Peak looks out over Palm Springs.
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Revel in this awesome view from Warren Peak!
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
San Jacinto Peak (under clouds) from the summit of Warren Peak
Apr 27, 2018 near Yucca V…, CA
The section of trail up to the peak is quite steep!
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Warren Peak, looking south.
May 7, 2019 near Yucca V…, CA
Look for this sign marking the trail heading up the wash. Most of the trail is sand (as seen here).
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA

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Apr 7, 2018
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Fun but start early in AM to avoid the heat. Enjoyed the view from the top and saw lots of wildlife on the way. 5.8mi