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Panorama Loop Trail

Intermediate

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2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 708' 216 m
Descent: -583' -178 m
High: 5,147' 1,569 m
Low: 4,439' 1,353 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Phil DiGirolamo

Climb up to the western ridge of the Black Rock Canyon camp area in Joshua Tree National Park.

Phil DiGirolamo

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Weather determines the restrictions. One gallon of water is recommended per person for summer visitors. Layers are necessary for winter visits as high winds and snow can occur.

Description

Heading out from atop the campground, just left of Camp 30, head towards the water tower. Go left at this point. After about a ¼ mile, runners will reach a junction with the Burnt Hill Trail. Go right at this point to stick to the Panorama Loop. You'll start a gradual climb through a large wash. After another ¼ mile, there will be a split, stay left.

As you continue up the wash, you'll come into the narrowing that is Black Rock Canyon. There is a sign that has two sets of initials, PL and MP. This is the beginning of the Panorama Loop. MP leads up to the Moranga Peak Trail located off of the backside of the Panorama Loop trail. As the trail narrows it winds up and on to the southern boundary of the Panorama Loop.

There is a set of steep switchbacks leading up to the ridge top once you get out of the canyon. From the top, you can look over to the mountains behind Palm Springs as you travel west. Continue on the south side of the ridge until you come upon an old jeep road that will loop to the north and back around to the beginning of the Black Rock Canyon. Then continue to loop back to the starting point.

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Nov 7, 2017
Michael Snyder

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Looking toward the east, it's desert as expected.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
This sign marks the first junction with Panorama Loop. Stick to the right to continue on Warren Peak Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Joshua Tree
Nov 26, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
It's a neat area heading up the trail to Warren Peak, complete with lots of vegetation and rock formations.
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
At the second split with Panorama Loop, follow the WP arrow to the right to continue on to Warren Peak.
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Into Black Rock Canyon we go.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA

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