Warren Peak

Climb out of Black Rock Canyon to an airy summit overlooking much of Joshua Tree National Park.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
8.4 km
Ascent
328 m
Descent
328 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.5 km
Gradient
11˚
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Warren Peak Map

Description

Warren Peak is a summit in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, located in the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Access to the trailhead is not through any of the park’s main entrances but through the Black Rock Canyon Campground. The start is the same as for Panorama Loop, which goes into Black Rock Canyon.

A ways up the canyon, which becomes increasingly narrow and closed in, you’ll pass a small, muddy spring and shortly after reach a fork in the drainage, where the trail diverges. This is where the loop portion of the Panorama Loop connects. Go right to head toward Warren Peak, and a little bit later go right again, at another fork. The path first goes up a smaller, steeper wash in a brushy valley, then comes to yet another fork, where left goes toward Morongo View, a lesser summit.

To get to Warren Peak, stay on the trail, which turns up the mountainside, then soon reaches a ridgeline. A final, steep section on the ridge leads to the peak and the reward of 360-degree views. It’s quite a dramatic summit, with a rocky pedestal at the very top. From there, you can clearly see across Coachella Valley to the mighty Mount San Jacinto, and over to the bald summit of San Gorgonio.

These views are similar to what you’ll get on Panorama Loop, but the trail to Warren Peak doesn’t go quite as high or stay on a ridgeline for nearly as long. It can be thought of as a slightly shorter alternative to the loop, or as a challenging addition to it.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/hiking.htm https://www.americansouthwest.net/california/joshuatree/panorama-trail.html

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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