The Panorama Loop and Warren Peak hike in Joshua Tree NP gets you away from the crowds and into some classic Joshua Tree terrain. You'll enjoy Joshua Tree groves, foothill climbs, and epic views. You'll also bag the most western point over 5000 feet in Joshua Tree NP. And Warren Peak is not Warren Peak. More about that in the guide.
In this Guide:
Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions for Panorama Loop & Warren Peak Hike
There is no entrance gate to Joshua Tree NP here. I just leave my National Parks pass on my dashboard.
Gear For the Hike
This is your classic Joshua Tree trail. In the summer, it's probably too hot to hike outside of sunrise and sunset. The trail can be very sandy. Bring plenty of water and trekking poles for the steep slopes of Warren Peak.
If you're looking for a fun backpacking trip through Joshua Tree NP, the California Riding & Hiking Trail (CRHT) is a thru-hike that you can bag in 2-3 days. I have a full guide here.
Warren Peak is not officially Warren Peak. The Parks Service refers to it as Warren Peak, but it's listed as a survey marker "with checked spot elevation," and the word "Warren" is next to it on the official USGS Topographic maps. The elevation benchmark is from 1939. It first appeared on the official map in 1955. But the word "Warren" doesn't appear on maps until 1972. Some people call it "Warren Point" since it's not an official peak name.
After visiting Warren Peak, head back the way you came.
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