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Warren Peak Out-and-Back

  4.0 ( 8 ) Favorite


5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,116' 340 m
Descent: -1,115' -340 m
High: 5,081' 1,549 m
Low: 3,968' 1,209 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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Trail shared by Daniel Lammers

A fun trail that offers great views.

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


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.


Overall, this is a fun hike that has great views. The hike 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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Sep 15, 2019
Rebeca Hernandez
Great view!
Jun 9, 2019
Aaron Dobson
5.8mi — 2h 23m
May 28, 2019
Camille Rohrlich
2h 20m
May 5, 2019
Matt Hutcheson
Mar 23, 2019
Jesus Valencia
Nov 10, 2018
Amy Marocco
Sep 24, 2018
Vanessa Rondón
Jul 21, 2018
Jenn Brooks

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On the summit
Apr 22, 2018 near Yucca V…, CA
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


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