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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park: Warren Peak via Black Rock

Escape the hot-air desert floor by bagging two breezy peaks with outstanding views on this 5.8-mile out-and-back hike.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.7

Waypoints

WPK001

Location: 34.0715408325195, -116.390899658203

Head S into a sea of sand and cacti punctuated by the outstretched arms of Joshua trees

WPK002

Location: 34.0693893432617, -116.392196655273

Swing L of water tower on jeep trail, then swing R, continuing S

WPK003

Location: 34.0646514892578, -116.388603210449

R @ Y, dropping into Black Rock Canyon

WPK004

Location: 34.0619506835938, -116.391899108887

L @ Y and across sandy, dry wash

WPK005

Location: 34.0553092956543, -116.396896362305

Black Rock Spring: Usually dry, but occasionally its weak trickle attracts desert birds and black-tailed jackrabbits. Look for tracks around the garden of cacti

WPK006

Location: 34.053768157959, -116.396598815918

Canyon narrows; go R @ Y toward Warren Peak

WPK007

Location: 34.0509986877441, -116.399597167969

R @ Y, bearing W into pocket between mountains

WPK008

Location: 34.0510101318359, -116.404502868652

R @ Y for brisk 400-ft. ascent up Warren Peak

WPK009

Location: 34.0551795959473, -116.407096862793

Warren Peak (5,103 ft.): A vast desertscape stretches to the San Bernardino Mtns. Backtrack to WPT 8 and turn R for .3-mile spur to Warren View

WPK010

Location: 34.0521392822266, -116.408203125

More fisheye views from Warren View (4,880 ft.). Head back to WPT 8 and retrace route to car