|Warren Peak Panorama 5195 Loop, CA|
|Warren Peak Panorama 5195 Loop, CA|| |
Warren Peak Panorama 5195 Loop, CA
|Hiking||8.56 Miles|| 3 Hrs 48 Mns ||2.61 mph|
|1,863 ft AEG|| 31 Mns Break|
|After hiking a loop at the Maze in the morning, we drove to Black Rock Campground to start the second hike of the day. We parked at Black Rock Nature Center and headed south to campsite #30 where the trail to Warren Peak and Panorama Loop begins. The campground has a bunch of Joshua Trees, but the geology in the early part of the trail was much different than the boulder piles at the Maze, with a lot more black rock...hence the name.|
We hadn't seen anyone on the trail in the morning, but that wasn't the case this afternoon. It was a steady, gradual incline toward Panorama Loop, and we started counterclockwise to take the spur toward Warren Peak first. The final ascent up to the summit was a little steeper, but nothing too difficult aside from the windy conditions. It wasn't a particularly warm day to begin with, and the wind up at the summit was probably 30+ mph. There was a small tin with a summit register as a USGS benchmark at the top, and we had nice views of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto poking up above the haze. We briefly had the peak to ourselves before we started back down to get out of the wind.
On the way back to the loop, we took a short spur trail to an overlook below and a little south of Warren Peak. We were doing well time-wise, so we hiked the full Panorama Loop, continuing counterclockwise and passing through some nice forests of large Joshua trees. The wind was brutal again up near the high points along the southern part of Panorama. The trail passes just south of Peak 5195, and I took a quick detour up to the top on a short social trail. Nice views, but nothing of particular interest up there, just the windiest conditions of the day, which felt pretty cold on an afternoon that topped out in the mid-50s. It's almost a hundred feet higher than than Warren (5,103') but Peak 5195 doesn't have a benchmark or register.
[ youtube video ] (mostly just wind noise for audio on this one )
Things calmed down a bit after we dropped down from 5195 and lost a few hundred feet of elevation on the north section of Panorama, and we passed through more Joshua trees and some nice rock formations as we finished off the loop. The hike back to the campground was quick and easy, with a slight downhill most of the way. This was a new hike for both of us, and it ended up being a very enjoyable loop with two peaks, and it wasn't ridiculously crowded by typical national park standards.