Panorama Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.3 miles
692 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running





Directions from Lakeside: Drive on State Highway 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45). Drive 6.0 miles towards Vernon. Trailhead is on Forest Road 206.

1 month ago

Did this hike in late March and although there were a few minor muddy spots, the entire hike and trail we felt were fantastic. It wasn’t very hilly so that was good but I thought that the trail was marked exceptionally well and we could have easily done the hike without GPS although it is always nice to have. I thought that the views at parts were extremely pretty and at one point, because it was a clear day, we could see the San Francisco Peak mountain. I liked this hike a lot more than I thought I would have based on some reviews. The difficulty, I feel, comes more from the distance rather than the terrain. Overall a great hike and highly recommended.

2 months ago

We did this 3/20/19. Concerned about daylight so we used the shortcut. Trail markings were great except when we hit the end of shortcut. Have to make a sharp left - almost a u turn. Just look for white diamond markings and you’ll be good to go. We went straight there at first and saw blue diamond markers, couldn’t find what they meant on map, so we turned around until back to “shortcut” sign and then saw white diamond marker we were looking for.We hiked almost 8 miles and never saw another human being. Trail still had some snow and a bit muddy, but weather was perfect. Only reason this is marked moderate is for distance I’m guessing. Fun.

mountain biking
10 months ago

great trail but a little bit hard for me right now still recovering from triple bypass almost 6 months ago. should be killing it in no time.

mountain biking
11 months ago

We took the recommendations of other reviewers and rode this clockwise, glad we did! Had a blast on a long rocky downhill which I can't imagine going up. We chose to take the shortcut which was a long steady uphill which had us huffing and puffing since we weren't use to the elevation. Strava said our ride was 7.5 miles. Saw a lone coyote out there.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Nice Trail to Ride

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Not too strenuous at all a few hills but nothing too major. Very rocky. Very long took us 4 hours to do the whole loop, we did take a few breaks. Several spots with great views for photo ops. Make sure you follow the white diamonds and you cross over a few dirt roads. There is also a shortcut about 4 miles in - follow the white diamonds with the yellow dot, I'd say this cuts about 4 miles off the 9.3 but I'm not sure, just a guess but it is a significant shortcut

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Good length for a couple hours hike. Some pretty panoramic views but not as many as you might expect. Not very much elevation gain so good for someone who has bad knees or doesn't want the challenge of a mountain.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My boyfriend and I are seasoned hikers and were in the area looking for a fun long hike. To be honest, we were a bit disappointed. There weren't that many great scenic points for how long the trail was. It was a great length for a good afternoon activity, but I'd say it is more of an easy rated trail for a quiet enjoyable walk through the woods.

mountain biking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Cool trail, although pretty hard for me. If you are out of shape and/or not used to the altitude, it will be a great workout. I am both, so I was really huffing at times. Also, I am an experienced bike rider, but not an experienced trail rider. There are two sections at the beginning and end, which have tons of fist-sized rocks. If you go clockwise, the section after about 2-3 miles is very downhill and the one towards the end is very uphill. I had to get off and walk. Great scenery, great views, fresh air. 9 am on a Saturday, I saw two riders in the parking area, and two horse trailers, but I did not see anyone on the trail. It is well-marked, as are most WMTS trails. Going clockwise, towards the end, the trail criss-crosses a big dirt road and is a bit confusing. Just stay on the road and keep your eyes peeled off the road to the left looking for the white diamonds to start again.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great trail markings

mountain biking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Awesome trail. Great single track, not very rocky. Follow trail clockwise for the most fun.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Did the short loop today, wonderful views from the ridge. Well marked and easy to follow. Lucky enough to a coyote and some beautiful wild flowers. Just made it back to the car before an amazing storm hit. So glad we paid attention to forecast and hiked early, parts of this trail are very exposed and would be quite scary in a thunderstorm

mountain biking
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Love this trail for mountain biking. Lots of variety and not too technical. Great trail for beginners.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Definitely a good trail. My wife and I hiked it 3/26/15. Beautiful day. One set of retirees did the mountain bike. Another horse trailer was parked there. It is very well marked except for the intersection of the short cut if you go counter clock wise direction. We probably walked a mile in the wrong direction before my gut said to turn around. When we got back on the trail around 1/4 mile marker 20 we ran into a lady on a horse. She told us about a road that would provide another short cut. I'm glad we took it. It is an ATV trail and was better for us at that point.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Great mtb trail close to town with a little bit of everything from rocky descents to smooth swoopy turns through pine trees and a nice steady uphill climb. Recommend riding clockwise as the panoramic views are easily missed when riding the other direction. Easy to navigate, just follow the blue and white markers on the trees. No facilities at the trailhead so come prepared and ready to rip! Good fun!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Loved this hike! We did the shortcut and everything was clearly marked. The view at the top is beautiful! Well worth it and so close to central pinetop. We even saw a family with kids on this one and some people riding horses!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nice trail. I also went east and cutback on the clearly marked shortcut. 4.64 miles according to my app. The beginning is a leisurely walk through the White Mountains, and so is the middle and end. The really interesting part comes about a mile and a half into the trail, where you climb a sparsely treed ridge where you can get good views of the White Mountains looking south and east. Unfortunately, this stretch only lasts less than a half mile. I whole-heartedly recommend stopping at marker P7 right before you climb down from the ridge, where you can take in the peace and serenity of the mountains under a shaded Ponderosa Pine.

Monday, May 12, 2014

If you want a shorter hike, take the East half of the loop and come back on the shortcut trail. It's well marked and still has the panorama views. This brings the length to just under four miles.

mountain biking
Friday, October 25, 2013

The local MTBers Strava bench mark. Fun, Scenic & 100% single track. Mountain Bikers should use caution on weekends as this trail is popular w/ hikers & equestrians also.

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