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Panther Peak Wash - Roadrunner Loop

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Saguaro National Park

Panther Peak Wash - Roadrunner Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is a really nice hike that gives a sense of why the Tucson Mountains have been dubbed "The Tucson Chaos" by some. The first leg of the trail starts at the Cam-Boh picnic area and follows the Cam-Boh trail for 1.25 miles to the Panther Wash. Following the Panther Wash north, you will quickly approach the beautifully rugged ridgeline of both Panther and Safford Peak. The current theory regarding the origins of the Tucson Mountains is that they were a volcanic top that rested on top of the granite Santa Catalina Mountains. Over many millennia the Tucson Mountains slid 20 mile west leaving the Tucson basin in between (still looking for a good citation). At the foothills of Panther Peak the wash connects with the Roadrunner Trail which takes you back to the Cam-Boh picnic area.

4 months ago

The more I hike this trail the more I like it. I found the views more enjoyable if I hike this loop counter clockwise pattern.

hiking
5 months ago

It's okay. The first segment near the picnic area is gorgeous with lush desert vegetation and pretty mountain views - the only drawback of this part is the road noise. The rest of the trail is okay. The wash is interesting in some places but overall kind of boring. I might bring guests to hike the Cam-Boh trail but likely won't seek out the remainder of the loop again.

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

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no shade
rocky
Mon Jul 01 2019

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no shade
Mon Mar 18 2019

Great if you are a horse or love beach like hiking. The cacti are wonderful.

Thu Dec 29 2016

Sandy and rocky trail, views are beautiful.

hiking
Sun Dec 04 2016

Not my favorite hike, the trail was sandy and not very compacted. Would be excellent on a horse, but on foot it was irritating and slow progressing. The views were excellent though.

hiking
Fri Nov 20 2015

This trail was very hard on my ankles. 90% of this trail was soft sand or wash type material with no traction.

hiking
Sun Nov 02 2014

Convenient parking at the Cam-Boh Picnic area, and easy to find trail head. Trails are decently marked and maintained. Nice, fairly flat trail with wonderful desert scenery. Much of the Panther Peak Wash Trail runs along the namesake wash, so best to avoid if there is a chance of rain. Wash bed is primarily sandy, so sand cups on trekking poles is advisable. Also, if you reach the fence at the north end of the Panther Peak Wash Trail, that divides the National Park from the State Trust land, the Roadrunner Trail branches off just before the fence. Panther Peak Wash Trail continues, so a sign indicating the trail's path around the fence points the opposite way of the Roadrunner Trail. There is an area with thick cholla cactus at the north end of the Roadrunner Trail. A comb or multitool for dealing with cholla berries is a good idea. While it's possible to traverse the trail without hooking any cholla berries, it's not called "jumping cactus" for nothing.

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

scenic driving
5 months ago

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8 months ago

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Fri Jun 07 2019

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Fri May 24 2019

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Mon Apr 08 2019

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Sat Mar 23 2019

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Sat Feb 16 2019

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