Panther Den Loop

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Panther Den Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bakers Crossroads, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

14 days ago

21 days ago

Amazing trail, great rock scrambling!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome outdoor playground. the walls similar to giant city are even better here because there are more caves and passageways to explore and poke into and through.

the only issue was trail was not marked very well (well at least the '371' you have to follow).. just before and to the bluffs, the only sign of trail marking is only markings to the river to river trail.

we only made sense of our bearings only with my gps, which helped me find our way back.

other than that kids had a blast exploring and poking around the caves and slot canyons

1 month ago

Path is not marked very clearly and with the different turns you can take it would be very easy for someone that doesn't know the trail very good to get lost.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! I have always enjoyed hiking here. The only issue I have is a new issue... someone is riding horses through these trails.
This is one of the few trails I have found in this area that does not allow horses. I was very disappointed when I had to start dodging horse crap and massive holes made by horses. This has never been an issue and it makes me sad that Panther Den is being ruined by someone who doesn't have any respect for others.
A year ago I would have given this trail 5 stars, no question.... but it is with a heavy heart that I have to give it 3 stars.

2 months ago

Had to turn around due to lack of markings. Path not clear with lots of intersections.

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Good trail up to the primary rock formations. If you go clockwise, the turn off the river to river trail is hard to find. Look for the older style sign on a post. I'd recommend counter-clockwise. It would be easier.

Lots and lots of spider webs. Came home sticky with them even waving a stick.

Back half of the loop is slightly overgrown, but the foot path was clear enough. Guessing most people walk out to the rocks then turn around.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful rock formations and walk by the creek. Many trails to explore and get lost... App definitely helps (we didn't get lost)

6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015