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Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,882 feet
Elevation Gain 1,523 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.6
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Author CannondaleKid
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Best view in the Goldfields!
by CannondaleKid

While not designated by name or altitude on any official maps, Panorama Peak is well worthy of the name, with a true panorama of awesome views.

The usual for any off-trail hikes... be prepared!

I have not been able to find any information about when it was named nor by who.

Panorama Peak can be reached from almost any direction, the likeliest routes are from the south or the west. I chose the western approach for a number of reasons... I'd already been halfway the previous month so had a good route already mapped out, it was the shortest drive into Bulldog from a gated entrance, and best of all, it was the shortest direct route, almost straight east from the designated trailhead on Forest Road #10.

From the trailhead you can begin one of two ways:
1. Circle around the hill immediately to the east and follow a lower route.
2. Get your heart rate going right away by climbing the hill and following the ridge east.
After several hikes, I'll take #2 every time. Once at the top you will find a faint trail sometimes used by range horses providing the most direct route. (The lower route had more brush, more ups & downs in various washes)

Once you hit the last wash it is simply a matter of continuing eastward up the largest drainage. Once you reach the bare rock areas of the drainage just continue up. Much of the time you can stay in the drainage, other times you will climb up the side to avoid a steep dry fall or thick and thorny brush. On the ascent my recommendation is stay to the right side of the drainage whenever you have to leave it... the left side has less vegetation, but the terrain is loose rock which provides more hazards, I know, that's what I did the first time out here. But whatever small detours you make, don't worry, you can't get lost if you just continue up the drainage to the top.

Just short of a mile and 1,000' of elevation gain you will reach the saddle. This is a good spot to take a short break while taking in the view not many folks get to see. After your snack/photo break, continue east along the canyon floor as it curves slightly south and back east again. Although you cannot see Panorama Peak from the canyon, as you reach the end what may appear to be the destination is actually a false-summit. Continue all the way up to the saddle just to the left of a nice rock outcrop that turkey vultures like to show-off and spread their wings wide.

When you reach this saddle, if you take a look slightly north of east but not up the slope, will catch a glimpse of Panorama Peak. If you don't look that direction, you'll simply climb toward the 'summit' until you reach it, only to realize Panorama Peak is another tenth of a mile east. It's an easy jaunt across a short saddle, followed the last ascent to the summit. If you curve around the left side, the final ascent is easier with just a dozen feet of rock-climbing.

Once at the top it's time to take a deep breath, drawing in the awesome views in all directions. Unfortunately after two days of gusty winds the dusty haze in the air didn't help my photos any. But in the end, there's no way photos can do justice to the view.

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While one may encounter the odd pool after recent rains, there are no reliable sources along the way.

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2014-03-28 CannondaleKid
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    This a pretty cool hike -- the views atop both Dome Mountain and Panorama Peak were great!

    I am not sure what to think about the Western Camouflage Tanks though -- I have read that they are used to provide water for wildlife, but I can't see how wildlife would get to the water in the tanks...but it is an interesting system to collect and store water

    The trail up to Dome Mountain was easily followed, and using a GPS track I was able to easily get to the Camo Tanks, and from there get to Panorama Peak...but the descent down from Panorama Peak was not that great -- on this trip I followed the route posted by hikerdw...The last time that I did this hike I took a shorter route down Panorama Peak on the east side, and it was not that great of a descent either
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    Back in the Goldfield Mountains for a second week to summit Dome Mountain, check out a second set of tanks, and take in the views from Panorama Peak, generally following CannondaleKid's route. The hike up to Dome Mountain went very quick, following a well marked trail. Some steep areas, but overall not bad. Very windy on top. From there the target was the tanks. Going around to the right was a no go so we went left, to the west. The trough was empty but everything looked in tack. Headed up to the saddle, Checked out a cave, back to the saddle, then down a bit on the other side, then made our ascent to the ridge and over to Panorama Peak. Since it was still windy, we dropped down off the peak a bit and had lunch while still enjoying the views. From there we continued across and down the ridge and then took the high side of a wash down off the ridge to make our return back. Not a bad decent off the ridge but did encounter some thick vegetation in spots. Overall a great hike.
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    Dome Panorama Loop - Goldfields
    Whew, that off-trail bushwhacking stuff can get pretty hard. I got invited to join Mark and Kelly for this little loop. Well it turned out to be little and mighty at the same time.

    We met at the Bulldog Canyon Gate where Mark took us in the mile and 1/2 to our starting point. We enjoyed a nice warm-up on the road to where we headed off trail following cairns and little white lines for the journey up to Dome Mountain. We admired the scenery as the morning light made it look even more beautiful. Along the way Mark pointed out this chute way up there that we would be taking to attain the Summit :o . I was already worried about the elevation gain on this one but fortunately it comes in bits, some rather large bits mind you, but doable bits.

    It was good to have the little white lines as a trail doesn't exist for the most part and it seems to zig and zag from time to time, but not necessarily where you would expect. Some sections were steep, some were steep and slippery but not bad; though I'm glad I had my poles out from the get-go. The views along the way really are quite something especially the higher you get when all of a sudden Weavers Needle is peeking above the horizon.

    You definitely go up at quite an angle and the last chute area is no exception. Mark and Kelly took their time so that was helpful; especially since I was continually trying to catch up after trying to take pictures or trying to take movies on the go. I actually haven't even looked at the movies as I've been tied up doing other things. I'm really trying to get on top of all the genealogy information I have and pictures. I figure since I have acquired all of that info and I'm the only one that knows the people, I need to get it up on our Romain Homestead site for the ages; otherwise, it will all die with me and what good is that?!

    Oh, back to the hike. I was quite surprised after looking out to the west from a little viewpoint that all of a sudden I could see Kelly. Was she at the top already? She had to convince me and a couple more steps and there I was on top too, the tallest peak in the Goldfields. Wow, not bad :DANCE: . We hung out here for a bit as Mark pointed out some other landmarks and our route. We would head zigzagging down the west side of the mountain and then head slightly north to the Camo Tanks. I couldn't understand what HAZel was saying until I could finally see them in the distance. That's quite the set up. We checked it out and then headed east to a saddle. This was a nice part of the hike as it was mostly on bedrock.

    Next we try to stay high as we head over to Panorama Peak. And then we stay on a bit of a ridgeline... all the time I'm worrying if we have to drop way down before attempting the second highest peak in the Goldfields. But we keep staying high and climb a little false peak that I thot was higher than it was before a little saddle and then up the north side with some scrambling at the end where two people could barely stand on the summit. And now, how do we get down from here. Well Mark had us swing a little to the right and we came down a side slope to the north and east. I could actually see the route they had taken as there seemed to be quite a bit of grass on this steep slope that fortunately had enough bush cover that you didn't have to worry much about sliding too far.

    Once at level ground we checked out the area around the various rock outcroppings before Mark took us east again and then atop the rock outcropping for our lunch stop. Now just too bad the rest of the hike wasn't like this first part as it wasn't too bad. But from here on out, it wasn't a whole lot of fun but we did enjoy the scenery. It was also starting to get a little warmer as we made our way down toward another drainage and around, contouring above it for a couple times as we went up and down a few times to get over to the main wash we would be taking to hook up with the Dome Mountain route.
    Well I decided to step on a rock Kelly had used to come down this one steep area but the rock gave out... and yes Mark, I heard the comment about the difference in weight thing ;) and fell sideways and ended up on my belly with my face in a grassy area. Well that was awkward. Kelly asked if she could help me get up as I contemplated how I was going to maneuver my body into an upright position. The grass was nice though so I was thinking maybe a little nap would be better :lol: . I got back up and then we continued on. I would slip two more times but both times I would land on my butt which makes it a lot easier to get up.

    We passed by a couple areas with some rock outcroppings and alcoves. Mark pointed out where the critter caves were that he had been at earlier in the week. We finally made it to the wash and started hiking up it. We took a 10 minute break before finishing off the last 3/4 mile of the wash; I needed a little more fuel. We were finally getting closer to the area where we joined back up with the Dome Mountain route. I was quite happy about that as I was running out of steam. I know, I know, I had only gone not quite 7 miles but when you're out of hiking shape and it's mostly bushwhack; that just ain't easy :sweat: . This area where we join back up with Dome Mountain was pretty in the morning and it was pretty now.

    From here to the road is quite spectacular :D and now we would see it at its best with the sun showing off the lichen on the mountain sides. I know I have my sunglasses on but it's like I needed an extra set as it was that bright as was the chuparosa blooms. I was glad to finally see the road but even it is a little steep and rocky in parts. And now to the beer, root beer for Kelly and Mark and a pumpkin beer for me. A good day out in the Goldfields. Thx Mark for touring us around, it was FAB. And thx to both of you for tolerating my whining and constant need to catch up again :budrose: ! Still recovering from significant bruising and swelling and scratches in my elbow area of my arm (fortunately not my Devil's Chasm elbow) as well as miscellaneous bruises acquired throughout this hike; badges of courage or clumsiness, not sure which :lol: .

    I think the videos turned out pretty nice, finally ready to go 3-10-2016 except #7 is still stabilizing. Oh, the videos include the pictures I took:
    Part 1 - Road walk and start of Dome route ... kxe8
    Part 2 - route to Dome Mountain continues, Summit ... nbWU
    Part 3 - Dome Summit down to tanks to saddle to ridgeline ... qXnI
    Part 4 - to Panorama Peak summit ... aufQ
    Part 5 - down from Panorama Peak ... Vr58
    Part 6 - above the drainages toward the saddle ... QFfY
    Part 7 - from the saddle to the TH ... HZ1I
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    Dome/Panorama Peak Loop
    Here's another short one for you Lee... ;)

    I love this loop so it was a treat to introduce Kelly & Angela to it. Fun hike, great views, although I doubt Angela would have called the last two bush-whacking descents as fun by any means.

    I have to give Angela a LOT of credit for hanging in there shortly after a bout with the flu, and with no complaint... at least not loud enough that I heard. Great job!

    No complaints from my ankle so I'm chomping-at-the-bit for more Goldfields Wandering.

    Tibber will provide the videos...
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    Dome & Panorama
    after seeing my comments on wanting to hike dome mountain, mark proposed a loop that took in both dome mountain and panorama peak
    he also extended an invite to tibber and az lumberjack, with angela taking him up on it
    met at the dome mountain trailhead, and mark drove us to the 1356 turnoff, saving a mile and a half road walk each way
    about 3/4 mile on 1356, then another 3/4 mile on a cairned use trail up to a saddle
    another half mile to the peak, again following a decent trail, complete with painted white lines
    there are several other ways to get up there, but this trail makes for an easy summit of the highest peak in the goldfields
    dropped off the west side and went down to the camo tanks
    up to the ridgeline that led to panorama peak
    small summit area, and great 360 views of the goldfields and superstitions
    descended to the north, exploring some cool rock formations, then taking lunch on another little ridge
    the rest of the hike was an off-trail tour of some areas to the north
    beautiful vistas as we crested each ridge, more interesting lichen covered rock formations and some little caves
    exited through a wash and topped out on the original saddle
    two more peaks accessible from this saddle: 3134 and 2972
    a nice tour of this range, and a reminder of how much there is yet to explore
    good to meet and hike with cannondalekid
    thanks for putting this together, mark
    angela, glad you came along
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    In Search of Overlook Arch 3
    For this, my third In Search of Overlook Arch hike I decided to take a different approach. Since the Goldfield Mountain Hikes book said to 'look northwest (from Panorama Peak) to see the arch in the upper reaches of 3192 canyon' so I figured I'd try from above looking down instead of looking up from below. For this to work as I hoped, I needed to get to Panorama Peak early enough in the day to have the benefit of looking at shadows.

    I began from FR 1356 in the Bulldog Off-Highway Recreation Area and followed the trail up the the saddle just east of Dome Mountain. Rather than the usual ascent up to Dome Mountain summit followed by the clockwise corkscrew loop down and around the western side before continuing across the ridge to Panorama Peak I decided to take a shortcut to cut off the additional 350' AEG of the usual route.

    So much for a shortcut... sure it was .3 mile shorter, but with all the up-and-down crossing ridges and ravines the AEG was every bit as much and then some. Oh well, it's the first of a lot of new ground I will cover today. Once up to the ridge it was a reasonable jaunt over to Panorama Peak.

    Just as was about to cross the last ridge to Panorama Peak I sensed 'something' so I stopped to listen while scanning the terrain for whatever it might be. After a full minute I had not figured it out, so I turned on my camera and zoomed it a little then used it to scan again. And as I swung it into the shade of Panorama Peak I see this deer staring at me. So I took a quick photo before attempting to get closer to shoot a video. While I did expect it to take off when I moved closer, I expected it would run away from me along a pretty obvious game trail but it came a bit toward me before making a quick turn and dropped out of sight on a steep slope within seconds, so I probably didn't get enough video to make it worthwhile.

    Oh well, since I have the camera ready, I figured I'd shoot video of the are where the arch was said to be. Although I now had a better idea of the likely places, which must be visible from above as well as from the Salt River, I didn't spot any arch. Maybe I need to get closer, so I dropped down the northern slope of Panorama Peak and headed for Peak 3192. Once on the ridge of 3192 I took more photos and wandered along the ridge but found no arches along the ridge or below it.

    It was originally part of my plan to continue north across the ridge then head down the right side of 3192 canyon, but with all the extra climbing and plenty of rough bush-whacking I wasn't prepared to add another thousand feet of climbing back up afterward. As it was, I didn't even want to climb back up to Panorama Peak, so I sought the shortest route down to the main drainage that I could follow all the way back up to the saddle east of Dome Mountain.

    But again, in the Goldfields, there aren't many easy routes when attempting to find the shortest route. So I did more up-and-downs until finally reaching the drainage. As long as the drainage was clear it wasn't bad, but there were quite a few areas choked with debris and/or thick and thorny brush, so it was still a long slog back up to the saddle.

    Once at the saddle I now had a trail to follow back to the Jeep. But about a half-mile from the Jeep I heard the sad howling of a dog, very much like what we heard a few days ago over on the Usery side of Bulldog. Again thinking of the lost dog we saw flyers for, I tried to locate the source. I got to a high point then stopped and listened and eventually heard a howl again and set off in that direction. Because the sound came from different directions as I moved around this went on for about 20 minutes, until I happened to look back over toward the trail and saw two dogs trotting up the trail. Oh great... that's the last time I go looking for a lost dog.

    I have a feeling these dogs run loose pretty much wherever they want as I did not see another person the whole day or even in the Bulldog area on the drive out.

    Ok, so IF I ever decided ONCE MORE to search for this elusive Overlook Arch, I'll take the same route I did for the first two attempts, at least it doesn't take over 3 hours just to reach the area like it did from this direction.
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    After our hike to Panorama Peak from the western approach two days ago I decided to try a southern approach. I planned to follow the existing trail to the saddle between Peak 3134 and Dome Mountain then continue down into the canyon and eventually turn northwest and climb a winding ridge to a point just east of Panorama Peak then cross over to it.

    Well, that plan lasted until I reached the saddle, when I spotted a freshly marked trail (with white painted lines & arrows no less) heading toward Dome Mountain. So, already with ideas of looping back from Panorama Peak to check out the Western Camouflage Tanks on the other side of Dome on my return from Panorama Peak, I figured I might as well make the loop clockwise instead of my original plan.

    While the route-finding was simple as can be, the climb became more of a challenge the farther up I climbed. While traversing a northern-facing slope through some steep, loose spots I would have chosen a route following a few game trails just above the marked trail instead. (I've always believed critters are smarter than humans when it comes to trails)

    Once past that slope the climb became rockier and steeper in direct proportion to altitude gain, but by simply taking it one step at a time, soon enough I was at the summit of Dome Mountain. A few photos and 360-pan video and I set off to find a route to the camouflage tanks to the west and 350' below. After reaching the northwestern end of Dome Mountain ridge with no route down, I backtracked halfway back toward the summit and dropped down the southwest slope and looped around first west then north until reaching the tanks, where I took the time to eat a PB&J.

    After a quick look around the tanks I followed the two pipes up to their sources, two small dam-like 'catchments' whose purpose was to catch the water and pipe it to the tanks below. But with both almost completely filled with a sandy gravel their efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.

    Whatever, time to move on, so I headed east up to the saddle before dropping down the other side just far enough to traverse the slope northward toward Panorama Peak. From there it was just a matter of following the top of the ridge in a wide arc gradually turning eastward until reaching Panorama Peak for the second time this week. Not quite as much haze as the last trip, but with plenty photos last trip I took few from the summit. (However, throughout this hike I'll take over 100 photos, as well as document over two hours of the hike on my GoPro)

    From the summit I will descend along the route I had originally planned as the ascent. As it turned out, I'm sure it would have been a shorter ascent than the descent due to being cliff'ed out a few times, which after looking back each time I could easily have bypassed those spots without having to backtrack. But no matter, it just made for a bit more distance is all.

    Once I reached the canyon floor it was just a matter of following the widest drainage up a half-mile to the saddle then following the trail back down to the start.

    Although a distinctively warmer 87 degrees (instead of 73 a few days ago) I enjoyed it and look forward to more of the same to help get fully acclimated for when the triple digit temps arrive and I'll have the trails to myself... I can't wait!
    Ok, ok... Tracey isn't into the high temps like me, so when she has a day off we'll be seeking higher elevations.

    With 100+ photos & hours of video it'll take a while to sort through it all. I took just enough time to cut the extraneous backtracks from the GPS track, beginning from the parking area where FR1356 makes a 90-degree turn in Bulldog Canyon.
    I posted 40 of the photos here on HAZ, the full 101-photo set is here: ... php?id=693
    Dome mountain summit video is here:
    Panorama Peak - Goldfield Mountains
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    The original plan was an oval-shaped counter-clockwise loop beginning a little farther south, climbing a more direct route to Panorama Peak, then north to Overlook Arch if we could locate it, back down the drainage due west to FR #10 where we would follow it south back to the start. But after less than a mile into the hike we were greeted by a cliff face with no ascent route. We extended the loop a bit farther but with still no feasible route we chose to turn back and take what was to be our descent route.

    Back to the Jeep we drove north a quarter mile to where there is more room to park and set off from there. Now some 2-1/2 hours later than our first start, we decided to fore-go a search for Overlook Arch and head directly to Panorama Peak.

    With a GPS route of my previous descent of this particular drainage route-finding was no issue, although Tracey was not exactly enjoying some of the steep loose sections... one of which took four steps forward to actually gain one step forward. Having been up and down this drainage previously it was nothing new for me.

    Once we hit the saddle at the top we took a glance in the direction of Overlook Arch and quickly agreed to skip it this trip and set out for the canyon floor. The canyon is more of a mildly-sloped bowl than anything so with the relatively open terrain the going was easy.

    Although we knew where Panorama Peak was, it wasn't in view due to another hill in between. After a quick look at the terrain we chose to simply follow the dry wash on the canyon floor in a wide arc until reaching the saddle at the far end. As we began the climb at the end of the canyon, we looked up and saw a Turkey Vulture on a rocky outcrop with it's wings fully extended. Whether it was to warm itself in the sun or just to strut its stuff, who knows. All I know was my camera didn't have the zoom to get a good shot, and by the time Tracey got her camera out of my pack (she had put it there during the worst of the climb) it had pulled its wings in. We waited a few minutes for it to spread its wings again but gave up and put the camera away. Oh yeah, then it spread its wings again, only to fold them just before Tracey could get a shot. We only waited thirty seconds this time, when it flew off.

    As we neared the end of the canyon the slope steepened and the going got a bit strenuous again so when we reached the saddle, Tracey said enough, you go on and I'll stay here. And as it turned out, where she picked her spot to wait gave her a view of Panorama Peak, which at that moment I thought was the high point in front of me. Only when I reached the 'top' would I realize it was a false-summit and I had another couple hundred yards to go. No big deal, a quick scoot across an easy saddle, winding a bit left which avoided a longer ascent up steep boulders and in moments I was at the top. There was no summit log, just a cairn and of course the awesome panorama! Unfortunately the gusty winds of the last two days left a dusty haze in the air so the photos left a lot to be desired... although to be sure, mere photos could never do justice to actually being there.

    The rest of the hike was pretty much a breeze since any slope was downhill. (Tracey didn't quite share that sentiment... especially the spots were more a 'slide' than a breeze.) but it all turned out good, no bumps, no bruises, not even a lasting scratch.
    (Hike stats include both the aborted hike and the successful hike)

    YouTube video from the summit of Panorama Peak is here: ... aPeak.html

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The trailhead is along Forest Road #10 in the Bulldog Canyon area. A free permit is required for vehicular access ( see fees/permits ).

    Easiest access for this particular hike is at the Bluepoint Bulldog gate along Bush Highway. From there continue along FR#10 to the trail head.
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