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Panther Peak Wash - Roadrunner Loop, AZ

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Distance Loop 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,492 feet
Elevation Gain -134 feet
Accumulated Gain 210 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.35
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Panther Peak Prophecy Wash Loop
Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 387
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Trips 3,106 map ( 20,172 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Winter to Early Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:35pm
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A Simple Walk
by fricknaley

This is a very simple, basically flat walk through the desert in the northern Tucson Mountains, in the north part of Saguaro West National Park. This makes a nice little loop out of the only two official park service trails north of Picture Rocks Road, using the Cam-Boh trail to access them. This hike is easy, flat and parallels the road for a little while, so it's not for those seeking a secluded desert challenge. It is good, though, for a brief before work jaunt or run.

From the Cam-Boh trailhead, head east on the Cam-Boh trail as it crosses through the flat desert, paralleling the Picture Rocks Road. The trail is narrow and sandy, there are always great views of Wasson Peak to your right and Mt. Lemmon ahead of you. In about 0.3 miles you will cross the signed Prophecy Wash, which runs right/south. Stay on Cam-Boh. In another 0.3-0.4 miles you will cross the gravel Golden Gate Road heading south into the mountains. Pick up Cam-Boh on the other side and keep going. 0.6 more miles of easy walking through the desert brings you to the signed intersection for Panther Peak Wash trail. Hang a left here and head north. There are great views ahead of the Sombrero Peak Ridgeline and the long slope of Peak 3263 to the right. Also of course, you see Panther Peak to the left. Head north on the Panther Peak Wash trail for 0.2 miles, where it will cross Picture Rocks Road, and head north into the desert towards the mountains. The next 1.7 miles are basically in Panther Peak Wash. This is generally a wide sandy, rather typical desert wash. Easy to follow, it winds its way northwest. Occasionally the walls rise up a little on either side and there's pretty nice vegetation along the way. Finally you will come up to a fence marking State Trust Land, running right across the wash. To the left is the signed marker for the Roadrunner Trail. Take this easy flat trail back to the Cam-Boh trailhead. The Roadrunner is a narrow sandy trail that would be nice for running. Nice desert vegetation lines the trail. There is some private property off to the right. The trail is a quick 1.45 miles back to the Picture Rocks Road, which it crosses then drops you back off in the Cam-Boh parking lot.

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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.

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
$45 Annual Park Pass View All

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Cam-Boh Trailhead
From Tucson take exit 246 off I-10 and go west on Cortaro until it ends at a T. Turn right here onto Ina for a short distance, then Left onto Wade. Wade quickly becomes Picture Rocks Road and crosses through the Tucson Mountains. You'll see a couple of signs announcing Saguaro National Park. As you come down the west side of the mountains, just beyond Contzen Pass, the road swings hard to the right and there is a paved pull out area to the right. This is the Ringtail trailhead. Continue on Picture Rocks Road for about 2.5 more miles heading west. You will see a brown sign for the Cam-Boh picnic area on your left, just as you see a sign announcing you are about to leave the park. Pull in the Cam-Boh picnic area and park.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 106 mi - about 1 hour 42 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 14.4 mi - about 26 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 250 mi - about 3 hours 47 mins
page created by fricknaley on Jan 24 2009 11:52 am
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