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Pink Panther Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,329 feet
Elevation Gain 421 feet
Accumulated Gain 484 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.92
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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14  2022-10-27 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 44
Routes 66
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Trips 212 map ( 1,182 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 10 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:51am - 6:23pm
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by Mike_W

Pink Panther Peak is a challenging steep rock climb near the top 0.25 miles, but the rest of the hike involves good trails/road in and around Panther Wash and almost all the way to the saddle North of Pink Panther peak. 90% of the hike is fairly easy and can be enjoyable for almost anyone. Going to Panther Peak is definitely not for everyone.

From the corner on West Ina road in the town of Picture Rocks, start heading on the trail leading north. After 200 feet, you should see a good trail heading east toward Panther Wash. Take this trail in the direction of Panther Wash which you will want to cross. When you get close to the wash you may need to do a small amount of bushwhacking to get into the wash. By the time you reach the wash, you would have traveled roughly 0.35 miles. Cross the wash and look for packrat/deer trails leading in the direction of the saddle North of Pink Panther Peak. The terrain is open desert and the walking is quite easy here, even when you're off-trail. Continue working your way toward the saddle. When you get close to the saddle the brush can get a bit thicker. Stay away from the teddy bear chollas and you should be fine.

You should reach the low saddle in roughly 0.9 miles total. If you are not interested in doing any steep climbing, you could skip the climb to Pink Panther Peak and jump to the last paragraph which describes a nice alternate way to get back down from here.

If you choose to climb, be sure you are comfortable with climbing. There are steep grades here, even some cliffs, and the potential for injury or death if you don't know what you're doing. The climb up got progressively steeper and steeper until I appeared to be within 30-50 feet from the very top. There was a very steep rock section which I was able to climb because of irregularities in the rock. This climb put my limits to the test and luckily I had a good headlamp. While climbing up, I thought I wouldn't want to go down this way, especially at night. I made it to the top and by this time it was already dark.

On the way down I chose a better route, and you may be better off going up this way if you're not comfortable climbing the steep rocky section that I climbed. From the peak, heading down, I ended up scrambling about 100 feet to the East down a rocky chute and then scrambled another 200 feet north down another rocky chute. As I got closer to the saddle, the trail leveled out more and the hiking got much easier. Watch out for the teddy bear chollas near the saddle.

From the saddle, hike west and north down the hill and eventually you'll run into an old road. This road/trail leads west toward Panther Wash, crosses it after about 0.3 miles, and then eventually joins another trail that runs north/south. Take that trail south about 0.3 more miles to get back to the main trailhead.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2022-10-28 Mike_W
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To hike
Take Ina road west to Wade Road and continue south. The road turns into Picture Rocks Road. Continue west for about 4.5 miles and turn right on Van Ark Road going north. Continue on Van Ark Road going North for 0.9 miles. Turn right on West Ina Road which is dirt in this location but a dirt road which is fine for any passenger car. Continue for less than 0.5 miles and the trail entrance area will be on your left where West Ina turns to go south. It should be fine to park off the side of the dirt road somewhere.

Note: Another good starting point for a longer hike would be to park at the Cam-boh Trailhead and take the Road Runner Trail to the Panther Wash area and then northwest to get to the same set of trails.
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