Hike of the Week: Panther Peak Wash at Saguaro National Park

Mare CzinarMarch 10, 2023
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This easy loop hike in the northwest sector of Saguaro National Park unpacks a geologically diverse landscape rife with the eponymous giant cactus and a full menu of desert plants.

  • LENGTH: 4.5 mile loop
  • RATING: easy
  • ELEVATION: 2,278 – 2,530 feet
  • BEST SEASON: October – April
  • FACILITIES: restroom
  • FEE: There’s a $15 – $25 fee for a 7-day pass. Payable by mobile devise by scanning QR code at the trailhead. Interagency annual passes are also accepted.


  • From Interstate 10 in Tucson, take the Ina Road exit 248 and go 2.7 miles west to Wade Road.
  • Continue 0.6 mile on Wade Road, turn right onto Picture Rocks Road and go 3.5 miles to the Cam-Boh picnic area on the left.  There’s a restroom at the trailhead.