No motorized vehicles
This is one of the great trails of intermediate difficulty that is part of the White Mountains Trail System in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests of NE AZ. Major trails are loops, with connector trails. The Panorama is challenging, with good flow, great vistas and sweet singletrack in tall Ponderosa pines. On a really clear day, the San Francisco peaks are visable over 100 miles away. All trail maps are free on tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org
From the trailhead off Porter Mountain Road head NE out of the parking lot. Riding clockwise, the trail begins with twists and turns through Ponderosa pines, a few short ups and downs with some rocks. You'll pass by a few great vistas before making a fun rocky descent making a right at the bottom at Porter tank.
Halfway down the descent you'll see the Sawmill connector trail, which connects you to Timber Mesa
Now starts a steady climb through more twisty Ponderosa singletrack. Popping out to a jeep trail for just a short bit you hang a right and head up Twin Knolls with another great vista from which the San Fransisco Peaks in Flagstaff can be seen on a clear day.
It is a fast descent down the back side of the knoll, with a few twisty singletrack turns back to the trailhead.
About 1/2 mile from the trailhead, there is a mellow shortcut for those who prefer to avoid the climb up Twin Knolls.
This trail is open to ride in both directions. For a rocky descent followed by a long steady climb and great views ride clockwise. For a short steep climb, long smooth descent, and technical rocky climb ride counter clockwise.
History & Background
TRACKS, a group of volunteers, was formed in the late 80's to build and maintain the White Mountains Trail System. Major trails include: Panorama, Los Burros
, Land of Pioneers, Country Club, Blue Ridge, Springs, Timber Mesa
, Buena Vista, Los Caballos, and Ghost of the Coyote. Views of many wildlife, including elk,deer, antelope, turkey, etc. Some trails are close to Native American petroglyphs.
Shared By: Nick Lund