Panorama Trail is part of the Woolhouse Wildlife Habitat Area, and is closed to motorized vehicles in an effort to improve wildlife habitat and protect soil, vegetation and water. I have spotted large herds of elk grazing along the northern portion of the trail. In fact, I was within about 10 yards from them before they knew I was there. In the fall, this is a great place to hear them bugle.
The views along this trail speak its name. Panoramic scenery awaits any adventurous soul willing to climb to the top of the Twin Knolls. Even the San Francisco Peaks, tiny specs on the western horizon (north of Flagstaff), can be seen... on a clear day.
A variety of wildflowers, juniper and Ponderosa pine line this eight-mile trail that loops past Porter Tank with views of Porter Mountain and beautiful mountain meadows. The trail heads east toward South Tank (a great water source for wildlife) and then turns south toward the Twin Knolls.
The Twin Knolls reach elevations over 7,100 feet, and the climb is definitely uphill but its gradual and the view is worth the effort.
During the monsoon season the trail stays pretty muddy. The best time to hike this trail is in the fall, spring and early summer. It is a great trail for mountain biking.