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Comanche Lookout Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This hike travels up and around a historic hill in northeast San Antonio. A paved trail ascends to a medieval-looking tower and an overlook with stupendous views of the city."
--Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press).
My husband and I hike this trail various times a year since it is in walking distance of our house. After the last flood last year, in which flood water gushed down the canyon and into Landa Park, destroying much of the park, a lot of debris was left on the trail. Some has been cleared, but volunteers have been there in the last year, clearing out materials that could make a fire worse. So, between the flood, and the drought, Panther Canyon is having a rough time. It is still a pleasure to hike, though. Very rocky, a hiking stick helps. I would have to say that there is a reasonable incline, which some walkers might want to be aware of before heading out. You can go out at one end of the other and walk streets to get back if you know the neighborhood.
Panther Canyon is accessible a block from my house (if I feel up to climbing down a rock cliff and wading through lots of Cacti, otherwise I go down to Landa Park and use the marked entrance) and I've recently started hiking it regularly. It's a wonderful, quick escape for me as well as a nice bit of exercise and I frequently spend an hour or so on this trail. You can walk the actual trail or find the numerous deer trails and explore those. Security cameras were added recently which seems to have stopped the vandalism. The canyon is mostly clean and just well-traveled enough that if you need help you could get some but not too crowded.
You can almost always spot a few deer, the odd squirrel,and this morning I spotted a hawk flying across the canyon from my favorite scenic overlook.
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