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.