Panther peak is a small summit along the ridge connecting Moro Rock to Alta Peak. Climbers have undoubtedly explored the cliff on its south face over the years but there are only two reported routes. Although it has a decent approach and only two routes I am adding it because the quality of climbing and views are outstanding and very worthy of a day trip for anyone in the area. Krymptonite is clean, classic and relatively safe while Rack ‘em Up, Reid is somewhat more “adventurous” with great, and less great sections.
Take the road towards the Wolverton snow play area/trailheads near General Sherman in the Giant Forest. About ¼ mile before the big parking area at the end of the road there is a very short dirt road that goes right. Park on this dirt road to save a bit of time.
Follow the faint trail along the west side of Long Meadow. It becomes more distinct as you go. Continue up towards the Alta Peak trail instead of following the loop back around to Wolverton. Hang a left on the ridge towards Panther Gap/Alta Peak. Follow this trail for a mile or two, crest the ridge and continue towards Panther Meadow. Before Panther Meadow, leave the trail and go south up the hill to the ridge just west of the peak. Approach the climbs by descending roughly down along the base. Approach time is about 3.5 miles and 1.5-2.5 hours. Descend back down the ridge from the summit to your stuff. Or just look at a map and figure it out for yourself!