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Hunter Trail - Picacho Peak, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Tucson W
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,784 feet
Elevation Gain 1,401 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,880 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 - 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.3
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43  2017-12-30 Nightstalker
13  2017-12-28 caragruey
18  2017-07-22
Picacho Loop
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7  2017-03-03 Tortoise_Hiker
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov → 10 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:55am - 5:25pm
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Calloway Trail - Picacho State Park
Calloway Trail - Picacho State Park
0.0 mi away
0.4 mi
277 ft
Nature Trail - Picacho Peak State Park
Nature Trail - Picacho Peak State Park
0.2 mi away
0.3 mi
43 ft
Children
Children's Cave Trail - Picacho State Park
0.2 mi away
0.2 mi
83 ft
Picacho Peak State Park Campground
0.2 mi away
Turd Hill
Turd Hill
0.7 mi away
2.5 mi
233 ft
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho Peak
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho Peak
1.6 mi away
5.7 mi
1,838 ft
South Newman 4209
South Newman 4209
4.4 mi away
2.1 mi
2,362 ft
Newman Peak - Southeast Route
Newman Peak - Southeast Route
4.5 mi away
4.1 mi
2,230 ft
Newman Peak Trail
Newman Peak Trail
5.0 mi away
4.8 mi
2,680 ft
Sasco to Silverbell Ghost Towns
Sasco to Silverbell Ghost Towns
7.4 mi away
17.5 mi
672 ft
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by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
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Stats are to the peak, including Sunset Trail segment.

Overview
Between Phoenix and Tucson lies this mysterious peak jutting out of the desert. Picacho Peak is one of those mountains you just have to hike! This is a unique trail with cables and handrails placed by the Boy scouts long ago.


Hike
The first section takes you up steep switchbacks to the saddle. When in season a beautiful wildflower is witnessed at the beginning of the trail. February through early April offers the best rewards. Keep an eye on triplogs and photosets.

Okay from the saddle you have just gained 968 feet in altitude. Now you will begin to descend believe it or not. Yes, descend almost half of what you just gained! ( 225 feet ) This is the beginning of the fun. Cables assist you down the steep slick slope. Personally I would avoid this trail when it is wet! Some prefer gloves for the cables.

You merge onto the Sunset Trail. The trail goes back around the mountain and starts to ascend steeply near the end. Once again handrails, cables and even bridges! assist you along the way. This is boy scout dream land! On the peak enjoy the views. With a good knowledge of the surrounding area this is a prime viewing location.

1-2 quarts water is plenty for me moderate weather. Pack a lunch for the summit. When a scattered group of fifty is chowing down you feel like it's the thing to do. Speaking from one that frequents the Valley shrines Squaw and Camelback, this is similar terrain. It's just more intense with the cable grades. For the beginning hiker I can only imagine this is quite a push. Stay out of 8am-5pm heat when hiking this area in the summer. Enjoy!

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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2018 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30


Directions
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To hike
Between Phoenix and Tucson on Interstate 10 Exit 219. Follow the signs to Picacho State Park. Pay your dues and take a map.
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