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Hunter Trail - Picacho Peak
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Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2001
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Who needs an indoor Stairmaster when Mother Nature has provided the perfect outdoor one, and with a much better view? Welcome to Picacho Peak! Conveniently situated between Phoenix and Tucson, right off I-10, you'll find no better hour-long workout around. The 1800' elevation change, combination of breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain make this a seasonal 'must-do' for the serious hiker. For those training for a Grand Canyon hike or those simply wanting to escape the busy valley trails for a few hours, this is the perfect choice.

A short hours drive down I-10 and you've arrived at the park encompassing Picacho Peak. Since it's a state owned park, plan on an entrance fee and find the Hunter Trail to the summit. This trail is not all up, as you'll soon discover. The back side of the mountain is a steep downhill for about 1/4 mile or so! Bring your best hiking shoes, a pair of gloves and your field glasses to really enjoy the views. Don't forget your camera since you'll want to prove to all your friends that you really made it to the top! Be prepared for a 30' section that's about a 60-degree incline. Fortunately, the park service installed cables to aid you in your quest for the top.

Those in good hiking shape should plan on about an hour each way. I say this because the trip back down really isn't all that much faster and should be hiked with the same care that got you to the summit. The rewards are well worth the effort as anyone who's done it will tell you.

Let the shutters fly and ENJOY!!!
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