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Calloway Trail - Picacho State Park - 5 members in 12 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 11 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Calloway Trail - Picacho State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
400 ft AEG
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The Grandkids and I wandered around the State Park doing the little trails and taking pics before heading over to the Ostrich Ranch for some more fun. Hit Frankies in Tucson for cheese steak sandwiches before racing the rain back to the valley! Good times!
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Mar 08 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,383 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.05 mph
2,383 ft AEG
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Randy reminded me to get my pass again. With work and stuff I didn't get there until about 1pm. Parked at the visitor center to get Pass and just left the car there while I hiked. There was a no parking note on my windshield when I got back. Luckily it was just from another Hazer :o :lol: . I hiked from the visitor center up to Hunter trail and did that first. Then I did the cave trail, Calloway, and Nature. Nice variety of flowers and tempos are great. Not crowded at all today. I did see a seasoned hiker take a tumble. The guy in front of me helped him up and he seemed ok. Once I thought he was good I told him that was the best tuck and roll I've ever seen and gave him a pat on the back. Didn't even see a scratch! East and south of the park there is a good swath of something orange. Thought it was poppies but now I think it might be a Globe Mallow or something! Great weather and hike!!
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Apr 26 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2018
chumley
Hiking8.28 Miles 3,091 AEG
Hiking8.28 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.57 mph
3,091 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I got an early start before sunrise to beat the heat and only saw one other person all day, a 20 year old from Tucson who had never been up Picacho before and told me he wanted to hike the PCT. I encouraged him to try some AZT segments first to get a feel for through hiking.

Opted for the return on Sunset though I hate that stretch along the road to get back. Tagged on a trip to the Calloway overlook where the gnats were viciously annoying.

Considered a cherry dipp’d and a turd but decided against both and headed instead for the big CG.
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Jul 22 2017
jacobemerick
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34 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Picacho Loop, AZ 
Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
jacobemerick
Hiking7.96 Miles 2,488 AEG
Hiking7.96 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.02 mph
2,488 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Quick afternoon jaunt. Due to parental constraints I didn't get to the park until 2:30 (pm) and a somewhat humid 105. Only one other vehicle along Barrett Loop. Did Calloway first, then backtracked and headed up Hunter. Man, this is a fun one. Legs were crying when I saw that drop on the other side of the ridge, and some of the cable sections are legit. Wish I lived closer than an hour away, could see this being a great after-work ritual. Caught up with the other hiker just below the peak, who ended up being a very talkative climber, which slowed my pace a bit (not that I was complaining).

Trotted back down to Sunset Vista and committed to the full loop. This trail had a few badly washed out sections that gave me pause. Once things leveled off it was a simple, if boring, haul around the western remnants. Dark clouds and dust gave me plenty to look at as I followed the unnamed roadside path back to Barrett Loop. Decided to do Children's Cave, since it was right there, and then Nature Loop, figuring I'd get all five of the named trails completed. Think I messed up on Nature Loop, will have to come back w/ my boys to check (and maybe to test the playground equipment out). Thanks to the storm on the east side of 10 it was a mild 90 when I finished up.

Drank 3.5 L water + 2 Gatorades, still had some cramps for the last mile. Should have mixed some electrolytes w/ the water, thought the Gs would be enough. And of course, enjoyed the Picacho classic on the way out.
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Jan 24 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Calloway Trail / Children's Cave / Plaground, AZ 
Calloway Trail / Children's Cave / Plaground, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
I swear I wish it was me that got hurt over Isaac. I'd take a bullet for my Grandkids.
It's Grandpa Tuesday with Lily and Isaac. We headed down to Picacho Peak State Park and hiked Calloway Trail. Lily doesn't usually lead but did the whole hike. After that the kids filled out their worksheets and we headed back to the Ranger station to get sworn in as Junior Rangers before it closed . All WAS WELL! We circled around to do the Children's Cave Trail and then the playground. It started to sprinkle but the Cave Trail is only .2 each way. Some how poor Isaac fell on a rock, hit his gut, and his head went over and head butted a smaller rock. Uggggg :scared: I'm checking his gut when Lily points out the golf ball on his forehead! OMG I feel sooooooooo bad!! Of course he is a bigger man then me. He did the little cave trail, the playground, and Mcds + playground on the way home. Mom says he is doing good :pray: :app: . Hopefully not the last Grandpa Tuesday... :cry: :pray:
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Mar 31 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Calloway Trail - Picacho State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking0.78 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking0.78 Miles      17 Mns   2.75 mph
282 ft AEG
 
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Leg two of the Picacho Peak Trifecta. It's been awhile since I did the little Calloway trail. Short and sweet.
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Nov 28 2015
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Calloway Trail - Picacho State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking1.40 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles      20 Mns   4.20 mph
200 ft AEG
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I hit this trail on the way home. I needed this one to mark off my Picacho Peak hikes list. I also felt like if I hiked it I could go to JJ's DQ for an Ice Cream :D .
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Mar 20 2015
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Calloway Trail - Picacho State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2015
SkyIslander18
Hiking2.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Pulled into the park with just enough light left to check in and complete the Calloway Trail with a little extra around the area. Nice little trail, sat for a bit on the way down for a good sunset!
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Very few poppies left on the Northeastern side of the park.
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Mar 15 2015
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Calloway and Nature Trails - Picacho Peak, AZ 
Calloway and Nature Trails - Picacho Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2015
tibber
Hiking1.58 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking1.58 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   1.48 mph
400 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Before heading home I wanted to try the other two trails near Hunter Trail. After a light breakfast at camp, I packed my stuff and headed on over to Barrett Loop to park the car. There were already quite a few vehicles parked on the right side of this one way loop. I circled twice like a dummy thinking I could find a better spot to park ](*,) which was really stupid since I was there to HIKE. Anyway, I geared up and headed over to the multi-TH and headed down and then up a drainage on the Calloway Trail. It was a bit warm out already but there were still some shady spots.

It's a pretty little hike that heads gradually up a hillside below the little mountain on your left. There were wildflowers scattered about as you slowly gain elevation and arrive at the saddle. I was hoping it was a loop but it's not. The views to the east were a bit hazy but thru the slight morning haze you still get a nice layering effect. I saw the Rincons and Catalinas but not sure of the mountains to their NW. I took a few pics including some panos and movies of course.

On the way down you get a nice view of Newman Peaks on your right and Picacho on your left. I saw some different flora this time as the light had changed enough for me to notice them this time. I got to the intersection with the Nature Trail and took it until it more or less ends and then retraced my steps. There are some interpretive signs along the way. Over to the right or east were some rock formations that had beautifully blooming brittlebush that shined brilliant :D above the reddish rock. However, the sun's shine made it a little difficult to shoot this scene. On the way back you have a choice to go straight or go to the right. I kept going thinking this was a loop of some sort. It kind of is and kind of isn't.

As I got toward the VC I saw a trail going to the left (amphitheatre) and decided to take that hoping it would get me to the upper part of the Barrett Loop so I wouldn't have to road walk. The amphitheatre is actually pretty nice and they must do something at nite as there was a street lamp. It looked like the trail might end as I continued south but it doesn't. So I could stay on the trail all the way to the main parking area. As I was going up this one section there were two elderly gentleman with one more agile fellow ahead. I ended up behind the less agile one as he struggled to raise his foot to get up the steps. I didn't mind waiting; afterall, this trail is really for them. I was glad he was giving it a go :) so didn't say or do anything until he finished the task of getting up those few steps.

I headed back to Tonto Jr as the loop parking area continued to fill and you could see many a hiker heading up the Hunter Trail on what I thot was a rather warm morning. My next task was to figure out how to get to that back road to Florence. I had copy/pasted the directions into my gmail but the pictures seemed to have disappeared. So I would wing it, kind of.

Here is the videos:
Calloway Trail - https://youtu.be/yWWyP...
Nature Trail - https://youtu.be/93hMV...
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Mar 14 2015
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Picacho Peak Road from Hunter TH, AZ 
Picacho Peak Road from Hunter TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
tibber
Hiking1.76 Miles 76 AEG
Hiking1.76 Miles   1 Hour      2.35 mph
76 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
After finishing off the Sunset Vista and Hunter Trails, there was only one way back to the campground and that was to hike. But that was okay with me as I had seen some lovely flower displays alongside the road coming in. So I headed on down the Barrett Loop taking pictures and movies. As I got around toward the bottom of the loop I ran into the 3 folks (fellow HAZers) I had met up at the saddle. We talked for a bit but then I heard a beer calling my name ;) and politely excused myself plus it was a little warm by this time.

After a bathroom break I continued my hike to Picacho Peak Road thinking I would have to hike on the road but to my delight, there is a trail :D . So I headed west and continued admiring the scenery including the flowers and the mountains on both sides of me... well Newman Peak is across the way. And occasionally I would hear the trains and try to zero in on them. Various cars would stop on the road and someone would jump out and go over to get a picture. Normally that would be me but today I was hiking toward the campground. I had no idea how far it was though Trish thot about a mile. It didn't matter, I was enjoying the scenery anyway.

The sun would tuck behind some clouds now and again so I enjoyed that time the most. It was breezy today which is great for hiking but not so much for taking movies. An hour later I was entering the main campground looking forward to getting that beer and a snack. I didn't want to spoil my dinner so I really didn't have a lunch.

Everyone was at the campground now, the others had returned via the Vista Trail. After some conversation and snacks, it was time to finally start dinner. Trish had some freshly made up Brats and everyone else had brot sides. Once that and the beer were safely in my belly :) , the sun started to set so I went and got some more pictures and movies. It was a lovely evening once that sun started going down and into the evening.

The video: https://youtu.be/5SuEW...
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Feb 26 2015
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Picacho, AZ 
Picacho, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2015
fricknaley
Hiking2.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
400 ft AEG
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took sierra to see the flowers before working all night. beautiful day at the park and the flowers are starting to really rocl. hiked the calloway trail and some little trails checking things out.

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Feb 20 2015
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Calloway Trail - Picacho State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2015
mt98dew
Hiking1.86 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.86 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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BLAST FROM THE PAST. Hiked this trail (along with the nature trail which branches off from this trail) after doing Hunter trail. Trail takes you to an overlook that looks down toward the freeway. Rather anticlimactic after being on top of Picacho, but you get a nice perspective of Picacho. Nature trail was nice, but short. Annoying in that it "seemed" to end at a road and caused me to back track. However if I had known where the trails intersected with the road I could have walked about 100 yards and picked up the trail again.
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