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Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho Peak - 36 members in 186 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 10 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.70 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
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It always feels great to hike Picacho Peak. The weather has finally turned and surprisingly I only saw one other party out hiking.
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May 25 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.79 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Given the long weekend and the cooler weather I thought it would’ve been busy at the park today. To my surprise the overall traffic was very light and I never once had to wait for anybody.
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May 11 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.77 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Got here about 1030. Not many people on the trail even though the weather was still great.
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Mar 30 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.70 mph
1,838 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was the busiest I’ve ever seen Picacho by far. The cars were lined all around the park. My 13 minutes of break was involuntary as I had a wait for 38 people to come down the cables before I could go up. All the puppies are gone. Weather was perfect with a light breeze. I just love this hike!
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Feb 24 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   1.76 mph
1,838 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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The entire range is as green as I have ever seen it. Lupine and Gold Poppies are in abundance especially on the I-10 side of the mountain. Isabella and I spent the night at the Santa Rita Lodge and I though this one would be fun to catch on the way home. It was only her second hike so I made sure we took it slow and that she didn't get overwhelmed to quickly. The good news is that even though she didn't think she could do it she never gave up. Kudos to her for that and afterwards it was straight to Dairy Queen for some Cherry Dipped cones. :y:
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Jan 31 2019
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
 Routes 359
 Photos 2,325
 Triplogs 948

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.92 Miles 1,815 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   2.00 mph
1,815 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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danielac
Surprisingly, Daniela had never been to Picacho before, so we made that happen today. Got started just after 8:30, finished just before noon. Saw a handful of people, including some who thought they'd be able to get their large dog to the top. I let them go on their merry way. Cool & breezy to start, but warm by the time we finished. Daniela really liked this one, and I find it enjoyable enough to do once a year or so.
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Jan 20 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.81 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did this one on the way down to get my haircut in Mexico. Ran into the turtle and Ray. The mountain is fairly green at the moment but no flowers to speak of yet. Just a good hike all together
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Jan 20 2019
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,156
 Triplogs 403

61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Picacho Peak Loop, AZ 
Picacho Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
rayhuston
Hiking7.01 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   1.91 mph
2,040 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
1st trip
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Tortoise_Hiker
Denny and I wanted to get out and have a hike together. I mentioned that I had never hiked any of the trails down here and suggested that as a possibility. That was good enough for him. Denny suggested options and we agreed to hike up Hunter, down Sunset Vista and walk the road back to the car for a loop. That was perfect. We hiked the Nature Trail afterwards so Denny could wrap up the remaining trail on his to do list.

On the way down, we ran into JJ. He was on his way south for a haircut and stopped along the way for some exercise. We didn't see anyone on the way up. We saw four in the upper sections on the way down, then JJ, then a couple dozen when we reached the lower desert section.

We thought for sure JJ would catch us on the way down but we had almost made it back to the parking lot when he drove past on his way out.

Great day. Thanks for joining me on this one, Denny. I had a great time, as always!
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The poppies are starting early.
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Jan 20 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
 Triplogs 2,560

57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Picacho Peak Loop, AZ 
Picacho Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking7.01 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   1.91 mph
2,040 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
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rayhuston
Ray had not done Picacho before so it was time 😁. He was nice enough to drive and leave early . Thanks. Early is the key to avoid traffic jams at the cables. We hit the trail about 7am and didn’t see anyone until on our way down. We decided to go up Hunter and down Sunset Vista to give Ray a good feel of the Park. We saw JJ on our way down. He was doing a quick hike befor running to Mexico. There were a few Poppies out today and the weather was great! Good times! Thanks Ray. Like Haz , you rock!
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Dec 02 2018
extremehikerba
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 Photos 104
 Triplogs 47

26 female
 Joined Oct 17 2016
 Phoenix
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2018
extremehikerbabe
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles
1,880 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
After passing it by a few times heading south to go caving, I finally got to check out this iconic hike. Had no idea what to expect and was imagining a Picketpost feel but it turns out that this was nothing like that. I loved the climbing to the top and the exposure. Was a bit chilly and lots of hot and cold on this hike based on how the wind was blowing through the rocks- one minute I was feeling toasty then the next the wind was whipping through and freezing.

Turned this into a loop with a car at each parking lot and headed up the Hunter trail and then down through the Sunset Vista trail. Loved seeing the colors from the top- yellows and pinks and greens and blues. Definitely a fun hike and of course checked out the gift shop on the way down. It's my goal to collect a magnet from every place I visit that sells them!!

Need trail info? PM me.
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Nov 10 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.70 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 10 2018
capcyclone
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 Guides 1
 Routes 3
 Photos 54
 Triplogs 75

47 male
 Joined Jan 26 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
capcyclone
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
1,838 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Didn’t have time to get to the peak today, but still enjoyed the great weather for about a halfway and back hike.
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Oct 28 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.60 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Sometimes one hike just isn’t enough. Especially when the weathers as nice as it was today. After dropping off John this morning I headed south to do Picacho Peak.
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Oct 07 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.54 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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johnlp
Weather was perfect until we got hit with a short stint of rain. We had concerns but about 10 minutes later it was back to perfect. Thanks for joining me to day Mr. LP. Had a blast!
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Oct 07 2018
johnlp
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 Guides 1
 Routes 9
 Photos 4,157
 Triplogs 3,230

62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2018
johnlp
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.54 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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JuanJaimeiii
Picacho is always a worthy destination. Weather made this one very interesting. We were fortunate to get down below the cables before the sky opened up. Luckily the heavy rain only lasted a few minutes. Great hike. Thanks Mr Jaime! :)
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“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S Thompson
Sep 04 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.66 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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A break in temperature and a house full of tile guys had me heading down to Picacho Peak again. Little muggy on the way up but overall quite pleasant. The summit was full of gnats so I didn't stay long. Cherry Dipped Cone afterwards! :y:
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Aug 14 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.81 mph
1,838 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Had to get out of Dodge for a bit to clear my head while they leveled the floor at my house. The Trail was in better than expected condition after all the recent rains. A little bit of wash out here and there but overall in great shape. The Ocotillo’s were very green and some purple flowers were spotted at the base of the first cable climb.
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Jul 15 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.74 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
It was only 79 degrees when I started hiking this today around 10:00am. A rare treat for mid-July. Only downside is that it was super humid. Started raining lightly as I was hiking out.
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Jul 04 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.77 mph
1,838 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Only saw two other people out on the trail today. I started a little after 9:20am and pretty much had the place to myself. It was hot but bearable.
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Jun 22 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,617
 Triplogs 1,598

52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sunset Vista Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.72 mph
1,838 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Started a little after 10:00am. Had the park to myself. :D
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average hiking speed 2.52 mph
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