Summary: You will enjoy a short strenuous hike to the summit of this isolated desert peak. From the start the trail gradually gains elevation until you reach the main saddle just below the summit buttress; once at the saddle, the fun begins. Expect short steep sections requiring hand-over-hand climbing aided by steal cables and handrails. When you arrive at the summit you will be rewarded with 360 degrees of breathtaking views of the surrounding Sonoran desert.
Picacho Peak has been use as a navigational landmark for hundreds of years, was the site of Arizona's only Civil War battle, is a geographic spectacle, and it abounds with petroglyph from prehistoric Hohokams.
Trailhead: From Tucson, follow I-10 north for about 50 miles to the Picacho Peak State Park exit. The trailhead is located at on southwest end of Barret Loop. (Lat:32.64258 Lon:-111.40297)
Trail Guides for Picacho Peak: Hunter Trail:
by Bruce Grubbs and Stewart Aitchision (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Picacho Peak State Park
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Stryder on 7/26/2016
Awesome hike and view. If I wasn't a rock climber the cables would have been annoying without gloves, but my hands are tough. Total 2 hours 20 minutes, but I had lunch on the summit and hiked to the far end of the saddle. I could have made much better time. I packed lunch, a headlamp and 3 liters of water. I used all 3 liters, but it's summer time and I was in the sun during half the hike. There was quite a bit of shade tho and plenty of breezy places to stop and chill. For being a Monday at 6 pm in the summer there was two other couples up there, so I'd imagine it's a crowded trail in the prime months and days. I recommend lots of water, good shoes, gloves, sunscreen, a sun hat and a headlamp if there is any chance of it getting dar
Reviewed by Ted on 5/4/2016
To celebrate my 80th birthday my family hiked the Peak this past Saturday, like we did for my 70th birthday. The family consisted of 12 hikers including a 2 1/2 and 5 year old, both making it to the top. Of course they were assisted along the way. I forgot my gloves, which would have helped but not a necessity. I had no problem making it to the top and I was not sore afterwards. It's a great hike with a great view from the top. Give it a try.
Reviewed by LAV on 4/18/2016
I am 51 yrs old, I have driven by Picacho Peak 100's of times and finally got to hike the mountain. The photos of the cables make it very intimidating, but on the way down or out, the cables became a blessing and I was happy they were there. I am sore today (hiked on Saturday), my quads are on fire, but would have been even more so if not for the cables. I would recommend this hike, but you do need to be in somewhat good shape. Definitely capable of doing lots of steps/stairs.
Reviewed by sbd on 3/28/2016
Wow! What a trip! Crazy views, Not for the faint of heart. One less bucket list.
Reviewed by Mylah on 2/26/2016
This is a short, but challenging hike due to steep climbs but it was rewarding to finish. It was a full body workout. I would recommend wearing gloves for the cables & bring at least 2 litters of water. It definitely gets busy on the weekends, so prepare to wait to go on the cables.
Reviewed by Fs on 12/29/2015
Had a fantastic lunch with the wife and friend at the summit of picacho peak! A special thanks to Tom for being an excellent sumaritan!
Reviewed by Viewer on 8/22/2015
Hiked the trail 2015.08.20. Hiker beware! Came across a small pack of wild, Feral pigs around 7:00 pm along along the main road near the north tip coming off the Sunset Vista Trail. Scared the daylight out of me. No pun intended.
Reviewed by E on 6/1/2015
First time there had a wonderful time ranger very nice and informative. There is a charge to enter if you go early in morning have $7 for entering that was for 2 people. Due to self regestering. Always take plenty of water. Hydrate before during and after. Happy hiking all
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