Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona cant miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area. The park facilities include a visitor center with exhibits and a gift store, hiking trails, playground, historical markers, campground (with or without electric), picnic areas, ramadas, grills, dump station, restrooms, and showers. The group use areas, for day & overnight use, are available by reservation. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.

This was an awesome hike! Loved the technical aspect of the climb up. The cables and scrambling were my favorite parts of this hike.

Great hike even in the fog! You definitely need gloves for the cables. It took us less than 3 hours up and down with some views but with the weather not 360' view. I've been on better days and you get a clear view.

this trail is very much a love,hate,love then hate love again. I would call it a moderate to difficult. totally worth it.

In my opinion, this was a difficult trail. I have no idea why it is rated moderate. It's a combination of scrambling, rock climbing (free form and cable-assisted) and hiking. It's a really fun, involved hike, but not for the faint of heart. You do hike along a cliff edge for awhile. There is a 1400' vertical gain in two miles. I really loved this trail - so fun, but definitely not "moderate". I guess it's all relative. DO bring leather palmed gloves. DO bring plenty of water.

Went today--There is a locked gate. No Trespassing

Beginners heed the caution! This isn't a pure hike. It's a hike/climb. Also watch out for the heat. The trail goes up, DOWN then up to the peak. The down part is steep over rocks and there is a cable by the side of the trail. So when you come back, you'll go down, UP, then down. UP=steep up when you're already gassed.

Great hike and very challenging. I'll echo what many have said about wearing gloves and shoes with good grip. I'm a bit of a novice but I'd call this difficult as compared to other moderate trails I've done. The high was 55 today and I still worked up a good sweat. I'd hesitate a tad to hike this again in Warmer weathers.

Amazing hike! Mid December weather was perfect.
This was my first time on this trail, so didn't quite know what to expect. I was a bit surprised by the rock climbing, but the cables were helpful. Overall I didn't find it strenuous, and the view at the top is breathtaking. I do recommend gloves.