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.

Pay attention to the trails. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where it’s leading you. Bring lots of water and sunscreen as there is not any shade. Water spicket at the bottom if you get desperate.

Challenging and beautiful!!

I took this hike/climb today. That’s something I I’ve been saying I would do since we moved to Arizona almost five years ago. I am certainly glad I had gloves to grip the cables. It is challenging but well worth it to be able to say you’ve done it and for the fantastic views. I started at 5:45 a.m. Later starts will encounter some serious heat. Although the hike is short plan on three or four hours because of the climbing it’s no sprint, at least not for this 74 year old!

Decided to hike this on a weekend trip to AZ visiting family. I was unprepared and didn't bring gloves so I turned around at the base of the cables. But plan to buy gloves and go back tomorrow!

I was the only person out there for most of the morning but it is a holiday weekend and I started at 5:30 am.

The switch back gets you in a few places, but overall I really enjoyed the hike. I am a newbie to hiking and this has me feeling i found a new hobby/passion.

Pace yourself, take plenty of water and wear good shoes. I had running shoes only and my toes are a little banged up. Might pick up hiking shoes too before tomorrow morning.

Pretty cool hike. Some steep areas. Took about 2hrs. 50min. to complete going up and back. Make sure u have good shoes and some light weight gloves for those with easy to bruise or cut hands because of lifting and pulling on cables.

As advertised, solid workout, especially with current temps. Hustled to keep it under 2 1/2 hrs, with a steady pace. Surprised a large bird of prey on the trail, 1/2 way up the backside ascent... redtail hawk? Definitely bring gloves or you'll wish you had. Must be off the trail by 7pm (misdemeanor violation), so evening hike isn't allowed. No place to take your pet...last time I checked, they can't navigate a cable system...

Month ago was great. Makes angles landing look like a joke.

This trail is so much fun! Dog and family friendly but only to the saddle, after that it gets too difficult in my opinion. The last section of the hike your are reliant on cables. Amazing 360 views from the top and really the entire hike. Enjoy!

Love Picacho! It’s close by and a great challenge! The views are spectacular and a must hike!

Be sure to take gloves for the top

It was a fun hike. We did Picacho Peak first then headed to Romero Pools. It was amazing. Picacho Peak would be best done during the week, weekends are too busy.

This is an exciting hike. If you are a good hiker and you would like a challenge - hit the Hunter trail and summit Picacho Peak. The trail to the summit is well marked and maintained (Good job Park rangers!). The trail is challenging and require strong arms to grip the cables on ascent and descent :-) as others already mentioned gloves are highly recommended. Views from the trail and the summit are great! The nature is amazing - you have a great chance to spot the bald headed eagle. Blooming ocotillos - wow! Don't hesitate, put this hike on your bucket list!

It's a short but challenging hike. Definitely bring gloves if you plan to make it to the peak. Thankfully the cables weren't too hot last week so we managed okay, but I can't imagine how hot those can get in the summertime.
It took us about 4 hours round trip.

Nice trail. Well maintained. Please stop throwing orange peels and pistachios and sunflower seeds on the trail they last forever in the desert.....besides your mother raised you better!

Amazing view from the top! Definitely take at least 3l of water, work gloves to hold on to cables and start early! Great accomplishment for me I'm so glad I did it. We we got refreshed at DQ right after.

Picacho peak is a nice 2 hourish hike with a few spots that are vertically challenging. Cables are set up in several areas to assist as you traverse the trail. The Dairy Queen across the street is a well deserved treat afterwards

Extremely hard! Dogs cannot make it up this trail. There are vertical areas where you are basically rock climbing with wires along the rock- gloves are highly recommended. If you have any fear of heights, don’t do this trail.
HOWEVER the peak is amazing once you get there , absolutely beautiful views everywhere. Just know that this is for experienced hikers only.

Amazing. Comparable in difficulty to Flatiron, but shorter. A very proud day for me.

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Definitely a challenge albeit it doesn't seem like it when you first start out. The beginning is beautiful with a great walk through flat desert but then, as another reviewer pointed out, the switchbacks start! After the switch backs, you get hit with cables and some moderate rock climbing. It's a lot of fun, in my opinion, but you just gotta be prepared. Bring enough water as I almost ran out on my way back!

Just remember...you go up, you must come down! Not your ordinary trail! Pictures do not do the Peak Justice! You have to do it and see it to feel the beauty of it at the top! This is as close to heaven that I have been!

Not for the first time hiker, young children, or if you are not in good health or fitness. Requires upper body strength to ascend the cables. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear(hiking shoes) and have gloves for the cables and steeper climbs. Was worth the trip up!

The park, facilities and trail are really well maintained. I was impressed with the condition of our route. the cables were secure and even though I was nervous at the technical footing required, I didn't feel like I was putting myself at risk. I'm so glad we hiked in spring. The green desert was overwhelming and flowers were popping up everywhere.
I am in decent physical shape and exercise regularly. I would not recommend this trail for someone who is not active. It's an amazing climb, but tough. I used my upper body more than I expected to. Also, wear good shoes, bring lots of water and snacks, and wear gloves! The cables and gripping rocks are no joke.

Great hike, a bit hard at times but manageable. Once at the top it is amazing, I would do this one again. I would definitely recommend to bring gloves and the right kind of shoes for hiking. I seen lots of people who were not prepared.

i Really like . this hike

Tough hike. Beautiful. 1500 ft elevation gain, may not seems like much but the way in which you climb up, then down, then back up will get cha

This is our second time up Hunter. We loved it so much last time, we came back to see if it was as good as we remembered - it was. :) The first time around, we took it nice and slow... 2.5 hours up, 1 hour down. This time, we wanted to see what we were capable of... we made the top in 1 hour and 4 minutes and down in 53 minutes. Needless to say we're not going to the gym today. :)

Seriously though, super fun hike.

Give it a shot!

:)

Nice trail that won’t tax you too much. Would like to come back when the wildflowers are in bloom.

starts out with a pretty easy desert stroll and then after 1.5ish miles switchbacks hitcha. it's a full body work out with the arm strength required for the cables. completely worth it!

Was a great hike, perfect weather!

Really fun hike. I’m an advanced hiker and if would’ve been a helpful comment to have before I went into this hike thinking I was going to die.
The incline wasn’t too intense it’s tolerable difficult but tolerable.
Going up the cables isn’t bad there’s places where you can put your feet just bring gloves and good shoes. Going down the steep part of the cables I recommend going down backwards. And obviously bring water

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