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 is an awesome hike. Starts off slow then up switch backs up. You get to the saddle just to go down.. then just to go up. Wear gloves! Cables and ladders to get to the top can be a challenge for novice climbers, not dangerous but novice climbers may be intimidated. No water source so go early in the day and pack lots of water!

Fun hike... and different. I would give it 5 stars, but the view from the top is a bit mundane. I would strongly advise going when the high temp is below 80 degrees.

Did the Hunter Trail on Picacho for the 4th time today. A challenge as always. I'd stop short of saying it's dangerous. There are a few sheer drops, but you can easily steer clear of them. The cables on the via ferrata can get hot, but everything is hot. This is Arizona!

You only need gloves if you don't clamber around on rocks very often. That is to say, it's not a beginner trail. A good pair of boots and strong lungs will do you fine.

The views ARE kind of blah, as there is not much around except the Interstate, the rail line, and the local community and farms. On the other hand, some folks might find it interesting to see such things from that height. Bring binoculars for better views of the solar field and Kitt Peak Observatory, about 50 miles away.

Pack a lunch for a breezy al fresco experience on the peak while you psych your knees up for the bang bang bang of the almost all downhill return journey.

Oh, and dogs? You should only bring your dog if you hate your dog.

Love this trail in the spring, green and blossoming with flowers. Great with a dawn start before the cables get hot on the south side elevation!

This is definitely not for the faint of heart or anyone out of shape. This trail is very dangerous and gloves are mandatory. Take 4L of water, spf 70 and no skin showing. Hiking boots with good tread and enough daylight as it will take you over 3 hours to do this. I won't do this one again but it's done.

I'll say it again. This is dangerous. The cable parts of this trail are very hard and one slip can be fatal.

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2 months ago

The view from the top isn't super special unfortunately with I-10 in view but the climbing aspect of this trail definitely makes it fun and unique! This is my first "Hard" rating I've completed on here and as a 25 year old athlete...it lives up to the name. Not for the faint of heart!

on Sunset Vista Trail

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2 months ago