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.

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

The trail is challenging but with great viewing rewards. The "canned" description with this ap says dogs may use trail. Dogs are not petmitted beyond the saddle area, which is apx. halfway to the final destination (peak).

It was definitely a booty kicker! And pushes your limits specially if you have a bit of fear of heights. Also it seemed longer than we prepared to do and more than 6 miles etc.. I recorded 8 miles at least round trip going to the peak summit and back. Also having a lot of water and gloves helped a lot! Definitely an experience and will be hurting for a couple days ha!

This was a great trail. If you want to make it longer, you can take the spur trail (moderate) that connects it to the Nature Trail (a loop). I am estimating that it added another half mile total to the overall distance.

I was not ready for this hike! The trail plays a mean trick on you: once you get to the saddle you have to go back down in elevation and come back up the other side. So in reality your total elevation gain is more than you might be mentally prepared for. Also, be prepared to use your upper body strength in order to climb up rocky passages. This is a difficult trail, but the views are worth the effort.

Great hike! Be prepared to do a little climbing!

The petroglyphs are in the parking area. We found one small petroglyph on the trail. The trail is actually a dirt road.


1 month ago

Awesome! Tough and dangerous, but beautiful.

1 month ago

This was a very fun hike because it was different from what I'm used to. The up-and-down and the need for cables to climb certain portions made it very enjoyable. The payoff at the summit wasn't anything to write home about compared to something like Flatiron, but the climb and descent were what made this hike cool. Those with fear of heights and no grip or upper body strength might have problems with this hike. But we saw all types of people make it. Where there's a will there's a way!

Very funny trail. Sometimes you need to climb the steep cliffs with the help of cables.

My wife and I just hiked/climbed Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak.The views are amazing, the rating of difficult is valid. There are some sections on the back side that are more rock climb than hike. Also, the trail does get uncomfortably close to the edge in a couple of spots. If you're in good shape, go enjoy, but wear some good hiking boots.

First time and certainly not the last

Good workout. All the cables make the hike different. Bring gloves. You need them. A lot of hikers on trail.

Very fun hike. Measured it with the GPS at 3.3ish miles roundtrip. Started on a regular Sunday morning at about 7AM, took 2 hr 30 min at a very casual pace with several photo taking stops. There was virtually no one else on the trail on the way up; we passed just a handful of sporadic groups on the way down. It was shaded for the majority of our hike in the morning, so keep that in mind if you go in the A.M; can get chilly in that shade!

2 months ago

I loved this hike. I hiked it the day after Christmas so it was not so hot. It is saying dogs can be on this trail but I do not see how unless you strap your dog to your back to climb the cables.

This is a very unique hike. You first hike up to the middle and then it takes you down to the back of the mountain and then you have to hike back up to the peak.

Be patient while coming down, I almost lost my way while hiking down and was at a dangerous point near to the high elevation edge, thanks to my gut instinct I sensed the trail can’t be this slippery and walked back.

Always identify the right trail first and then proceed. Do take your hand gloves you will need it at many places. This hike is for the advanced hikers and I can say the views from the summit are terrific.

Very hard but very enjoyable

This is now my new favorite hike. If your up for a challenge, this is the one. It’s very rocky and you need gloves to protect your hands as well as in the cables. Toughest thing I’ve ever done, but so worth it. The views are amazing!

This trail was fun and challenging. my biggest challenge with this trail was my fear of hights, there is allot of slippery gravel and lose rocks so be careful. I attempted going down the sadle but had to stop half way though and come back as I was not able to complete it by with my fear of hights.

2 months ago

Scary is one word but totally worth it. Hard is accurate.

2 months ago

Great hike! Take plenty of water!

amazing views

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