Explore the most popular trails in Picacho Peak State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Challenging trail but well worth the tough workout.

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no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Came down from Peak via this trail to experience the mountain from both trails (went up via Hunter). A few fun adventures on the decent, but no shade...pretty much flat to end of trail.

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scramble
3 days ago

Was able to beat this rock at 50 years old. The second half is incredible with the cable ways. Dropped down on back and finished with Sunset View trail. 6.8 miles back to campground loop A.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Conquered this amazing obstacle course of a hike on 4-14-19. Definitely one of my favorite top 5 difficult/hard hikes I’ll look forward to doing again. Well marked trail that pushes you to your limits mentally and physically....spectacular in every way! Washrooms in park, $7.00 fee

Well worth the tedious climb to the top. Perfect weather and time of day (we started up at 2pm). Lots of shade to take a break and feel a cool breeze. My 10 year olds made it to the top, you can too! Just take your time and take plenty of water, snacks, and some electrolyte tabs to stick in your water. Enjoy!

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4 days ago

It was a hard hike( more climbing) toward the top!
The cables are almost vertical and some spots are the edge of the cliff.
I was alone and I almost gave up but I made to the top!
It was a nice easy hiking trail for 2miles, recommend for anyone, but beyond that point, no kids or no dogs.

hiking
5 days ago

Best seven bucks ever spent. Had me wondering who are the brave souls that actually laid those cables down and how. The first two miles are flat if not slightly downhill, then it just goes up. The cables climb is near vertical. I won't say you have to be able to do a pullup though in order to be able to go up the cables. Coming down was scarier than going up.

Awesome, fun hike! Loved the cables!

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11 days ago

Wildflowers galore!

This is definitely a very good trail the views are amazing. You definitely will have to use your hands if you go to the peek so gloves recommend but not necessary. It can get high traffic so I recommend getting there early.

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

One of my favorite hikes - halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, right off the I-10 - it’s easy to get to and never super busy.
The hike is tough, starting off with a mean uphill till you get to the saddle. Then the rocky, super steep, scrambling section begins - you might want to take some gloves for this part. The views open up even more on this side, as you are no longer looking over the I-10 ... it’s totally worth the 160BPM heart rate that’s busting out of your chest at this point - lol. The hike is even more wonderful in the spring when the flowers are out (like right now), but the view from the top of the peak is spectacular all year round !!
You definitely need sturdy shoes (no soft sneakers), lots of water, and a hat - there’s no shade.

Really amazing trail.

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no shade
17 days ago

Wasn’t able to finish this time. Have done it before though. Awesome hike!

Love this place! Just off the highway, easy to get to and so beautiful

we had a blast! bring lots of water. cheap gloves make the cables much easier. bring a peanut for my squirrell friend up top.

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rocky
scramble
20 days ago

Glad I was able to do this one, but it definitely pushed my fear of heights limits. After you make it to the saddle the real hiking starts. There were so many chuckwallas! The flowers were beautiful and the views were breathtaking (quite literally in some parts). I hiked it alone - I wouldn't suggest doing so if you're afraid of heights as I am - there were definitely some parts I wish I had someone with me. I met a man on my way down who was a volunteer at the park and had summitted this peak over 700 times in the last 8 years!! And he was in his 70s!!! His wife was with him and it was her fourth time up and she was 72. So ya - go do it :) Just be prepared.

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23 days ago

Gorgeous hike! the Wildflowers are blooming everywhere, bees are buzzing, and birds are singing. very scenic trail. the first 2 or so miles are leisurely then the ascent to the base gets a little difficult. Wear good boots for loose rocks and bring at least 3L of water per person. the cables were NO JOKE. A little intimidating but so incredibly worth it at the peak. Take your time on this trail. even though there were a lot of children there I would not recommend this trail for children or anyone not already active.

The trail is well maintained thank goodness, as you will need the cables to hold. A great adventure trail as there are an amazing variety of challenges, up, down, cable climbs, great views

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Great TOTAL body workout! When it says difficult it means it. Worth the hike, get out there!!!

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

This trail is a challenge! Getting to the saddle, where there's a bench, is pretty easy. After that, the intensity level goes way up. This trail demands focus and you must be in decent shape. you'll be using your upper body climbing up. Wear shoes designed for hiking and bring gloves. You'll need them when pulling yourself up the cables. Not recommended for kids. For some hikers, it is possible to complete in 2 hours, but prepare to take 3 to 4 hours. If you're easily rattled by heights, skip this trail.

I’m so glad we made a last minute decision to do this trail during our quick trip to Tucson. It’s definitely challenging, but well worth it. The cables are no joke, wish I had gloves, but made it without them. A special thanks to Charles, a volunteer trail guide, who we happened to meet at the peak. He lead us back down which made for an even more pleasant hike!

This is a pretty hike, short and easy but a bit rocky. Can connect to the nature trail for more distance.

The flowers are in full bloom, if you would like see the prettiest park in Arizona right now. Due to the amount of rain we have had, Picacho Peak State Park looks like a green velvety blanket.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This was my first time hiking Picacho via the Hunter Trail. I was surprised at how difficult it was in some places. Nevertheless, our group (which included 2 kids, including one under the age of 10) managed to make it to the top. The view at the top is worth it.

Gloves are highly recommended, because you will be gripping steel cables for several difficult sections of the trail. Also, if you go in mid-March, you will see an abundant variety of beautiful wildflowers in the first section of the Hunter Trail.

Oh boy this was a fun trail! Lots of bees on top but surprisingly not many amongst the flowers. wear good footwear- lots of shale. Go early to avoid bottlenecks nd waits at the narrow parts.

Rated HARD...that's an understatement! Difficult, breathtaking, exhausting, shocking, challenging, beautiful, euphoric...yes, take gloves! Fingerless workout gloves are fine. Water...take more water! You get to the saddle and think you're done...YOU'RE NOT! Take fruit for the summit! You'll need it cuz the way way back is just as exhausting as the hike up! One and done for me but I'm so darn proud I did it! Give yourself minimum...MINIMUM 4 hours! You're thinking "not even 3 miles..4 hours?...that's crazytalk!" Nope...you'll need every minute of it. Godspeed :-)

on Sunset Vista Trail

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rocky
1 month ago

good trail. a bit steep at the beginning. lots of flowers. 0.8 miles out and back total is accurate

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