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.

Picacho Peak. Was. Amazing. You can watch my experience here (

I've been wanting to do this hike since I moved to Tucson a year and a half ago. 2.7 miles. Rated difficult (and it was). But totally worth it. I hiked it in November during the afternoon. It was still pretty hot, so make sure to bring plenty of water (1-3 L). The hike is dog friendly, but only until the saddle. There are no public restrooms or places to fill up your water bottles. $7.00 fee to enter the park but they do accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

This hike was essentially an obstacle course for adults. But in nature. And cheaper than most. If you love adventure, you should definitely plan to hike this.

This is an awesome trail that offers lots of diversity. Hiked this today with three other people. I am the only one that brought and used them. I highly recommend them although the cables are smooth enough you can do fine without. Just makes gripping more comfortable. This is a hard trail with a few difficult spots, but so worth it. I saw ages 8-70 making it to the peak and back. Took us about 4.5 hours. I highly recommend this for anyone that enjoys a challenge, has good balance, and is not afraid of heights.

Beautiful hike!!!
Really rewarding.. did it today in and out in 3 hours with 1 ltr of water.
Would suggest that carry atleast 2 and people with weak heart and who are afraid of fall or height should not do this!

Tough climb, great views, bring gloves for climbing cables, wished trail is was longer.

A fun and challenging hike with a beautiful view on top! Definitely bring a pair of gloves if you have some. I ignored the other comments and did it without and it made certain parts of the hike far more difficult. It wasn’t blisters forming on my hands that was the problem. Rather it was gripping the metal cables with sweaty hands. The cables were worn smooth so I had close to no grip when I needed it most. I would highly recommend this trail!

18 days ago

Had a great hike to the peak via Sunset on a remarkably uncrowded Saturday. The trail was well-maintained with no obstacles preventing an unobstructed trek to the top by any reasonably fit hiker. The post-monsoon trail damage, evident on all trails in the region, have been repaired in a timely and satisfactory manner. The final mile or so is a sweaty challenge, but the installed cable paths allow the hiker to shift from lower to upper body exertion and actually gives your legs a rest for the final scramble to the peak. Gloves are a must! .Helpful and friendly park rangers and volunteers made my visit even more enjoyable.

Awesome experience! Challenging but so worth it!

26 days ago

Did this one on 9/17/17
Beautiful trail, hard but worth it !

If you’re looking for a good leg burn, you’ve found it. Just south of Phoenix is this gem. The elevation gain is worth the view atop.

Fun desert hike, arrived around 10am with decent parking options. This time of yr. I recommend 1-2L of water. Lots of trail signs to keep you on track.

Such a fun hike! Make sure you are prepared with proper hiking shoes as some areas definitely need the traction of them . We did a sunset hike in October and were fine without gloves. I would definitely recommend them if it’s hot though. A few areas required a bit of flexibility to get up and down so be prepared for that!

The hike starts with a good immediate incline to the saddle, its a good warm up for the second half up to the top. FYI- after the saddle you go down quite a bit in order to around and up to the top. I was a bit confused because you seriously go down a ways. The trail is easily visible, which I love because I often hike solo. The gloves everyone talks about is a good idea, but its not 100% necessary. There are parts of the trail that's somewhat rock climbing. The views aren't spectacular but the journey is all worth it. Finally, its a state park, $7.00 at the door ;)

The Hunter Trail gets down to business right away. The trail is well marked with constant significant grade. When you reach the saddle, you will feel as though you are getting close. This isn't accurate. You give back a couple hundred feel on a steep downhill cable section, and this is where the climb starts. I really appreciated the views from the top. You can see forever.Take your time and you'll be just fine. 1:20 up 2:00 down via Sunset Trail.