Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

HARD 130 reviews
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Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Picacho, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2559 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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rocky

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7 days ago

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.

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24 days ago

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!

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28 days ago

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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1 month 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!

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We we're late in the season to see wildflowers, but the on the Calloway trail was worth it.

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1 month ago

Did this hike with a few others a while back on a Mothers Day. It's not your normal hike, that's for sure. It's up and then down and then up again, and all of that has it's own individual quirks to it. The first up section from the parking lot is typical, then it's down the back side of that saddle with cables to hold on to, and then up again with some very steep sections with cables. Crazy trail. The view once on top is pretty decent. Once is enough for me though. Not one I would go back and do over again.

2 months ago

Completed this hike with my husband and 8 year old daughter on 3.25.17. It was definitely a challenge but so worth it! The views from the top were amazing!

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2 months ago

Went a few weeks ago, Did this hike and picture taking expedition for a day trip and it was worth it. Plenty of parking, different trails for what ever your level is and great views. The wildflowers were also beautiful this time of year.