Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

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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

hiking

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hiking
1 hour ago

hiking
6 days ago

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 ;)

hiking
23 days ago

28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months 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.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months 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.

5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months 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!

hiking
5 months 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.