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.
dogs on leash
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!
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.
awesome hike if u don't mind steep climb, pulling yourself up with cables and sheer drop offs! love it, done it 3 times-would do again.
holy cow that was tough
Holy moly!!! Well I'd did it
Tyler, Emily and I hiked up 1800 feet and 2 miles to get to the summit. We had to pull ourselves up using the anchored cables at several places. It was truly an amazing hike. The first mile will test your stamina, straight up the side of the mountain, but when you get to the back side the fun really starts to begin. See my video of our day on the mountain:
Picacho Peak Summit Hike.
3 minutes of SCARY on Picacho:
Not sure why this is rated as moderate as it is short but challenging due to steep cable-assisted scrambles and long climbs. The hike was great but take a lot of water and some snacks for the top. Very busy trail when we went. I would not recommend this trail for young children, dogs, or people with knee problems or a severe fear of heights. The trail is pretty exposed most of the second half of the climb so I would suggest to use sunscreen or cover up. Bring gloves!
So far, this is now my favorite trail. I enjoy getting a workout when I hike and this gave it to me. More rock climbing than walking, which I thought was awesome. Like a jungle gym for grown-ups! There were 4 of us and we all managed it, but some struggled more than others. It's good to be tall for this due to the reaching up or down on the boulders. Cables secured in many areas to assist the steep or tight places, remember your gloves. Took us about 1.5 hr going up to the peak where we enjoyed some lunch and nice views, then about an hour down. I'm looking forward to going back soon.
A challenging trail but well worth it. Beautiful flora and caves along the way. Ankle support and good traction are a must. The view of the surrounding desert and mountains is amazing.
This says that dogs may use the trail but please don't. It's not meant for pups. Or small children.
But it was one of the most enjoyable hikes I've done, and I will be back weekly until the heat of summer sets. Take snacks and plenty of water.. Tons of wildlife, and be sure to feed the Lorakeets at the Ostrich farm when you're done with the hike. It's worth the 10$ just for the Lorakeets.
Advanced hike. Easy trail markers. Great views. One of the most enjoyable hikes, in my opinion.
We are average hikers in pretty good shape, and this was a challenge. Mostly up hill, with a few really fun cable sections. As others have stated, leather gloves are highly recommended. You can do it without, but you won't be nearly as confident when holding the steel cables.
Pack a lunch for the top and be sure to take some pictures because it's fantastic!
Time from parking lot to top 1 hour and 11 minutes. Time down 51 minutes.