Sunset Vista Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Picacho, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain1,607 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleFee
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Getting There

Picacho Peak State Park charges an entrance fee of $7/vehicle. Visitors entering on foot or bicycle are $3. This hike contains a cable climb approximately 2 miles into the route. Please keep this in mind if you are bringing your pet.

Easy access from I-10, about 40 miles north of Tucson. Look for signs to Picacho Peak State Park. There is a moderate admission fee for day-use.

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Nicholas Cook-Rostie
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I’m from out of state and not familiar with the area and it was easy to find. The state park cost $7 to get into and has a decent amount of parking spots. I went on April 7th and had some fantastic weather only in the low 90’s. There is not much shaded spots on the trail. It was a fun and challenging hike. My Apple Watch said 6.33 miles and 1,986ft in gain, which took me 2 hours and 31 minutes of hiking time. I veered off course slightly which added some distance. Only saw a few other people on the trail and would recommend the drive to location!

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Doug Folkerth
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Really well done trails. STEEP, narrow and scary... But well worth the effort. Take plenty of H2O

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John Roszler
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Very nice trail, it's very challenging at the end so bring gloves. I loved looking into the valley to the right going up. Bring sunscreen it's very hot.

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Natalia Dale
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Awesome! Wish we didn’t have time constraints. Lots of saguaro and views non stop. Too hot for dogs unless you go at dawn.

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K Webster
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Definitely difficult.

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Dan Williams
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Alyssa Marie
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Very unique trail - a lot of fun! The cables are super sturdy, but gloves are definitely very helpful. If you have any rock climbing ability, the cables are not necessary. There’s good footing and holds the whole way up. Amazing views from the top !

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Kevin Anderson
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Great hike. Left our campsite first thing in the morning and walked over to Sunset Vista TH to start the hike. Half way thru I decided I didn't want to do the out and back. Decided at some point to go over the saddle and drop down Hunter. Great hike but plan accordingly. Views to die for on the Sunset side.

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Scott Johnston
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Jennifer Phillips
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Dean Dubois
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John Fratamico
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Awesome!

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Elvira Valenzuela
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Ed Nelson
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It was a challenging hike for a 71 year old but worth it and unbelievably gratifying!!

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Steven Meyers
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Watch your step, it’s a rocky tough trail and if you make a misstep you may not have a chance to do it again. But it’s worth it !

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Nick Orton
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Awesome. You won't regret it.

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Samantha Lolo
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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeScramble

Most rewarding hike I’ve ever done! I’m a beginner so this was a challenging one for me. There’s no shade, so if you’re planning on going all the way to the top I recommend bringing LOTS of water. I didn’t think that gloves were necessary because the cables were grippy enough as is, but maybe on a hot day they would be nice.

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Adrianne Kaneko
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ben mitrowski
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Miguel Rodriguez
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Well marked trail. Gloves highly recommended.

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Delany C
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Such a fun hike! Just make sure to bring enough water, especially as it’s getting hotter in town!

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Pam McGovern
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A challenge for me but good. I should of went much earlier. Getting too hot already.

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Marisa Raymond
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Great hike! Glad we made it to the top

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