Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily 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.

Length2.7 miElevation gain2,030 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingViewsRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
Description
Waypoints (3)

Picacho Peak State Park charges an entrance fee of $7/vehicle. Visitors entering on foot or bicycle are $3. The trail to the summit is well marked and maintained. The trail is challenging and requires strong arms to grip the cables on ascent and descent, gloves are highly recommended. Views from the trail and the summit are great! The nature is amazing. Users have a great chance to spot the bald headed eagle and see blooming ocotillos. Dogs are not permitted beyond the saddle area, which is about halfway to the peak.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (1,805)
Photos (2,206)
Activities (1,662)
Completed (3,056)
View user's profile page
Nicholas Andershock
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 10, 2021
HikingGreat!

Th trip is longer than listed.

View user's profile page
Mike Torrisi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 9, 2021
Hiking

Very quick uphill to start, have to pay close attention for train markers, all of Which are clearly marked just at times easy to miss. Trail is beautiful and challenging. Ascent at times requires ropes and borderline rock climbing. Very fun and well maintained.

View Mike's activity
View user's profile page
Neil Dockery
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 9, 2021

The end of the trail is an epic scramble!

View Neil's activity
View user's profile page
D Seitz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 9, 2021

At the top of this peak a small bird will greet you. You may think he is a common begger; you would be wrong. This is the spirit of boldness waiting to commune with whoever is daring enough to reach the top of his mountain. Choose carefully how you interact with this great and powerful creature. If you treat him well, every bold move you make may be met with 100 fold the generosity. If you treat him poorly, every risk you take will be met with disaster.

View D's activity
View user's profile page
Trent Rincon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 3, 2021
HikingFee

Fantastic hike all the way around. Hunter trail gets you elevated in a hurry. Definitely come ready to work. Gloves are an important grab (and I'm not really a glove guy). The cables are definitely there for more then just safety. You WILL use them to accomplish the summit. This mtn demands and deserves your respect. You are rewarded with an amazing accomplishment and stellar views.

View user's profile page
Brian Lyson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 2, 2021

if you are afraid of heights this will challenge you. wow

View Brian's activity
View user's profile page
Simon LaRocca
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 2, 2021

Absolutely a must! Super happy I came across this trail. You want a workout with great results. This is it! As a lot of other reviews suggest, gloves. Great for all the cables. If the surrounding scenery area was better, it would for sure be my favorite. Still may be though. Highly Highly Recommend.

View Simon's activity
View user's profile page
Linda Jean Fenner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 28, 2021
HikingGreat!

4-27-21 Love Picacho! Second time conquering this incredible fun obstacle hike! New experience though as we hit a short rain storm which made the cables and trail extremely slippery and dangerous! Don’t recommend hiking this if there’s a chance of rain...Safety First!!!

View user's profile page
Leah Spencer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 27, 2021
Hiking

rainy Tuesday morning 7am. saw 3 people on the way up. 12 on the way down. peak to myself for 30 minutes! the rock definitely gets slick when wet. totally doable hike, similar to camelback in some ways, more technical parts. if you don't like heights....sit this one out. well worth it. now id like to come up to the peak from the sunset trail.

View Leah's activity
View user's profile page
Lucas Salas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 26, 2021
HikingGreat!
View user's profile page
Kennedy Claud
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 25, 2021
Hiking

Its difficult but definitely worth it! The whole family went and we learned to bring a few things next time. Our own pair of gloves, even though there were some we could borrow at the top. Extra water, we each went through 3 liters and we could’ve used more. And extra snacks.

View Kennedy's activity
View user's profile page
Sonny Galos
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 25, 2021
Hiking

Great hike. Immediate incline, that turns into even more incline, that turns into a downhill scramble for about 100m then climbing up another couple hundred meters LOL. Good times. Comparable to Flat Iron if you quicken the pace.

View Sonny's activity
View user's profile page
Austin Davies
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 25, 2021
Hiking

Interesting and fun trail with all the climbing cables the best views are to the left of the peak. There’s some pretty cool caves to take pictures in also

View Austin's activity
View user's profile page
Ted Bauer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 25, 2021
Hiking

I’ve driven by this peak many times and never took the time for a hike. Finally I did and I am so glad. Super fun. Lots of protected scrambling including some installed cables that are handy for going up and down. Both our Garmin and Apple watches measured this over 4 miles round trip.

View user's profile page
Amanda Lee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 25, 2021
Hiking

lovely at sunset! very few on trail, still 90 degrees at 6pm. I can't imagine doing this when it's hot and crowded, trying to navigate the slippery, narrow trail and cables. super neat though and great views! gloves help. wear good shoes!!!

View Amanda's activity
View user's profile page
marlon salem
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 24, 2021
HikingGreat!

Another amazing hike, the view at the top is what's the rewarding. Gloves aren't mandatory, but recommended. Take ur time, especially on appreciating the views, worth it.

View user's profile page
Jax Collins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 23, 2021
Hiking

Great trail very technical but great!

View Jax's activity
View user's profile page
Clarence Wyland
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 21, 2021
Hiking

Awesome early morning hike. 1st ones to the top and everyone was friendly on the way down. Great park & hike.

View Clarence 's activity
View user's profile page
Korbin Hall
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 20, 2021
Hiking

DANG that was an absolutely awesome trail!! It wasn’t too strenuous and the cable climbs made it interesting. Find a video of it by searching “Arizona Unlimited” (my channel) on YouTube and it’ll be on my page.

View user's profile page
Red Jessup
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 19, 2021
HikingGreat!

Awesome!

View user's profile page
Karlie Borowicz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 19, 2021
HikingGreat!Scramble
View user's profile page
Helena Woroniecka
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 18, 2021
HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Super fun trail!! Loved the scrambles and cable sections, and although the view wasn’t much to look at besides some sections of farmland, the fun of the actual hike itself more than made up for it!

View user's profile page
Zach Wilson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 18, 2021
Hiking

Thank god for the cables! One of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done. Definitely not for the faint of heart. If you’re scared of heights, I wouldn’t recommend this hike. But the views are amazing!

View Zach's activity
View user's profile page
Sarah O'Connor
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
Hiking

What a fun challenge! Decent elevation climb, some bouldering, scrambling, cable rails, and amazing views! What more could you ask for?! Will def be back.

View Sarah's activity
View user's profile page
Jeffrey Haight
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
HikingGreat!

Bad day Jo fell

View user's profile page
Michael Breed
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Bad day Jo fell

Showing results 1 - 26 of 1805