Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail is a 4.3 kilometer 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.

Length4.3 kmElevation gain619 mRoute typeOut & back
HikingViewsRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
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Picacho Peak State Park charges an entrance fee of $7/vehicle. Visitors entering on foot or bicycle are $3. Dogs are not permitted beyond the saddle area, which is about halfway to the peak. 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 - you have a great chance to spot the bald headed eagle and see blooming ocotillos.

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Geri Luciani
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PTL! I wanted to quit. It was a point where Fear took over. That’s what hiking buddies are for… Thank you Christine for the encouragement… The best feeling ever is getting back down to the car… So worth it. Great hike sore knees. ps I don’t know why it didn’t record all 4 miles… My Strava recorded correctly

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Kathi Worley
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I've been hiking for many years and this was by far the hardest one I've done. I shouldn't add that I am now 65 and not as nimble as in my youth! It was challenging from the get go with the rocks and elevation gain. The cables made the difficult areas more manageable for sure but given I am only 5'3" it was sometimes a long reach with my short legs! Definately not for the faint of heart! The view was spectacular. All in all it was worth it.... even the 3 days of sore quads!

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Stephanie Lincoln
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This was a fun one, and reading up on the trail helped big time. I brought my clkmbing shoes and gloves. I changed out of my hiking boots and into my climbing shoes right where the trail turns in to a steep down ward trek with the cables. I had such great footing and hand holds and it made me feel much more secure on the climbs. take your time and wear great shoes. I saw so many people with just flat barely there sneakers on, and thats a big risk. One mistep up there at the wrong time could cost you your life. And for god sakes dont bring your dog even to the saddle. There are lots of trails around there that are much more dog friendly. It's an extremely busy trail on the weekends, and the paths are single file on the climbs, so you may end up bottle necked and waiting for awhile in some parts. Don't be a dick and wear a neck gaiter or a mask. You literally have to touch eahother to pass in some places. you are breathing all over eachother. stop the spread

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Mark OPEKA
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Done this one before. Really fun even if it can be pretty scary in spots. I have to say the steeper cable sections are definitely easier with gloves as the cables nearer the top are pretty narrow gauge and difficult to grip well, especially if you have larger hands. Got an $8 pair at Ace Hardware with rubber palms and fingers. Worked perfectly.

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Michele Travis
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Got on the trail around 9 and finished just before 1:30. It wasn't very crowded. The trail is super fun, and not too difficult.

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Michael Dunn
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Ashley Haynes
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Great hike/scramble trail marked well.

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Todd Colantonio
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Excellent day. Trail is more difficult going out then coming back if you have not done. Very adventurous hike like adult playground. Bring gloves, need for cables going up and down some very steep sections. Stay focused on all terrain, no room for errors on some sections. Views are incredible, go to both peaks when up at top. 3.5 miles tracked.

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Michael Fairley
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Grant Cloud
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Great hike, cable portions are a little sketchy at times, but it makes the trail more interesting

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Jerry McWreath
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Really enjoyed this trails "unique" features with the cables on the South mountain side. Exciting. Do wear good hiking shoes and gloves, as this Peak is no piece of cake. It's challenging...but fun. Catch your breath, and enjoy.

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Danise Vasey
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Scott Kumler
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Yuri May Bonifacio
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it was a very nice hike.. lots of cable portion.. good thing I brought my gloves

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Muriel Robinette
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challenging

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Thomas Foudy
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Such a fun one! I wouldn’t say gloves are mandatory but they are definitely recommended! No escaping the incline here. $7 car fee to get into the state park. Oh and there’s a mailbox up at the top too.

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D. J. Mulholland
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Kim Decker
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Michael Dunn
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Elizabeth Duerk
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Amazing hike and a great workout!!! I would definitely recommend to anyone that enjoys cables and climbing!!! For some reason, my recording isn't attaching to my review but we logged 3.7 miles with an elevation gain of 2,201 feet.

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Vanessa Bertram
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It was really fun in parts and the cables were cool, but definitely really hard if you’re not a pretty serious hiker. Also take gloves for the cables!

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Mantha Mongeon
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THOSE CABLES!!!! Soooo fun!!! BRING GLOVES!! No really. Do it. a frickin blast and a butt burner. So worth it!

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Robert Smith
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Enjoyed this hike in Feb. I’d allow 3 hours with some time on the top and wear layers. South side is in sun and Northside is in shade on way up and even on return down at noon -1pm. Was not as crowded as expected.

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Elvira Valenzuela
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Awesome hike! If you're an avid hiker, this shouldn't be difficult

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Kate Ruffini
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Great hike. Not as difficult as we thought it was going to be. Cables were fun and helpful.

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Linda Yangster
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I hike often and workout so I rate this as a 7 but I think others would find it harder. It’s doable but just might take a little more time. The cables were my favorite part as it added a challenge. I saw some people who are afraid of heights and that was a challenge to them. I think the view was just ok since it overlooks I-10 and just some flat lands but I think the cables made this hike amazing. Wear hiking shoes bc I saw people who didn’t and they struggled. You would need gloves when it’s hot.

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Cody Goik
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hands down one of my favorite hikes i’ve done in Arizona. The cables and scrambling were perfect for an epic, leg burning, vertical hike. I am not the best with heights but this was all doable, so don’t let that stop you from doing this hike.

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Matthew Winn
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Erin O’Grady
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Such an awesome hike! Cables and scrambling were a ton of fun, a little narrow for passing groups but that’s just the reality of the trail. Would recommend going early, we started a little after 9 and when we came down around noon it was getting very crowded.

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Marcy Lyn
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