Picacho Peak

Picacho, Arizona

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Although this hike is well northwest of the Tucson Mountains, it should not be missed. It follows the Hunter Trail to the top of Picacho Peak, the spectacular rocky summit adjacent to I-10 northwest of Tucson. Rising 1,500 vertical feet above the surrounding desert floor, 3,320-foot Picacho Peak is an isolated, 22-million-year-old volcanic mountain situated midway between the Gila River and Tucson. This is the site of Arizona’s only Civil War battle.

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"Although this hike is well northwest of the Tucson Mountains, it should not be missed. It follows the Hunter Trail to the top of Picacho Peak, the spectacular rocky summit adjacent to I-10 northwest of Tucson.

Rising 1,500 vertical feet above the surrounding desert
floor, 3,320-foot Picacho Peak is an isolated, 22-million-year-old volcanic mountain situated midway between the Gila River and Tucson. This is the site of Arizona’s only Civil
War battle."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Picacho
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Picacho Peak State Park, PO Box 907, Eloy 85131 (520) 466-3183 azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE/index.html
Local Maps: USGS Newman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Picacho Peak

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