Picacho Peak

Picacho, Arizona 85141

Picacho Peak

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"No doubt serving as an important landmark for as long as humans have inhabited this part of the Southwest, Picacho Peak features one of the more challenging short hikes in Arizona. First built by the CCC in 1933 and then improved by Boy Scouts in 1972, the Hunter Trail reaches the top of this forti?ed summit in only 2 miles. Although not recommended for children under ten or inexperienced hikers of any sort, this route offers rewards that few other hikes in the state can." Read more

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3/20/2010
A great hike to the peak. It was challenging at some points but well worth it when you reach the top. But if your afraid of heights and being close to the edge then maybe you should choose another trail
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1/18/2008
My best of many hikes that I have enjoyed. I enjoy a challenge and this trail is at the top of my list so far. My brother and I are fairly new to hiking, and this is definitely the most diffucult trail I have as yet explored. When my brother suggested this hike, I got online and looked at pics of the trail and thought; WOW, can I really do this? I found it not to be as terrifying as the pictures looked. I would recommend this hike, if not for anything else, but to enjoy the experience. And, be totally prepared for an awesome trek. Yes, wear the gloves and good treking boots as recommended, and take plenty of water. Make a promise to yourself to make it to the top of the peak and then come back down and purchase that T-shirt that says "I hiked the Peak" and wear it proudly!
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Trail Information

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

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Dec 2018