Hunter Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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A fascinating hike to the top of Picacho Peak. Rising 1,500 vertical feet above the surrounding desert floor, 3,374-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. The “Battle of Picacho Pass” took place on April 15, 1862, lasted about an hour and a half, and cost the lives of four “Johnny Rebs” and three “Yanks.” Petroglyphs abound in the area, testifying that the prehistoric Hohokam were here long before the white man.

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"A fascinating hike to the top of Picacho Peak. Rising 1,500 vertical feet above the surrounding desert floor, 3,374-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. The “Battle of Picacho Pass” took place on April 15, 1862, lasted about an hour and a half, and cost the lives of four “Johnny Rebs” and three “Yanks.” Petroglyphs abound in the area, testifying that the prehistoric Hohokam were here long before the white man."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Arizona State Parks
Local Maps: USGS Newman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Hunter Trail

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