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Begins on the north side from Barrett Loop and goes to the top of the peak. The trail climbs a resistant path typical of the Sonoran desert.

photo: Photo taken of the south face of Picacho Peak, Arizona. Photo by John Hunnicutt II.

Length: 3.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Backcountry, At Picacho Peak State Park, south of Elroy.
State(s): Arizona
Longitude: -111.40251
Latitude: 32.64268

Driving Directions

Located in Picacho Peak State Park


The prominent landmark Picacho Peak rises majestically 1,500 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor about 35 miles northwest of Tucson just off Interstate 10. Hiking, camping and picnicking are the preferred pastimes here. Hikers enjoy the 2.0 mile climb to the top of Picacho Peak at 3,374', while the less adventurous can stroll along a trail at its base and marvel at the vibrant spectacle of the season's blooming wildflowers.

Picacho Peak looks much different up close than it does from from Interstate 10 at 75 mph. Its beauty can only be appreciated at close range, with cliffs looming over trails and saguaros hiding in the shadows.

Picacho Peak is the distinct formation that can be seen for miles as you speed between Phoenix and Tucson. Hunter Trail is unlike many others in the state. Cables help you get up and down some sheer rock and other tricky spots. Fences and, at one point, a plank have been erected at the trickiest points to keep you on the mountain. Dogs should probably stay home. There is little flat terrain on your way up.

Despite the features designed to assist your climb, the trail is challenging. You'll have to step carefully backwards to get down some steep descents. But the challenge makes the well-traveled trail fun, evidenced by dozens of snowbirds who hike to the summit.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Arizona State Parks
Picacho Peak State Park
P.O. Box 275
Picacho , AZ 85241
(520) 466-3183



Photo taken of the south face of Picacho Peak, Arizona. Photo by John Hunnicutt II.

Photo taken of the south face of Picacho Peak, Arizona. Photo by John Hunnicutt II.


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