Picacho Peak Short & Steep via Hunter Trail

Peak Summited2021 Picacho Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadHunter Trailhead
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://youtu.be/eefgHg06Y_A

My FB hiking group, I'd Rather Be Hiking ( IRBH ), did Picacho Peak on Easter Sunday, April 4th – Unfortunately my tennis team had a league match scheduled that day and I wasn't able to join them – So I decided to do Picacho Peak solo the following Sunday, April 11th – Since it's only 44 miles from my home I was able to start relatively early – There is a $7/vehicle or $3/per individual on foot or bicycle fee to enter Picacho State Park – There is a sign near the start that reads:


The Hunter Trail ( to the “Peak” ) is rated DIFFICULT and is not recommended for inexperienced hikers, hikers with existing knee or ankle conditions, or anyone under the age of ten.  Hike at your own risk.

Trails are open only during daylight hours.
2 – 3 liters of water per person recommended.
Hiking boots with ankle support recommended.
No dogs permitted beyond the “Saddle”.
Stay on designated trail & do not cut switch backs.
Beware of falling rocks.
Beware of Thunderstorms.

The weather couldn't have been better that day – It was slightly overcast and as a result a little cooler than normal – I left my trekking poles in the car and brought my gloves as I heard this hike required holding on to cables in several places – I had 3 liters of water in a bladder – This hike is a definite workout as you must climb 2,030 feet in only 1.35 miles – The trail was busy, but not overly so considering it was the weekend – Being that I was alone, I spent a great deal of time at the summit eating a snack and enjoying the spectacular view – I also took a lot of pictures and a video


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