Picacho Peak, Arizona - Elevation 3,374 Feet

Hike and Trail Photos In Picacho Peak State Park in Pinal County, Arizona

A mountain worth your time if you love challenging hikes ...
Picacho Peak stands as quite a landmark for those traveling between Phoenix and Tucson on Interstate 10. From the vantage point of the photo directly below (taken from Interstate 70 westbound), the highest part of the mountain looks scary and daunting. Indeed it is! But the well-marked, 2.1 mile Hunter Trail goes along the backside and offers a little bit of everything: beautiful desert scenery, steep sections that make it a good workout and easy access to the trailhead. If you love climbing mountains, Picacho Peak ought to be on your list! Picacho Peak, Arizona

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Picacho Peak, AZ

Hike Photos

February 3, 2007 - Joel and I hiked Picacho Peak in Picacho Peak State Park, which is a tall and pointed that sits adjacent to I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix.
Hunter Trail There are two routes to Picacho Peak. We took the Hunter Trail, which is a shorter and steeper route to the saddle of the mountain before a climb that included some scrambling and use of metal ropes.
Hunter Trail, AZ Joel ahead of me near the beginning of the Hunter Trail.
Picacho Peak Hike This trail many steep sections, including this stretch about halfway in our journey.
Picacho Peak State Park As we continued to hike upward, I turned back to get a good perspective photo of people walking, saguaros and the massive cliff to the right.
Picacho Peak State Park, AZ Past the saddle, we had beautiful views of Arizona's desert and mountains to the west.
Saguaro Saguaro Cactus Saguaro There are plenty of saguaros on this trail. :)

My other saguaro pages:
  • Saguaro Photo Gallery (Tucson)
  • Tall Saguaro
  • Saguaros Around Tucson
  • Arizona Barrel Cactus As we hiked past cliffs, we noticed saguaros and barrel cacti growing close to the edge ... sometimes on the side of cliffs! (Right photo: A large red-thorned barrel cactus.)
    Joel Smith Closer to the summit, I got a shot of Joel amidst these saguaros.
    Picacho Peak State Park Near the top, a few areas required the use of metal ropes and fences. This hike is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done!
    Picacho Peak Hike
    Picacho Peak, AZ
    Picacho Peak Summit
    Picacho Peak Summit

    Picacho Peak Summit

    My visit to Arizona this winter was a great one and this adventure had it all: Saguaros, Arizona desert scenery and the opportunity to stand on a mountain's summit. What a day!

    The adjacent photos were all taken at the summit.

    Photo #1 is myself with the Santa Catalina Mountains and I-10 (heading towards Tucson) in the background.

    Photo #2 is the view looking down towards the Picacho Peak State Park grounds.

    Photo #3 is a great one of Joel looking out towards the sun to the west.

    Photo #4 is the view to the north.

    Photo #5 is the view towards the west while doing my best to block off the sun.


    Joel Smith

    Two final photos. One of me hiking down ...

    And Joel, a good guy who loves the desert, hot weather and the Arizona Cardinals. Special thanks to him for his generosity in hosting me while in Tucson.

    Other Arizona hikes:
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  • Silly Mountain
  • Picketpost Mountain

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