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Hunter Trail

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A challenging ascent up Picacho Peak.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

2,698' 822 m

High

1,999' 609 m

Low

713' 217 m

Up

53' 16 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

Trails are closed sunset to sunrise. Park is closed 10pm to 5am.

Description

This trail leaves from the Bartlett Loop and is the shorter but steeper of the two routes to the summit of Picacho Peak. The trail travels along the north side of the park. You'll reach a saddle with a bench after many steep switchbacks, and then start descending a very steep slope with cables and wooden steps for assistance. After the descent, the trail begins another very steep ascent with cables -- some sections are nearly vertical and would be considered class II-III climbing without the cables. Once past the cables, you'll reach another saddle and climb a series of switchbacks until you reach the summit. You'll enjoy fantastic panoramic views at the top.

Know your limits before tackling this trek -- this is more than a simple walk-up summit! Gloves are recommended to protect your hands on the cables, especially when it's hot outside. Bring plenty of water.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are seasonal

Contacts

Shared By:

Chad Dailey with improvements by Ricky Holzer

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  4.4 from 17 votes

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  4.4 from 17 votes
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#44

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#738

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Photos

View from the trail.
Nov 16, 2021 near Eloy, AZ
View along the Hunter Trail
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
View from the saddle
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
View from the trail
Nov 16, 2021 near Eloy, AZ
View from the trail.
Nov 16, 2021 near Eloy, AZ
The wildflowers at Picacho Peak State Park were phenomenal in 2019.
Mar 18, 2019 near Eloy, AZ

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Oct 25, 2021
Stewart Carnes
Nice hike with great views. Hunter trail is well marked and easy to follow. Rugged trail up to the saddle. The trail then steeply drops on the bac…
Aug 14, 2021
Josh Gibbel
Went from the parking lot to the summit. Beautiful day. Nice and cool for August. — 0h 49m
Jan 1, 2021
Mahes Prasad
Hiked Hunter to the Peak and back down 3.2mi — 7h 30m
Dec 1, 2020
Meggie Tran
5h 10m
Jan 4, 2020
Shutter Fly
Very fun! — 8h 45m
Dec 26, 2019
Pei Min Chuang
Nov 17, 2019
Ali Criss
Jan 4, 2019
Jennifer Dane