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Picacho Peak via Sunset Vista

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 4.6 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging yet rewarding hike!


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Map Key

5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Out and Back

2,803' 854 m

High

1,874' 571 m

Low

1,179' 359 m

Up

1,178' 359 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A tough climb that rewards you with some outstanding views.

Need to Know

$7 parking/car. Take more water than you think you'll need.

Description

This is much more work than 30 minutes on the stair climber at the gym! Invest in some good hiking shoes/boots. Your feet will thank you! The trail is very well maintained, but good footwear will make the uneven terrain more enjoyable especially at the day's end.

I read several reviews before going that recommended taking more water than you think you'll need. That advice is spot on. We took 72oz each, and it was just about perfect. We each had some leftover when we got back to the car.

We also took hiking sticks which were very helpful until we reached the first set of cables. The cables were very helpful ascending/descending. It was a challenging, yet beautiful and rewarding hike!

Flora & Fauna

An array of cacti, ocotillo, a coyote, a ground squirrel chirping at us, many different types of birds, and a lizard that we were unable to identify.

Contacts

Shared By:

Darren Hasler

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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Photos

View from the trail.
Nov 16, 2021 near Eloy, AZ
On the Sunset Vista Trail toward the trailhead
Feb 23, 2020 near Eloy, AZ
View along the Hunter Trail
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
Picacho Peak summit view looking north along I-10
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
View west from the summit
Feb 23, 2020 near Eloy, AZ
View from the trail
Nov 16, 2021 near Eloy, AZ

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Jun 23, 2022
Daniel Reschigna
With carlos & ian 3mi — 3h 00m
Jan 15, 2022
Jack D
Feb 6, 2021
Nathan Sauser
3.1mi — 2h 06m
Dec 30, 2020
Charles Paige
5.7mi — 2h 40m
Aug 25, 2020
Billygoat Keri
Mar 1, 2020
Chris Reed
Feb 25, 2020
Richard Tweedie
Feb 20, 2020
Bruce Hope
Bring gloves.