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Hunter Trail

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 4.4 (15)

A challenging ascent up Picacho Peak.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

70%

Runnable

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.

Runner Notes

Entrance fee of $7 or AZ state park pass. Gloves are recommended for cables. Not recommended during summer months, no water along the trail.

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 15 votes

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#869

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Photos

View along the Hunter Trail
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
View from the saddle
Dec 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ
The wildflowers at Picacho Peak State Park were phenomenal in 2019.
Mar 18, 2019 near Eloy, AZ
Climbing the cables on the Sunset Vista Trail
Feb 23, 2020 near Eloy, AZ
Sunset Vista Steep Vertical Climb
Apr 27, 2018 near Eloy, AZ

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