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Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail

  • Dec 1, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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Winner of the 2012 "Best of Phoenix" Winter Hike Picacho Peak offers a beautiful 360 degree views from the top. Unfortunately getting up there isn't as easy as everyone thinks. This popular short 4 miles RT hike proves time and again as being the most unique and challenging climbs I've ever done.

This hike isn't for everyone. And I couldn't stress this enough... This is a difficult strenuous hike with steep climbs. At multiple points on the hike you will need to use upper body strength just to pull yourself up on cables and hand rails. Also there are areas you are standing on steel beams because there isn't anything else to stand on. So if your fearful of heights or falling this isn't the hike for you, unless you want to conquer that fear in one hike.

For more information log on to http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE/index.html

There is a $7 per car charge, so if your carpooling bring money to help pay fee.

We will meet at the Walmart parking lot nearest to the Starbucks on Cortaro and I-10 and carpool to Picacho Peak. Look for me parked in a Silver Jeep Liberty with a Trenta Black Tea in hand.

Plan for it to take about 3.5 to 4 hours total. The drive there and back about 1 hour and the hike about 2.5 to 3 hours.

Must Haves:

  • 3+ liters of water
  • Snack food
  • Sunscreen
  • Durable hiking shoes/boots
  • Gloves!!!
  • Money to help pay car fee
  • Inhaler if your Asthmatic.
  • Knee brace if you have bad knees

Hope to see you all!

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  • Teri T.

    It was a great day for a hike. Some first timers and some fears tested but everyone made it to the top.

    December 2, 2012

  • Venus

    awsome!

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a adventurous, exciting trail! Lots of beautiful vistas the entire hike. A good workout without taking all day.

    December 1, 2012

  • Venus

    is the new location meeting place 5970 West Arizona Pavilions Drive, Tucson, AZ is definite for sure??

    Park near by because Starbucks parking lot is small.

    November 27, 2012

    • Teri T.

      Yes the Starbucks off of Cortaro Farms west of I10 and just before the the next light (Arizona Pravilions Dr.)

      November 28, 2012

  • Teri T.

    LOCATION CHANGE TO MEET BEFORE WE HEAD TO PICACHO PEAK.

    November 25, 2012

  • Philip M.

    I did this last thanksgiving. You can purchase decent gloves at the little ranger station at Picacho. I believe they're only a couple bucks for a pair. Mine were sturdy enough to last the hike and several more - still have them, in fact.

    November 25, 2012

  • Teri T.

    Made some changes to the itinerary. Please read and if you have any questions send me a message.

    October 18, 2012

  • Jo S.

    So the pre-hike is on Sunday the 25th of Nov.? If so, I'm in if there's room...

    October 18, 2012

    • Teri T.

      Yes I've got you down with 3 others. I'll email you the time and location to meet soon.

      October 18, 2012

  • Teri T.

    Those of you who's joining me on the early pre-hike up Picacho Peak on Nov. 25th please change your RSVPs so people can move up from the Waiting list. Anyone else please check your schedules to make sure you can make it. Please know for sure you'll be able to do this difficult, dangerous but fun hike. Please update your RSVPs to give the waiting hikers a chance too. Any questions please feel free to send me a message.

    October 18, 2012

  • Teri T.

    Hi everyone. I've increased the total of attendees so more hikers can go. Since this seems like a pretty popular hike I'll probably make this a regular once a month thing throughout the winter. So if you can't make it this one time you'll have another chance.

    October 8, 2012

  • Paul Y.

    Have done Picacho Peak Once before, would like to do this hike one more time before December 1.

    October 5, 2012

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