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Picacho Peak State Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Picacho
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Owner description: This park offers yearly re-enactments of the key Civil War battle that took place here.
Caribbean Key, Florida, United States
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

This high-desert treasure trove is best experienced in March, when the desert erupts into fields of lovely wildflowers. Check out the emus on the side of I-10, just south of the park. Picacho is a big spooky mountain about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. It is the site of Arizona's lone Civil War skirmish.

2 Thank Mark O
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Centennial, Colorado
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205 reviews
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“Beautiful State Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

Excellent hiking trails with beautiful scenery. A Renactment of a civil war battle that was held here will be held one weekend in March. Known for the beautiful flowers in late March and early April. The peak can be seen for miles around.

Visited February 2012
Thank colin92
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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“No better experience for Desert Wildflowers!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

Picacho is accessible to most any level of hiker, and the desert spring bloom is lovely most years. Go when your weather newscaster advises the blooms are on!

2 Thank DesertTravellerAZ
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Tucson, Arizona
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Wild hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is an unforgettable hike but bring LOTS of water and heavy gloves since you have to literally pull yourself up on cables at the end. Worth it, though.

Thank DbacksFn
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Chicago, Illinois
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217 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 579 helpful votes
“A Hiker's Delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2011

Picacho Peak State Park offers a few different hikes for the casual visitor. Of these, Hunter Trail is the real gem. The trail starts within view of I-10 and the expressway's noise will accompany you up the initial ascent to the saddle of the mountain. This first section was quite steep and will surely test your fitness.

Once you've reached the saddle, the noise from I-10 disappears, the views to the west become fantastic, and the trail takes an adventurous turn. The downward trail on the other side of the saddle becomes so steep in many places that steel cables have been placed to help protect the visitor from falls. These cables continue as you begin to make the final ascent to the top of the peak. There are places where a good amount of upper-body strength will be necessary to pull yourself up. Hiking some parts of this trail are almost like rock climbing.

The views from the top are phenomenal and there are many excellent photo opportunities along the way. The total trip takes about 3 to 4 hours for an average hiker. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Some people also use gloves to protect their hands from the cables. I did not and didn't experience any difficulties. You might also consider the use of a walking stick. Such a stick would be quite valuable on many parts of the trail, but it could become cumbersome in the climbing sections.

All in all, this was one of the best hikes I've ever done. It is akin to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. If you are in the area and you enjoy hiking, you should certainly set aside part of a day for some adventure!

Visited November 2011
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