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“First walk”

Picacho Peak State Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Picacho
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Owner description: Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area. The park offers a visitor center with exhibits and a park store, a playground, historical markers, a campground and picnic areas. Many hiking trails traverse the desert landscape and offer hikers both scenic and challenging hikes. Hike prepared and know your limits. Bring plenty of food and water and wear proper footwear. Enjoy the beauty of the desert and the amazing views.
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went to the "first walk" on January 1st. The ranger who guided us was very knowledgeable and obviously loved her job. The walk was good workout but not too strenuous

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Weny with my in-laws who are in their latter 70's. This was our trip to enjoy the car by car. The rangers were so friendly and answered all of our questions that they had probably answered numerous times before. Theere are hiking trails. And lots for a photographer to capture. We'll be back with boots.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stopped in at Picacho Peak on our way from Tucson to Scottsdale, having already hiked that morning at Sabino Canyon in Tucson, so we were looking for a fairly moderate hike. We knew the Hunters Trail was more than we could handle, so we opted for Sunset Vista, a "moderate" trail that begins at the northernmost parking area.

The trail was surprisingly difficult, with a lot elevation increase in the initial half mile that involved climbing up some large (2 foot) stone and wooden steps. The trail then travels along the west side of the mountain at a fairly constant elevation, but getting across multiple arroyos involved more up and down on fairly steep grades. The trail mostly consisted of loose rocks so it was pretty treacherous at times, at least for a trail advertised as "moderate." We only had about 2.5 hours to spend, so we did not travel all the way to the summit.

Most of the park seems to be composed of relatively desolate "moonscape" which is dramatic but also a bit creepy after a while. Vegetation is quite limited and sparse. However, there were definitely great views of distant mountains across the valley and the hike was a good experience for us.

The park entry fee of $7 was reasonable and the staff at the visitor center were extremely friendly and helpful.

Thank ZamiaV
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed in the campground in our RV and were impressed with the neatness and large size of the sites. The view is amazing as well. We hiked the Hunter trail - not for the fient of heart. It says it is difficult and it is - you must be in pretty good physical shape to enjoy this hike and even to complete it. There are sections that are very steep, some almost vertical, that you hang onto a single or a double wire. One section in particular requires good physical strength both to haul yourself up and to hold yourself coming down. (We met a young couple on the way, and she was having difficulty because of lack of strength.) It is a fantastic accomplishment, and I highly recommend it for a great hike.

Thank IslandWest
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Picacho Peak dominates the area and as you stare at the peak, you can be standing on it after hiking Hunter Trail. From the parking lot, the first mile is all up hill and usually fairly steep. Take a break at the saddle by sitting on the bench and admire the views. From there it is partially down the other side via cables and handholds before heading back up. If heights are a problem for you, you may have a problem with several sections that are so practically vertical walls that are climbed, again with the help of cables, screens and handholds. One final section has a board walk in place because otherwise, there is nothing to support your forward progress. Great views at the top and a good workout. Done it several times and always fun.

Thank OhioCyclist
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