With many of Arizona’s parks under the threat of being shut down due to budget cuts, we (with two buddies) decided to climb up Picacho Peak (Picacho meaning “big peak” in Spanish…) before it’s closure date.
Picacho Peak is near the site of one of the few civil war battle engagements this far southwest. A Union cavalry patrol from California skirmished with Confederate scouts from Texas, and three men were killed.
Not quite the peak but still winning one of his many battles that day…
The view from our first water break spot.
We veered off the path a few times, thought we saw a cave a little and decided to explore it.
The “cave” only went in about 2 feet and contained a puddle so down we go.
Where the fun begins.
Gloves are highly recommended for these rusted metal cables.
Pooped out. It was a strenuous hike! Only 3 miles round trip but the elevation gain is tiring!
See our other trail reports & photos of Picacho Peak:
Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak Overview
- Address: 15520 Picacho Peak Rd, Picacho, AZ 85241
- Fees: $7/vehicle
- Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
- Usage: Heavy
- Length: 3 Miles Out & Back
- Elevation Gain: 1,750
- Bring workout gloves for grasping the metal cables.
- Pets allowed: Yes, but not recommend due to climbing spots.