Rising prominently from the flat desert floor below, Picacho Peak is a special feature of the desert landscape. Its unique shape and close proximity to the interstate make it a highly-recognizable landmark in the region. The Hunter trail quickly gains over 1300 feet to the summit, offering excellent views of Southern Arizona, including Mt. Lemmon to the south and the Pinal Mountains to the northeast.
Winding up, over, and around the main ridge, the trail is one part hiking, one part easy climbing, with some steep and exposed sections. Significant improvements to the trail however, including several hundred feet of cable hand-holds and related steel rigging, make the route accessible to the casual hiker. The steep climb, great views, and classic desert hiking experience make this a fun, adventurous hike and a must for the Arizona hiker.