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Picacho Peak

 
Picacho Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 32.63500°N / 111.4002°W

Object Title: Picacho Peak

Elevation: 3374 ft / 1028 m

 

Page By: Steven Cross

Created/Edited: May 4, 2002 / Apr 15, 2009

Object ID: 150971

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Overview



Please check here for updates: http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html

This mountain sticks up out of the desert next to I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson. From the base it looks like it can only be done with ropes, as it is flanked with cliffs on all sides. The Hunter trail is the most recommended route up this monolith. It is two miles of grueling work. The trail heads up steeply to a pass then goes down the other side, loosing over half the elevation in a short amount of time. The trail then continues back up cut through the rock and there are cables to help you up the mountain. The trail is very steep and you have to find footholds and handholds in the rocks. You cannot get around using the cables; I found them in the way sometimes. You have to use them to pull yourself up the mountain.
The other trail, Sunset Vista trail is not recommended. It is 3.1 miles and circles around the backside of the mountain then comes up and connects to the Hunter trail avoiding a lot of the difficulties. From the top it looks like a boring trail.
Picacho Peak is a large lava flow. Geologists have no clue what volcano made it.
Picacho Peak is where the most western battle took place in the Civil war.
For more information click here

Getting There

From Phoenix take I-10 south to Tucson. About an hour outside of Phoenix you will see a sign that says Picacho Peak State Park. The exit number is 219. The park is on the right side of the interstate.

Red Tape

It is in Pacacho Peak State Park and costs $5.00 per vehicle to ener the park.
Picacho Peak is open for day use only and closes at sunset.

When To Climb

Winter months. November through march is the best. The summer is way to hot.
Casa Grande is the closest city to Picacho Peak. Click here for their weather and a web cam of the city.





Camping

There are about 100 camping spots. First come first serve. There is a picnic area, restrooms and showers.
$10 per night with a 15 day limit.

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Jeff12633Untitled Comment

Jeff12633

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About a mile South on the access road from Picacho State Park is an Ostrich farm where one can feed the ostriches and deer. It's a great stop for kids and anyone who has never seen 500 ostriches before! Cost is about $2 for a large cup of feed.
Posted Nov 4, 2003 9:41 pm
fedakUntitled Comment

fedak

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The Hunter trail to the summit is day use only and closes at sunset.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 4:39 pm
OutdooraholicClosed until 10/15/08

Outdooraholic

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Important Information: Due to construction of a new Visitor Center, Picacho Peak State Park is currently closed to all public entry. The park is scheduled to re-open in October 2008.

Please check here for updates: http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html
Posted Aug 8, 2008 12:45 pm
Sarah SimonPark is now open

Sarah Simon

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Steven,



You may wish to update the park closure notice at the beginning of your Overview section. The park is now open and the visitor center construction is complete.



"NOTICE

Important Information: Due to construction of a new Visitor Center, Picacho Peak State Park is currently closed to all public entry. The park is scheduled to re-open in October 2008."



Cheers,



Sarah
Posted Apr 15, 2009 5:37 pm
Steven CrossRe: Park is now open

Steven Cross

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Thanks for the info!
Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:23 pm

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