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ericnoelHunter Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2008

ericnoel

A very fun short hike. The cables keep the exposure to a minimum making this enjoyable rather than scary. From a distance this is a very imposing looking pinnacle.
Posted Jan 5, 2008 7:53 pm

lcarreauHunter Trail - Fun Peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 1992

lcarreau

Yes, a little exposure involved near the top. Great views
of the north Tucson area. I saw a black dog on the summit.
Posted Dec 9, 2007 3:16 pm

callthedoctorInteresting....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007

callthedoctor

Nice climb...kinda like the "squaw peak" of Tucson...even though it's 30 minutes north. Quite crowded, even the day after Thanksgiving. Weatherwise, VERY NICE day...didn't even touch the 2 liters I brought up...would expect that to be much different in the Summer. Went with my 2 great friends and 6 of their young boys...on the way down, one of the 8 y/o's fell, rolled down a steep portion then fell about 10 feet. Despite this tremendous fall, he only had a deep gash above his eye. My God, it could have been tremendously worse. I carried him the last 1/2 mile or so and the paramedics were waiting by the time we arrived. They decided to fly him back to Tucson as a precaution....scary times. The boy recieved 20 stitches and some cuts and scrapes...be careful out there with your little ones.
Posted Nov 26, 2007 10:27 am

Montana MattFun little hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2000

Montana Matt

Hiked/ran up this little peak with Josh one evening. Pretty fun.
Posted Sep 30, 2007 4:37 pm

hans.schenkHunter Trail  Sucess!

hans.schenk

Climbed this 3 times while living in Tucson. I'm unsure as to exact dates, but somewhere between 1998-2006. I think the first summit was in the spring of 1998 when my folks came to visit.
Posted Sep 26, 2007 10:25 pm

bigbendbettyHunter Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2007

bigbendbetty

Fun hike up and the state park below has free $12 hot showers! just watch out for the high nitrate levels due to ground water contamination. Aahhhhhhhhh
Posted Mar 27, 2007 2:16 am

2skinnersSteep but fun!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2007

2skinners

Climbed via the Hunter Trail. It was fun, and the cables minimized the exposure some. Still pretty steep in sections. Would definately do it again.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 10:56 pm

sloggerHunter Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 1998
Great little climb. The cables are fun (though they may intimidate some). Took my wife up it in 2005, a good "first mountain" for her.
Posted Jan 30, 2007 4:28 pm

agreenstreetRoute Climbed: Hunter Trail Date Climbed: January 13, 2007  Sucess!

agreenstreet

Hiked the hunter trail with my cousins, fun hike. the cables were more in the way than helpful at some points, but most of the time they were nice to have. good views from the top.
Posted Jan 17, 2007 12:24 am

PeakMuleHunter Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2006

PeakMule

Whisked up the landmark peak in just 45 minutes, trailhead to top. Muchas gracias to all those who advised wearing gloves for the cables; even with gloves, they can be rough on the hands. Next visit, Picacho's neighbor-across-the-street: Newman Peak.
Posted Dec 23, 2006 8:55 pm

LandonQDate Climbed: Unknown  Sucess!
Climb with Katherine
Posted Nov 22, 2005 2:27 pm

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Hunter Trail Date Climbed: 2005 October 28  Sucess!

Day Hiker

Hiked up Picacho, its lower neighbor to the northwest, and Peak 3161. The cables on the trail to Picacho aren't necessary, but they certainly make the route a lot safer, and they make the peak accessible to people who could otherwise not climb it (which may or may not be a good thing). Peak 3161, with its lack of cables on the route, and lack of visitors, had a much less urban feel to it. There was a summit register on 3161, and I added a much-needed sheet of paper (the back of a topozone map).
Posted Oct 29, 2005 2:31 am

trip4182Route Climbed: sunset trail Date Climbed: September 25, 2005  Sucess!

trip4182

Great short hike with amazing views from the summit! I loved using the cables. It made me feel like a real mountaineer.
Posted Sep 25, 2005 4:06 pm

evilprooferRoute Climbed: Hunter Trail Date Climbed: Dec. 30, 2004  Sucess!

evilproofer

This is a great hike for all of us who've driven right past Picacho umpteen times on the Phoenix-Tucson I-10 trip and said, "What a cool peak! I should really climb that!" Well, yes, you should! And amaze your friends, since most of the time from the highway it appears to be as steep and otherworldly as Devil's Tower!



You'll be much happier if you have gloves to handle the cables with, and just be psychologically prepared to reach the saddle and then lose LOTS of the altitude that you've just gained. A great rugged but doable way to spend a (winter!) day.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 9:13 pm

surgentTwo ascents  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2002

surgent

First time, March 2002, second time, January 2008. Amazing hike, cables help with tricky bits but the exposure is still quite high - enough to keep the adrenaline pumping the whole time. Bring gloves! Lots of people - a popular hike. Can get kind of clogged up at the tricky bits. Even on my second hike, still had to work up some courage in parts despite the cables. Nevertheless we did it in about 3 hrs r/t, including time with the crowds.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 2:40 pm

fedakRoute Climbed: Hunter Trail Date Climbed: 30-Mar--2004  Sucess!

fedak

Quick afternoon climb on our way south past Tuscon. Clear skies, reasonable temps, and excellent views of Newman Peak across the highway.



Pictures can be found here
Posted Apr 12, 2004 4:33 pm

cactuscatRoute Climbed: Hunter Trail Date Climbed: March 6 2002  Sucess!
This is an extremely fun hike/climb! It was more challenging than I expected, and I loved every minute of it. Definately must be done in cooler weather - people have died out there in the summer!
Posted Jan 23, 2003 11:14 am

thepluggerRoute Climbed: Sunset Vista Trail Date Climbed: Late April, early 1990's  Sucess!

theplugger

I don't remember the exact date of this climb, but we had camped at the Picacho Peak State Park CG on our way from AZ back to Colorado. It was in late April and we did it from the longer Sunset Vista Trail then down the front, a loop trip. The climb was fun and the rock good, but it would have been even more fun without the cables, in my opinion. The main memory we have of this hike was that it gets pretty darn hot there in late April and we had not carried enough water. As soon as we got down to the TH we guzzled water at the faucet. YUCK!! That water was awful!! At least it was wet.
Posted Jan 8, 2003 8:11 pm

bighigazRoute Climbed: Hikers Route (Hunter Trail?) Date Climbed: 3 Summers ago...  Sucess!

bighigaz

I climbed it with Eileen Kriter a few summers ago, though I don't remeber the date exactly... I should check my journal...

All I can say is it was HOT, but the view was amazing. Thank goodness for some serious route developing that has been done by previous hikers, cause this is a pretty exposed trail in some spots! All I could think about on the way up was "I wonder if there are any technical climbing routes?!" So much rock, yet I've never heard of any... maybe the rock is too chossy and loose, but it sure is something to see!
Posted Dec 23, 2002 4:22 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Picacho Date Climbed: Various  Sucess!

charles97

Picacho is a fun little hike. I love the steep parts guided by cable and planks. If you choose to go, make sure it's in early February after a wet winter. The wildflowers (golden Mexican poppies and purple lupin) blanket the base of the mountain, and it's absolutely awesome!
Posted Jul 10, 2002 11:35 am

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