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Picacho Peak State Park Reviews
Well, after reading some review (not on tripadvisor),calling this Hell Hike??? I must say this was one of the finest hikes my wife and I have ever done. Was it a challenge? Yes, in a couple of places,... more »
Beautiful campground. Huge, clean bathroom with large showers. Great spots all with electrical hookups. Beautiful scenery with many hiking trails. Great sunsets. Only drawback: train track and freeway... more »
The peak is a little tougher than Camelback in Phoenix but pretty comparable. As one of the other reviewers noted, gloves are good for the many cables helping you up and down the steepest parts. From ... more »
Our hiking group (9 seniors) hiked the further trail to the peak that begins the climb with a 25 to 30 ft. very steep climb that was like rock climbing. The second trail down ended at a different trailhead and parking lot (closer to ranger station); it meanders down the mountain and through the desert. The numerous cable climbs / descends require good flexible gripping gloves and the climbers must be physically fit. A very challenging and rewarding hiking experience! Recommend no pets or young children on the trails to and from the peak because of the need to use cables with both hands. What a climb (5 hours).
We didn't spend a lot of time here, we just stopped by about 2 hours before sunset, but it was very nice. I think it was about $7 per vehicle for the entry fee. The park ranger was very nice. We went up a little on the sunset vista trail, (we weren't able to stay til sunset ourselves but would love to come back and catch it around sunset. The little we climbed up had a very nice view. The park was clean. We had to use a portapotty, which I was dreading, but surprisingly it was very clean and nicer and bigger than I had envisioned it would be inside. They had a children's trail there, so I am hoping to come back and visit with my younger children. So although we weren't there for very long, we had a nice time and hope to make it back for a longer visit.
Hunter trail is awesome! Took my dog up to the saddle, and it's an amazing view! Be warned: it is steep. They call it a difficult hike for a reason. Take water, take breaks, and enjoy the scenery!
Nice desert Campground. The greeting ranger was exceptional with Information, Efficiency and friendliness. Would probably have given this a five if it were not for the bathroom cleaning policy. A note on the door says the bathroom is closed from 10 until 12 for cleaning, use second building. Second building says bathroom is closed from 10 to 12, use second building. There are only two buildings. Could they stagger the times or at least not say "closed" We used the bathroom during the posted close time and didn't have any issues. Just made us uncomfortable as we like to follow Park rules.
We were looking for a place to stargaze. This park is super dark at night and perfect for looking at the Milky Way! It had Pavilions with nice gentle lighting closer to the entrance of the park.
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