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Picacho Peak hiking spots

By Kim Lasota

Picacho Peak State Park is home to Hunter Trail, located at Barrett Loop, about 30 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, west of Interstate 10.

This strenuous 4-mile roundtrip hike is surprising and breathtaking in more than one way-definitely not for inexperienced hikers, pets or children after the saddle, which is about half-way.

The trail stays consistently rugged and rocky from the saddle to the peak. Cables help with the "ropeless" rock-climbing that is necessary to reach the top. Gloves are recommended. Camping is allowed in the marked campgrounds. Spring brings a magnificent wildflower display.

Picacho is home to the most significant Civil War battle in Arizona-making it a historical point as well. An annual re-enactment in early March tells that story.

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Tucson Hiking Books

There are several good books about hiking around Tucson from amazon.com. These books serve as a good hiking guide with trail information, maps and even GPS coordinates.

Betty Leavengood (Author). Hiking guide to the Tucson, Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rita Mountains completely revised. Betty Leavengood's third edition of her bestselling Tucson Hiking Guide offers new routes and updated access information, detailed maps, and clear descriptions to area trailheads. Includes: 37 hikes rated easy to difficult by mountain range; revised information on precautions for desert hiking; historical notes, photographs, and anecdotes; and detailed maps and descriptions with elevation/distance. Paperback: 212 pages. Publisher: Pruett Publishing; 3rd edition (September 1, 2004).

Look inside! Best Easy Day Hikes Tucson includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow hikes in and around Tucson, Arizona. Discover a region of diverse scenery and natural splendors— including a beautiful cactus forest; the Sendero Esperanza Trail, a classic example of the Sonoran Desert’s lush vegetation; and the famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Mile-by-mile directions and clear trail maps. Trail Finder for best hikes with children, dogs, or great views. GPS coordinates. Paperback: 96 pages. Publisher: Falcon; First edition (October 14, 2009).

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