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
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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