At a Glance –
Location: Picacho, Arizona
Length: 2.7 miles
Elevation: 2,014 feet
Parking: looped road with limited spots, mostly parallel parking along the side
Cost: $7 per car
(above stats gathered from AllTrails)

Ah, okay! I love talking about Picacho Peak because it's just so fun, unique, and not too many seem to know about it – Which is a crime. I'm adding this hike as one of my top three favorites because I had such a great time.

First of all, don't be fooled by the fact that this hike is less than 3 miles. Let me tell you, this one kicked my ass more than Flatiron and Picketpost combined. I was dying, but it was worth every tired step.

Here's the deal, Picacho is incredibly steep, so they installed cables in several spots to help you not die. I highly do not recommend having short legs for this one. Unfortunately, short legs were all I had available to me during this particular adventure, so I had to make due. But if I can do it, you have zero excuses!

In addition to the cables, there's even a plank drilled into the side of the mountain at one point that you have to step across. Because of the cables, again, I would recommend gloves. And maybe periodic 10-minute naps throughout the hike to keep your refreshed too!

Picacho definitely gets crowded, and parking can be a complete pain on the weekends. But the unique experience is well worth it. Once you get to the top, you get a view that just goes on for miles.

By happenstance really, I tackled this hike at the start of spring just after we had been hit with some good rain. As a result, everything was green and blossoming. I could tell it was the perfect time to go even as I was pulling up because the entire mountain was the brightest green. Once I reached the top, I was rewarded with a breathtaking view of patches of flowers in the distance – Fields of green, yellow, and orange.

I couldn't tell you how this area looks during the rest of the year, but the seclusion of this hike, I have no doubt that the view from the top will be incredible regardless.

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Absolutely loved the challenge of Picacho! Definitely was more of a workout than I had anticipated, but the views were worth every minute. Unrelated -- Also, in an attempt to get @fourpeaksbrew to love me back, I did accomplish this adventure while wearing their shirt. My spin on the modern day equivalent of holding up a boombox outside their window (although, I'm open to trying that too #trueloveconquersall). Because what's a good hike without beer after...? 🍻🤣. . . . . . . #explorearizona #visitarizona #arizonacollective #hikeaz #arizonahiking #az365 #igsouthwest #beon12 #igersphx #exploreaz #oh_arizona #arizonahighways #see_arizona #instagramaz #arizona_landscapes #cbs5az #igersaz #arizonahikersguide #ig_arizona #abc15 #weownthenight_az #myphx #arizonalife #arizona

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The views from the top of Picacho Peak this time of year are spectacular! I couldn't believe how green everything was and the wild flowers added bursts of color everywhere. If you haven't hiked this one yet, I highly recommend it! You won't be disappointed and you won't soon forget it. This is the last pic from this hike that I'll be sharing. I'll be posting a new adventure tomorrow and you won't want to miss it (it's pretty cool)!! . . . . . . #visitarizona #arizonacollective #explorearizona #az365 #arizonahiking #beon12 #hikeaz #igersphx #instagramaz #igsouthwest #see_arizona #cbs5az #arizonahighways #ig_arizona #arizona_landscapes #myphx #abc15 #igersaz #exploreaz #arizonahikersguide #igerstucson #arizonalife #azgrammers #oh_arizona #igersarizona #azfamily #azculture #azcentral #divine_deserts #weownthenight_az

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