Hunter Trail is the summit path of choice for most people looking to see the view from Picacho Peak. If you're ready to tackle the technical difficulty of the peak, it's easy to see why this hike draws hikers from the world over. In season, the wildflowers near the base of the mountain spread out like a carpet when viewed from above. The steep elevation gains allow you to see for miles from the top of the peak. Combine gorgeous views with a unique and challenging climb and you have a recipe for an unforgettable hike!
If you're not looking to go all the way through the steep cable sections, there's still a gorgeous view to be had. The saddle area of the climb (about halfway to the peak) offers a bit of respite. You can rest on the benches and read an informative plaque on the history of the trail and the area. This area is a great compromise for hikers; it doesn't take you all the way to the top, but it offers good views and an invigorating hike just the same. This halfway point is pupular with dog owners.
For your dog's safety, keep them on leash during this hike. The terrain is steep, and far from main roads. The area is also popular with cyclists and, to a lesser extent, off road vehicles. Keeping your dog close will prevent accidents.
Hunter Trail offers a beautiful hike to anyone looking for a challenge!