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blueBlack Sunset Vista Trail

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Trail

2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,089' 332 m
Descent: -154' -47 m
High: 2,806' 855 m
Low: 1,871' 570 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

An open desert trail up the historic Picacho Peak.

Chad Dailey

Features Wildflowers

Trails are closed sunset to sunrise. Park is closed 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Entrance fee of $7 or AZ state park pass.

Description

From the trailhead, the first couple miles are easy to moderate before it becomes difficult to the peak. The trail travels along the south side of the park. Cables are provided on the bare sections for your safety but know your limits before tackling this trek.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are seasonal.

Contacts

Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

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Apr 14, 2019
Nicho Cusack
Great day with cool breeze. Very popular today. 4mi — 3h 00m
Mar 31, 2019
D Wilson
6.8mi
Mar 10, 2019
Norman Nielssen
Difficult & challenging - but magnificent - hike. One of our hikers (Jen) needed slow pace and many rest stops, thus 47 minutes per mile. 4.8mi — 3h 47m
Dec 2, 2018
Scott Huizenga
Dec 1, 2018
Luke W
Fun 7.1mi
Aug 26, 2018
Sam Wisher
Mar 25, 2018
Jacob Grendahl
Moderate to difficult. Sketchy chains on the way down. Exposed. 6mi
Mar 5, 2018
TIMOTHY Williams
7mi

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Great hike but significant exposure to injury. I did this hike in January 2018 and really enjoyed the hike. Don't take your dog. They won't be able to climb the steep ladders or the very steep rock inclines. If you go up the Sunset Vista trail, starting at the north end of the park, that is the most gradual climb. Going up the shorter Hunter Trail is very steep. Doing this in a loop, going up Sunset Vista and down the Hunter trail and then the 1 mile walk back on the park road to the starting point, makes it an 8 mile loop. In the worst sections there are ladders or cables to hold on to. Even so there are plenty of sections w/o cables where it is easy to slip and fall 5-20 feet down and injure yourself. Also scrambling over the igneous rocks make it easy to slip, especially if there is light rain. I compare this hike to Angels Landing in Zion. However I found Angels Landing to be less exposed to short falls therefore less likely to injury. Apr 27, 2018

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