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Picacho Peak Road from Hunter TH, AZ
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Picacho Peak Road from Hunter TH, AZ 
Picacho Peak Road from Hunter TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
tibber
Hiking1.76 Miles 76 AEG
Hiking1.76 Miles   1 Hour      2.35 mph
76 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After finishing off the Sunset Vista and Hunter Trails, there was only one way back to the campground and that was to hike. But that was okay with me as I had seen some lovely flower displays alongside the road coming in. So I headed on down the Barrett Loop taking pictures and movies. As I got around toward the bottom of the loop I ran into the 3 folks (fellow HAZers) I had met up at the saddle. We talked for a bit but then I heard a beer calling my name ;) and politely excused myself plus it was a little warm by this time.

After a bathroom break I continued my hike to Picacho Peak Road thinking I would have to hike on the road but to my delight, there is a trail :D . So I headed west and continued admiring the scenery including the flowers and the mountains on both sides of me... well Newman Peak is across the way. And occasionally I would hear the trains and try to zero in on them. Various cars would stop on the road and someone would jump out and go over to get a picture. Normally that would be me but today I was hiking toward the campground. I had no idea how far it was though Trish thot about a mile. It didn't matter, I was enjoying the scenery anyway.

The sun would tuck behind some clouds now and again so I enjoyed that time the most. It was breezy today which is great for hiking but not so much for taking movies. An hour later I was entering the main campground looking forward to getting that beer and a snack. I didn't want to spoil my dinner so I really didn't have a lunch.

Everyone was at the campground now, the others had returned via the Vista Trail. After some conversation and snacks, it was time to finally start dinner. Trish had some freshly made up Brats and everyone else had brot sides. Once that and the beer were safely in my belly :) , the sun started to set so I went and got some more pictures and movies. It was a lovely evening once that sun started going down and into the evening.

The video: https://youtu.be/5SuEW...
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