My buddy John and I met at the trailhead around 12:30pm... bit of a late start but we were last minute in planning the day hike. I have always driven past Picacho Peak on the 10 but never stopped for a proper hike and visit. Two cars in the parking lot, it seems more people use the Hunter Trail for the sake of summitting quickly. We didn’t see a single person until we reached the intersection of the Hunter and Sunset Vista trails. Lots of cacti in bloom this day but most of the common yellow brittle bush had dried out as the region hasn’t seen rain in a few weeks. The first climb up to the intersection of the two trails was tough and the loose rock made the trail a bit tougher to move quickly on however, the second to final cable push took it out of me and I ran out of my wind. Took a five minute rest and then pushed for the saddle. He cables were warm but not too hot, if hiking in the heat I would bring a pair of gloves for holding the cables. Hit the summit and then quickly left when some folks showed up with a loud speaker system. The hike back to the parking lot was quick but damn! You keep thinking the lot is around that next corner
Wildflowers ObservationModerate The cacti were the only plants in serious bloom up there today... barrel, saguaro, ocotillo to name a few. Some brittle is but most of it has dried out.