|2,061 ft AEG|
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|This was a hike to two peaks that I have never bagged before:|
1) Turd Hill
2) Picacho Peak
They say that if you are feeling down in the dumps and want to wipe the blues away, a hike to Turd Hill will be just what the doctor ordered, and I certainly can't disagree!
I hiked up to Turd Hill first. I crossed a railroad track, crossed underneath a fence, and then walked through open country on the desert floor to the peak. It was a bit of a scramble to get up to the summit, but it was fun. There were 3 black vultures sitting on the summit, and they didn't seem to want to leave, but they eventually did.
I saw some reports from 8 years ago where people complained about bees at the summit, but I did not encounter any today. Of course I was there early on a breezy morning with temperatures in the low to mid 40's, so if any bees were around they likely would not have been active anyway.
After hiking Turd, I drove across I-10 to the state park and hiked up the Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak. I enjoyed the portion of the hike from the saddle up to the summit better than the lower part, at least on the way up.
This one was easier than I thought that it would be, although a couple of places were a bit sketchy, even with the cables.
I enjoyed doing this combo, and I might do it again sometime.
Stats for the 2 hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the two
Turd: 2.73 miles with 174 feet of AEG
Picacho: 3.44 miles with 1,887 feet of AEG
||Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There were LOTS of nice poppies in the area around the trailhead, but there wasn't much else.
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|