This was the busiest I’ve ever seen Picacho by far. The cars were lined all around the park. My 13 minutes of break was involuntary as I had a wait for 38 people to come down the cables before I could go up. All the puppies are gone. Weather was perfect with a light breeze. I just love this hike!
The entire range is as green as I have ever seen it. Lupine and Gold Poppies are in abundance especially on the I-10 side of the mountain. Isabella and I spent the night at the Santa Rita Lodge and I though this one would be fun to catch on the way home. It was only her second hike so I made sure we took it slow and that she didn't get overwhelmed to quickly. The good news is that even though she didn't think she could do it she never gave up. Kudos to her for that and afterwards it was straight to Dairy Queen for some Cherry Dipped cones.
Surprisingly, Daniela had never been to Picacho before, so we made that happen today. Got started just after 8:30, finished just before noon. Saw a handful of people, including some who thought they'd be able to get their large dog to the top. I let them go on their merry way. Cool & breezy to start, but warm by the time we finished. Daniela really liked this one, and I find it enjoyable enough to do once a year or so.
Denny and I wanted to get out and have a hike together. I mentioned that I had never hiked any of the trails down here and suggested that as a possibility. That was good enough for him. Denny suggested options and we agreed to hike up Hunter, down Sunset Vista and walk the road back to the car for a loop. That was perfect. We hiked the Nature Trail afterwards so Denny could wrap up the remaining trail on his to do list.
On the way down, we ran into JJ. He was on his way south for a haircut and stopped along the way for some exercise. We didn't see anyone on the way up. We saw four in the upper sections on the way down, then JJ, then a couple dozen when we reached the lower desert section.
We thought for sure JJ would catch us on the way down but we had almost made it back to the parking lot when he drove past on his way out.
Great day. Thanks for joining me on this one, Denny. I had a great time, as always!
Wildflowers ObservationIsolated The poppies are starting early.
Ray had not done Picacho before so it was time . He was nice enough to drive and leave early . Thanks. Early is the key to avoid traffic jams at the cables. We hit the trail about 7am and didn’t see anyone until on our way down. We decided to go up Hunter and down Sunset Vista to give Ray a good feel of the Park. We saw JJ on our way down. He was doing a quick hike befor running to Mexico. There were a few Poppies out today and the weather was great! Good times! Thanks Ray. Like Haz , you rock!
After passing it by a few times heading south to go caving, I finally got to check out this iconic hike. Had no idea what to expect and was imagining a Picketpost feel but it turns out that this was nothing like that. I loved the climbing to the top and the exposure. Was a bit chilly and lots of hot and cold on this hike based on how the wind was blowing through the rocks- one minute I was feeling toasty then the next the wind was whipping through and freezing.
Turned this into a loop with a car at each parking lot and headed up the Hunter trail and then down through the Sunset Vista trail. Loved seeing the colors from the top- yellows and pinks and greens and blues. Definitely a fun hike and of course checked out the gift shop on the way down. It's my goal to collect a magnet from every place I visit that sells them!!
Picacho is always a worthy destination. Weather made this one very interesting. We were fortunate to get down below the cables before the sky opened up. Luckily the heavy rain only lasted a few minutes. Great hike. Thanks Mr Jaime!
A break in temperature and a house full of tile guys had me heading down to Picacho Peak again. Little muggy on the way up but overall quite pleasant. The summit was full of gnats so I didn't stay long. Cherry Dipped Cone afterwards!
Had to get out of Dodge for a bit to clear my head while they leveled the floor at my house. The Trail was in better than expected condition after all the recent rains. A little bit of wash out here and there but overall in great shape. The Ocotillo’s were very green and some purple flowers were spotted at the base of the first cable climb.
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