Ascent of Picacho Peak on 2010-11-27
|Date:||Saturday, November 27, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3370 ft / 1027 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis peak calls out to every peakbagger who takes I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson. I finally decided to do it, and am glad I did - Despite the short distance and relatively small elevation gain, this peak has some challenge to it, thanks to the steepness.
The "trail" is exceedingly well marked with signs and some arrows painted on rocks. It starts out as a real trail, but once it crosses the divide, and you lose 230 feet quickly, it gets "interesting" as there are cables. While they may be intended for support, in places they get in the way of using the rock, and therefore must be used as a primary. Even with them, sometimes because of them, this "trail" becomes a class 3 route in places.
I recommend hitting this trail during either an unpopular time or day, as the Saturday I did it (first thing), on my way back, I saw TONS of people, which would really slow one down at the pinch sections.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1840 ft / 561 m|
| Extra Gain:||230 ft / 70 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Hunter "trail"|
| Trailhead:||Hunter trailhead 1990 ft / 606 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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