Ascent of Picacho Peak on 2010-11-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Picacho Peak
    Elevation:3370 ft / 1027 m

Ascent Trip Report

This 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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