Ascent of Picacho Peak on 2011-02-28
|Date:||Monday, February 28, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3370 ft / 1027 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPicacho Peak is fun and is easily accessible. From I-10 take Exit 219 and enter the Picacho State Park. We camped there for $25/nt and it has electric hookups and great showers. Once inside the park take the Barrett Loop road and park at the upper end near the signed Hunter Trail. This trail is well marked and kind of steep up to a saddle at 2960 ft. From the saddle the trail gets steeper and requires some scrambling. There are some cables placed in the steepest areas to assist the hiker. The trail drops about 250 ft from the saddle and then traverses the south side of the mountain before heading up to the summit. Some of these scrambling areas are Class 3. Is it still Class 3 if there are cables to help you up and down the route? My guess is that it is still Class 3 because a rope on Class 5 doesn’t make the route easier, just safer. Great views from the summit. This is a very popular climb and I saw about 15 other climbers on the route on a Tuesday morning. It took me 3 hours to complete the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1916 ft / 584 m|
| Distance:||3.2 mi / 5.1 km|
| Route:||Hunter Trail|
| Trailhead:||1454 ft / 443 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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