Ascent of Picacho Hill on 2023-01-12

Climber: Eli Boardman

Date:Thursday, January 12, 2023
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Picacho Hill
    Elevation:771 ft / 235 m

Ascent Trip Report

Many options on this convoluted peak. Here are the 2 we used, no guide needed, no adverse signage (or signs of any sort for that matter!) in January '23.

Leave main road (on foot) at 16.4178, -86.3158, as described by Brett Mickelson. Follow steep dirt road past blue-roofed house, then abandoned side-road beginning at 16.4159, -86.3142 to end at 16.4129, -86.3143. Bushwhack/contour northeast (climber's left) a hundred yards through a slight saddle (relatively open) and find/cross barbed-wire fence. A "trail" ascends north towards the summit directly along the east side of this fence. The first two bumps (close together) seem to be a false summit, but have good views west. The true summit could be the third bump (heavily forested) at 16.4140, -86.3123, or the fourth bump (rocky with views east) at 16.4152, -86.3118.

From the rocky eastern summit, a much better trail descends northeast. Various side trails split off to ?, but the first turn (while descending) delivers one quickly to the top of a (failed?) development with eroded lots and dirt roads (not shown in current Google imagery), ultimately connecting to the main road at 16.4200, -86.3154 via the Diamond Rock Resort gate (unclear if operational). Our descent route, while much less bushwhacky and perhaps easier, would be nigh-impossible to figure out on the ascent. Maybe there is another way...

Good luck with the vines and razor grass. Is this even the highest peak on Roatan? You decide!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Route:ridge trail loop from northwest
Descent Statistics

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