Early Super Moon Hike

Peak SummitedPicacho Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSunset Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

The Picacho peak hike was fantastic. We had hiked this in the heat of June so the winter late day hike was an amazing difference. The temperature was mid 50's with a partly cloudy sky.

As seems to be our latest style we made this a late afternoon hike by getting to the trailhead about 3:45 pm. We had our headlamps just in case. This time of day ended up being just perfect for us. We made it to the top in time for us to see the start of the gorgeous sunset and then make it back down below all the cable climbs before it became “dark”. I emphasize “dark” because we also happened to catch a clearing sky with the almost super snow moon. We walked the last 1.75 miles totally by moonlight. No headlamps required. It was amazingly tranquil. the trails officially close at sunset, oops. No harm. The $7 day pass allows you to stay til 10 pm well worth a day at this park.

What makes this such an enjoyable hike is the length and elevation.  It is just right for a quick out and back. The need to use your arms on the cables makes for great variety and the steep drop offs add some exhilarating overlooks.

Great time of year with moderate use, blooming flowers and great temperatures.  This is quickly becoming one of our favorite hikes.


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