|Peak Summited||Picacho Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail 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.