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Picacho Peak – Is it a hike or is it a climb? πŸ˜‚

Peak Summited2021 Picacho Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadHunter Trail
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
𝐏𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐜𝐑𝐨 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐀! – “𝐈𝐬 𝐒𝐭 𝐚 𝐑𝐒𝐀𝐞, 𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐬 𝐒𝐭 𝐚 𝐜π₯𝐒𝐦𝐛?” – Not for those with fears of heights.

3 miles up and back (from the parking lot, including off-trail)
1:25 up, 1:13 down (2:38 total – including a detour for pictures 😁)
2147 ft. elevation gain
11,359 steps
13% avg. grade, 48% max grade (185% according to alltrails, which uses smaller areas of measurement for it's gradient measurements)

Not a challenging hike, but a ‘technical' one. Less of a scramble than Flatiron, but that's mostly due to the fact that they take care of this trail and it has a series of steel cables to assist you with the climbing.

It has some very nice views, but really, its the “OH MY GOODNESS THAT WAS SO COOL” feeling that you get after finish another cable section that made this such a fun trail. The trail is ‘doable,' but this is definitely one where it would seem wiser to take time and think about where you're putting your feet – especially during the climbing sections.

I'll admit, in the last climb back up to the saddle, I found myself using two hands on one steel cable, leaning back (a little) and pulling myself up the rock face.
Loved the trail, and would love to hike it with friends again someday! Until then, here's the photo dump!

Trail 5/6 complete! One more to go!

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