|Peak Summited||2021 Picacho Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐨 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐤! – “𝐈𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞, 𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛?” – 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
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!