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Picacho Peak. Only thing missing… Summit Beer

Peak Summited2021 Picacho Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadHunters Trailhead
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

So happy to have finally achieved this summit!  The experience was just as described in all the readings I found within the Social Hiker community, AllTrails, and Google. I went into it feeling very prepared.

I live on the far north side Phoenix but it only took about 1:30:00 to get down to the trail. Departed house around 0430 and stepped on to the trail at about 0610. Round trip it took me 2:55:00. The weather was a perfect 60-70 degrees so going first thing in the morning was a great idea! Though I almost didn’t drag myself out of bed this morning 🙂 The trail itself is well marked, so well I was actually impressed. I read so much in advance because I was concerned about wandering off, but I’ve now come to realized all the details I read were great… just caused me to overthink. The hike is definitely strenuous. Quite the elevation gain over a short distance. Having gloves (per recommendation) made the cable portions more manageable.

I definitely recommend the hike to any advanced hiker, a moderate hiker ready to take on the next challenge, and a healthy/fit novice hiker that has an experienced hiking companion along side. Stunning views the entire hike! Use caution and remember 3 points of contact (truth be told there were times I may have had 5, booty dragging and crab walking). Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the view.

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