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Pinche Picacho

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

This trail was the most challenging I’ve done. It was difficult, for me, lung capacity – wise just getting to the saddle, I rested several times. (I am in decent shape, but have E.I.asthma). After the saddle, when I turned the corner, I almost said- “eff this”. But kept going, rested while waiting for people to finish dragging themselves up the stair kinda things on their way out. It got interesting with all the cables- very challenging in parts but also fun! I got to the  very steep almost vertical area and again almost said – eff this- cause I wasn’t sure how to get up it, and I sure wasn’t sure how I’d get back down, but then a group came and I was able to watch them descend at least. So I ascended, it wasn’t really as difficult as it looked like it would be. It felt like the top would NEVER COME and I cried, for real, cause I was just over it. It was cold, and WINDY AF.  But I made it. And, I made it down. There were several areas where I was worried about how i’d get back down, but the cables really made it a non issue. I did slip once not at a cable area, and fortunately fell backwards, just back up the trail and my pack helped avoid damage. I did this hike solo. I feel no need to ever do it again, but if I did, I’d probably want to have a buddy, Justin Case.  It was thrilling  and  awful at the same time. I started late, after noon, so the whole way to the saddle was in the shade.  60s temps.  Gloves for sure helped.

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