Picacho Peak-not for the weak!

Holy Cow!  This hike was one for the memory book-rated difficult, and lived up to it. Worth the drive, the effort, and the challenging rock…

No pikachus on Picacho.

Started at 815am, short but STEEP! The cables were crazy, definitely bring gloves with rubber grip and lots of water. I drank ~2.5L and took…

Southwest Jungle Gym

Started at 8:15, back to the truck by 11:00am. Beautiful blue sky, not too crowded. The trail is steep, rugged, and technical. Much of the…

High Wires

Warm 80’s and a bright sunny day up to the top of Picacho. Gloves were a big help on the cable lines. Grind up the…

Picacho Peak revisited…

Revisited Picacho for a nice invigorating vertical climb to get ready for the Superstition’s Ridgeline! Nice warm, Sunny day with temps getting into to the…

Picacho Peak

Loved the cables, made the impossible possible!

Picacho

Very challenging hike, but absolutely loved it! Fabulous weather!

Picacho Peak

We had a blast hiking this trail.  It was such a welcome change with all of the different areas with the cables.  There was a…

PPP Picture Picacho Peak

One of our favorite hikes that we discovered because of the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge!  Loved that you kicked off the hike right away with…

Picacho

Loved hiking with cables!!!!

Gloveless home 🤷‍♀️

Feeling a little sore after double peaks yesterday. This trail was one of my favorites so far. I neglected to do the research. Would have…

Presidents Day at Picacho

The sun was out and the weather was good. It was sunny but not too hot. Although the flowers weren’t in full bloom yet there…

Picacho Pain

Third time on this. Still hard, but fun!

Precarious Picacho

Another gorgeous day for a hike! The desert wildflowers were in bloom and plenty of seasoned Picacho hikers were out. Some guys were going up…

Pikachu? Picacho? Pinocchio?

Steep and technical was fun. But definitely should have looked it up so mentally I had a better idea what I was going for. Glad…

Birthday Hike

I hear when you hit a certain age, it’s all downhill after that. So for my birthday I decided to climb up a mountain instead.…

Amazing hike at Picacho!

So cool this was!  Felt so thrilled to make this climb!  The cables helped along the way when needed!  The day was gorgeous not too…

My Mom’s Nightmare

My mom always tells me to stay away from cliff edges, so I typically do not tell her about a hike until it is completed.…

Picacho up and up

This was a challenge as it starts uphill from the get go. The views are phenomenal.

Picacho Peak

Challenging hike, cables were an experience. Read up on hike before doing so, gloves were a must. Beautiful day, beautiful views! Did not disappoint.

Tale of two hikes

First time hiking – excellent trail.  Longer than all trails suggests (2.7 in all trails – closer to 4 out and back) so plan appropriately.…

Picacho Peak

I love this hike. I was a little bummed when I got to the saddle and discovered I had to go back down to go…

Picacho Peak

Big hike group with friends! Most of us were first-timers. Thankfully we had a few who helped us navigate each phase. Loved, loved this hike!!…

Picacho Peak

Hiked up the Hunter Trail to the summit of Picacho peak– as always, such a fun and unique hike.  The views from even the saddle…

Picacho Cloudy Peak

Cloudy day and with few breaks which made you absorb the true beauty of this trail.  Crews were working hard on the trails making them…

Picacho Peak with Jim and Yani

Hiked up to Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail and then came down via Sunset Vista Trail and walked from Sunset Trailhead back to Hunter Trailhead…

Let’s Get This Party Started

Definitely wear gloves that have some traction/grip for the cables. Start early as is heavily trafficked mid morning.

Picacho peak the dream

What a great hike and something I had wanted to do for as long as I can remember. The trail was fun and the best…

Picacho

Nice hike. The back half was kinda sketchy in places. Overall good time.

Picacho Peak Peakatyou

It was a beautiful day.  A crisp breeze and plenty of fresh air.   The hike is exhilarating. A lot of fun scampering up and…

Crazy Cable Climb

This hike at the cables was a little outside my comfort zone but with a supportive group, made it up with ease….beautiful view.

Picacho Peak

I hiked up with a girlfriend who likes scrambling, like me. It was a very slow climb/hike to the summit, due to all of the…

Picacho

Trail is marked very well marked and maintained.  The Cable system is super fun!  I will do this many more times 🙂  

Picacho peak!

A super fun hike! 3rd time now and planning again soon.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

We had lot of fun doing this hike and the same time it was challenging. Well maintained and well marked trails with lot of challenging…

Picacho via Sunset Vista

My goal for the 2020 Six-Pack is to do each peak via a “new to me” route. For Picacho I decided to take the Sunset…

Not for the feint of heart

Started this hike about an hour after sunrise. Trail at this early time wasn’t too busy. Coming back was a different story as most of…

Mainah hikes Picacho Peak

Started this hike by walking from our campsite to Sunset Vista TH. Beautiful mid 60 degree day. Dry trail with great desert views. Just before…

Peaking Picacho

Picacho Peak. Jan 01, 2020 @ 1PM. Total Distance: 3.9 miles. Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft.  Peak #6 of the AZ Winter #sixpackofpeaks Challenge. Saved the…

Picacho Peak

Wowzers was this one tough!  Glad to have my son with me to encourage me in a spot where my fear was kicking in.

PICACHO IN THE WIND!

Cool and windy today, especially around the bowl, but the summit had far less wind and felt several degrees warmer. Great hike with great friends!

Able to use cable

Trail condition was good, but there was an area where the cables were under repair, so in that part the cables were not usable.  Just…

Under construction

I have hiked Picacho Peak many times.  This time parts of the trail were under construction.  The recent heavy rains washed out parts of the…

First of Six-Picacho Peak

Beautiful, sunny,  slightly-breezy, Sunday hike with these two amazing, energetic, and fearless friends👱🏻‍♀️👩🏼.🏃🏽‍♀️ Nice, easy trail until you get over the saddle, then you need…

Picacho

We chose a great day to go – the rain held off, but it was cool and cloudy so not a ton of traffic on…

Picacho

Went with the Boy Scout Troop, prepping for Philmont next summer.  Did the whole loop with the Summit.  Started from our camp site took the…

Getting an arm workout!

My first time hiking up Picacho Peak! Great weather made for a nice and enjoyable hike – super happy I remembered my gloves as they…

Picacho Peak

Great hike! The segments with the wire rope assist were challenging. Gloves are highly recommended for the ropes and rock scramble. We went mid-morning and…

Gnarly cables!!

This is a rad hike! If you can handle  heights and ledges this is a must do!  The park ranger at the gate convinced me…

Pokémon-Picacho

Amazing Arizona weather for the beautiful Picacho Peak ! Took about 2:45 from the hunter trail head and back. Would recommend gloves to use on…

Knee shaking ass kicker

For someone afraid of heights. This was a doozie. As part of the 6 pop I had to. Get er done. It was a beautiful…

I loved it and hated it.

Jeff Hester I think I hate you. LOL.  I’m joking of course but this was tough and unlike anything I’ve done before. So exellerating.  The…

Breezy at the Top

This hike is all Up. When u get to the saddle u have to go back down the other side to get to the Summit.…

The Big Rock

Why the title ‘The Big Rock’ you ask? I’ll say, because when I stepped out of my car, gazing at the landscape I was about…

Scouting the Trail

Camped in the State park with a troop of 10 boy scouts (including my son) and 3 other leaders.  This is my favorite winter hike…

Peakin’ Picacho

This was my first time conquering Picacho Peak, so I made sure to research beforehand. Trekking poles with gloves are strongly recommended and were a…

Eating the Frog on Picacho Peak

This was our first major hike of the season, and one that I was pretty anxious about. I figured if I “ate the frog” and…

Number 2 of 6

Number 2 of 6! @sixpackofpeaksarizona Gotta HIKE ‘EM ALL!!! I love to be creative & be different! Pikachu meets Picacho! interesting story to this place…

Picacho Peak

I found this hike to be one of the most enjoyable. It is not to long of a hike about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs…

Picacho Paradise

Incredible views in all direction from the summit! You feel like you can see all of central Arizona- Casa Grande, Phoenix, Marana and Tucson. Make…

Picacho Peak Was NUTS

Gnats were awful at peak, cables were intense, great trip to tucson to see friends!

Picacho Peak Early Sunday Morning

This was my second time hiking Picacho Peak and the cables seemed a little less scary this time. I was lucky to have my husband…

Picacho

Drove down from Phoenix to Picacho early Saturday morning. Picacho is challenging in certain parts, particularly when you head in and out of the saddle.…

3 of 6 Picacho Peak

Beautiful day for a hike!  Most of wildflowers have finished blooming and hedgehog cactus are now in bloom.  Hiked up Sunset, down Hunter and roadwalked…

Don’t look down

The hike was unforgettable.  Beautiful temperature that made it easy to stay cool.  I wasn’t wearing the right shoes so it was a bit slippery.…

Prancing up Picacho

Hunter Trail to the Picacho Summit starts off straight up… no warm up,  let’s get this heart started!!  I went up on a Tuesday around…

Pi-sketch-o Peak

Probably a tough hike for anybody with a fear of heights.  I was surprised at how risky the cableless section just after the saddle was…

Picacho

Day 3, Peak 5 of 6 on our weekend challenge. Scary, Scary, Scary

Picacho

Steep but a great view.   Don’t forget your gloves for the cables.

Picacho

Another great hike this weekend!

Pikachu

First time doing Picacho Peak and I plan to do it again in the near future! This is my favorite kind of hiking: steep, strategic…

Picacho Peak

Even if it wasnt the most difficult hike I have done,  Picacho Peak kicked my behind.  It could have been that it was my 3rd…

Southern Desert in Bloom

Arrived around 7am and found only one other car in the parking lot. We had a group of four adults. We didn’t encounter any other…

Peeking at poppies on Picacho

The State does a great job upkeeping this trail. There are still SO MANY cut throughs by hikers who don’t stay on the trails. We…

Another busy trail

This mountain is just so cool!  You can always spot it while driving down the I-10.  We started early to try and beat the sun…

Let’s do it again!

My hiking buddy, Stacy and I made it out to AZ again to take on Picacho Peak and Fremont Saddle. We loved them both but…

OH S**T

Holy S**T!!  All I have to say is thank goodness my hiking buddy, Christina Bennett, is always so prepared for our hikes.  She’s amazing because…

Sweaty Palms

I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty drained after this one… especially after the hand over hand back up on the way down (confusing I…

Picacho Peak

Great hike! Great friends! Great weather! Beautiful flowers! All around great day. 🙂

Super Fun

We had to take a day off work to find time to do this hike before our companion takes off for a long Europe trip.…

A beautiful hike up to Picacho Peak

This hike was absolutely beautiful! I originally started this challenge because I had driven past Picacho peak for work on countless occasions, telling myself, “it’d…

Pichaco

For me, this was the toughest peak yet. It was beautiful and exhilarating and HARD. Maybe it’s the full travel day with flight plans A,…

Oh the cables

First time on Picacho and it was fun but definately a challenging hike.  The weather was gorgeous and the wildflowers in bloom.  Couldn’t ask for…

Double Summit – Part 2!

We were feeling good after the Wasson Peak summit that morning and still had the whole day ahead of us, so we decided to go…

Picacho Peak – So many flowers!

Picacho is always so much fun! There were wildflowers most of the way to the saddle. Then from the top you could see the carpets…

Picacho Peak will never the same!

This hike is rough. Definitely hardest of the hikes so far. This hike started earlier than the others at 4am. Well for me and my…

Picacho

Lots of tourists with small children, creating bottlenecks at the steep inclines. Other than that, pretty pleasurable

Pikachu Peak

Wow! An amazing trail this morning! We took the “long way” to see the wildflowers and enjoy the view. Butterflies all over!  The cabling wasn’t…

Picacho

It was fun but was the hardest one yet.

Up one side Down the Other

Very challenging path to the summit. The 2 mile hike was beautiful. Saguaros everywhere with blooming wild flowers. Encouragement from other hikers helped me overcome…

Picacho Peak with my big girl

Absolutely beautiful hike. So many wild flowers. Everything was so green also. Stunning 360 views. Just breathtaking. Not for those who are scared of heights…

Gloves on Steel up Picacho

Due to the weather forecast of the waters of March descending on southern California for the weekend, I made the decision to hike up Picacho…

Picacho Peak

Very challenging hike but the payoff is worth it!

Picacho

What a fun hike. At the trailhead 8 a.m.Patches of snow visible within a mile. Lots of steps (iced over, so be careful). Cables we…

I choose you Picacho!

If you like tough hikes that are a little bit different than the norm, this is possibly the best hike on this hiking list. We…

Early Super Moon Hike

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.…

Crickets, Cables and Christopher

I was worried about the chilly temps but it ended up being perfect conditions for a challenging but enjoyable hike.  A magical blend of wildflowers,…

Stunning Picacho Peak Hike

This was our second hike of the day after doing an early morning hike of Wasson Peak.  Since we made the drive from Phoenix my…

Picachu Peak

2nd hike of the day, the first being Wasson Peak. Wanted to get both out in one day while we we’re down in Tucson. Hard…

Picacho

Weather was beautiful! People on the trail were helpful and very nice. Longest part of the hike was waiting for people to pass through cable…

Picacho a Precipe for Highwire Antics

Alee and I bagged our first peak of the challenge, Picacho Peak about 1.5 hours outside of Phoenix off the I-10.This peak is straight up…

Adrenaline Rush!

Ok, so this one was insane! The first half was steady up, up, up and then when you got to the saddle, you went around…

Perfect day at Picacho

I drove down from the valley this morning and was welcomed by a crisp morning. Clear blue skies and small crowds made the hike pleasant…

Picacho Peak

Great hike and challenging. Not for new hikers.

Oh Em Gee!

This was such a fun hike with an AMAZING view from the summit! Pictures don’t do it justice. Definitely recommend this climb!