had a nice hike up Picacho Pk with my girlfriend and dog. Since the pup got scared on the cables, I actually put him into my pack and carried him to the summit. It was getting warm by the end of the day!
Climbed as a kid with my dad & family in 1960's, and
returned with my kids after a few decades. Took the
south side trail for old times sake.
Picacho Pk is a very fun hike on such a prominant mountain. It took an hour to the summit on the Hunter Trail. I then went over to the NW summit of Picacho, after getting back to the saddle, I went over to Pt 3,161. I climbed the Pk the Saturday before Easter Sunday, and it was a zoo. Pt 3,161 provided relief from the crowds that I encountered on the way down from the summit.
It's crazy to see mountains that still have cables on them. Sometimes Americans are more Euro than we think huh? Cool looking mountain though
The Euro's are doing it more an more these days, they are building new 'Via Ferrato's' each year. It could be a cool way to check out the Dolomites or other areas once we make it over there....
The cables actually date from about 50+ years ago when there was an old tower of some sort on top (light beacon?). Workers needed a safer way to the top. I have not been to Europe and cannot compare their V.F. routes to this, but I'd guess their cabling is a bit better thought out than here. In many parts of this climb the cabling and other metal apparati can be more a hindrance than a help. I don't know of any AZ peak that has been cabled for the sake of ease in the v.f. sense.
Couple of F-15s gave us a fly-by while we were eating lunch up top.
A very fun short hike. The cables keep the exposure to a minimum making this enjoyable rather than scary. From a distance this is a very imposing looking pinnacle.
Yes, a little exposure involved near the top. Great views
of the north Tucson area. I saw a black dog on the summit.
Nice climb...kinda like the "squaw peak" of Tucson...even though it's 30 minutes north. Quite crowded, even the day after Thanksgiving. Weatherwise, VERY NICE day...didn't even touch the 2 liters I brought up...would expect that to be much different in the Summer. Went with my 2 great friends and 6 of their young boys...on the way down, one of the 8 y/o's fell, rolled down a steep portion then fell about 10 feet. Despite this tremendous fall, he only had a deep gash above his eye. My God, it could have been tremendously worse. I carried him the last 1/2 mile or so and the paramedics were waiting by the time we arrived. They decided to fly him back to Tucson as a precaution....scary times. The boy recieved 20 stitches and some cuts and scrapes...be careful out there with your little ones.
Climbed this 3 times while living in Tucson. I'm unsure as to exact dates, but somewhere between 1998-2006. I think the first summit was in the spring of 1998 when my folks came to visit.
Fun hike up and the state park below has free $12 hot showers! just watch out for the high nitrate levels due to ground water contamination. Aahhhhhhhhh
Climbed via the Hunter Trail. It was fun, and the cables minimized the exposure some. Still pretty steep in sections. Would definately do it again.
Great little climb. The cables are fun (though they may intimidate some). Took my wife up it in 2005, a good "first mountain" for her.
Hiked the hunter trail with my cousins, fun hike. the cables were more in the way than helpful at some points, but most of the time they were nice to have. good views from the top.
Whisked up the landmark peak in just 45 minutes, trailhead to top. Muchas gracias to all those who advised wearing gloves for the cables; even with gloves, they can be rough on the hands. Next visit, Picacho's neighbor-across-the-street: Newman Peak.
Climb with Katherine
Hiked up Picacho, its lower neighbor to the northwest, and Peak 3161. The cables on the trail to Picacho aren't necessary, but they certainly make the route a lot safer, and they make the peak accessible to people who could otherwise not climb it (which may or may not be a good thing). Peak 3161, with its lack of cables on the route, and lack of visitors, had a much less urban feel to it. There was a summit register on 3161, and I added a much-needed sheet of paper (the back of a topozone map).
Great short hike with amazing views from the summit! I loved using the cables. It made me feel like a real mountaineer.
This is a great hike for all of us who've driven right past Picacho umpteen times on the Phoenix-Tucson I-10 trip and said, "What a cool peak! I should really climb that!" Well, yes, you should! And amaze your friends, since most of the time from the highway it appears to be as steep and otherworldly as Devil's Tower!
You'll be much happier if you have gloves to handle the cables with, and just be psychologically prepared to reach the saddle and then lose LOTS of the altitude that you've just gained. A great rugged but doable way to spend a (winter!) day.