Oy, the heat almost killed us, but three Coloradans took the Sunset Trail to the summit of Picacho, then looped over the saddle to UN 3161 which has a divine little knife edge and summit scramble...then we staggered back through the heat to the car. What a wonderful day! Partner: Candace & Dave.
Love the use of unnatural anchored wire and planks. Awesome
End of September, a little hot but not too bad. Just before the busy season. Nice hike, right off the highway.
I was a leader of a Girl Scout troop back then, and got them all the to the top of this fun little mountain.. along with my dog, which everyone said was impossible!
Hiked this with my 49-year-old mother, but after being low on energy at the start we did fine. Strongly recommend gloves, shoes with good traction, and enough water (we had all three). This would be a toughie without the cables there, but because they're there this is really no trickier a climb than Camelback.
Nice views from the top, all the way to Lemmon, Graham, Wrightson and Babo...I also did the 5-minute easy side trip to the other "horn" of the summit block. I'm sure I'll be back!
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!
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.
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.
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....
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
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.
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.
Hiked/ran up this little peak with Josh one evening. Pretty fun.
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.