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Ascent of Picacho Peak on 2011-02-28

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Monday, February 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Picacho Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3370 ft / 1027 m

Ascent Trip Report

Picacho Peak is fun and is easily accessible. From I-10 take Exit 219 and enter the Picacho State Park. We camped there for $25/nt and it has electric hookups and great showers. Once inside the park take the Barrett Loop road and park at the upper end near the signed Hunter Trail. This trail is well marked and kind of steep up to a saddle at 2960 ft. From the saddle the trail gets steeper and requires some scrambling. There are some cables placed in the steepest areas to assist the hiker. The trail drops about 250 ft from the saddle and then traverses the south side of the mountain before heading up to the summit. Some of these scrambling areas are Class 3. Is it still Class 3 if there are cables to help you up and down the route? My guess is that it is still Class 3 because a rope on Class 5 doesn’t make the route easier, just safer. Great views from the summit. This is a very popular climb and I saw about 15 other climbers on the route on a Tuesday morning. It took me 3 hours to complete the hike.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1916 ft / 584 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:Hunter Trail
    Trailhead:1454 ft / 443 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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