I left a register and enjoyed this solitary place for a while, then returned to my truck. Looking east to the Granite Hills – Treadway is the higher bump on the right. A challenging ascent of Picacho del Diablo, Baja California's elusive highest peak. Picacho – it’s a Spanish word, of course, like so many names here in the American southwest. An arrow-shaped stone atop the peak of Huayna Picchu appears to point due south, directly through the famous Intihuatana Stone, to Mount Salcantay, one of … Hike K17. Date of experience: December 2014. Our wash swings around the southern end of the Picacho Mountains and comes up to the side of the freeway, where it has already run 17 miles. Difficulty: roped aid climbing, class 5 There are several Picacho Peaks in several states! Marana, AZ. Corkscrew Peak — 2.14 MONTGOMERY PEAK — 1.4 Picacho Peak — 5.4 Tucki Mtn. Prior to climbing Picacho Peak, I searched it out on the internet as I always do (I like knowing what I’m getting myself into.). Another attractions: The cacti is always there. The route to the summit is steep and airy in places, but if you're careful, there's not much risk of a fall. Like most ranges in Arizona, my first experience with this one was a climb of the high point, back in 1988, and once that was done, I didn’t try anything else for many years. If you drive from Tucson to Phoenix, you drive right though them – most of them are out in the desert on the east side of the road, but a few sit right beside it to the west. One mile before this pumping station, another aqueduct branches off of the CAP and heads west. It seems I couldn’t stay away – I was having such a good time, Christmas Eve saw my return. The north Atalaya ridge to the east, summit at right: The biggest, meanest and famousest of them is Picacho Peak. However, it does have a very distinct profile. It’s quite something to be driving along in the flat, unpopulated desert and to come across this place. Peralta Trail. It sits astride Interstate-10, and its imposing profile makes it look like a technical mountain to climb for most mortals. In the next picture, see the dark cliff in shadow most of the way over to the right? addressone. Waaay out of my league. The route is tucked up under and overhanging cliff on smooth rock and descends about 150 feet, with cables assisting your descent in the trickier sections. I left a register on the true summit. The most common route up to the summit of Picacho Peak is Hunter Trail. Due to the uneven topography of Arizona, there are places where the water must be pumped uphill, and this is done by means of large pumping stations. On the way down, I met up with a huge mass of bees plastered to a rock – I think they were swarming, and had stopped there for the night. There are two routes to Picacho Peak. I suppose it could be argued that they aren’t even a part of the larger range, but they almost touch so I thought I’d consider them together. #1 - Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail. There are 2 more things of note in this group of peaks. We were not alone for sure on this partly cloudy and warm morning. 2 h 7 m. Note: Dogs are not permitted beyond the saddle area, which is about halfway to the final destination (peak). Continue straight north past the sign where S24 turns right (waypoint PICS24, 4.3 miles from I-8). Thanks for keeping me company. The high point of the Granites has its own name, Treadway Benchmark, and it barely rises 300 feet above the surrounding desert. I’ve now spent almost 2,400 words describing the part of the Picacho Mountains that sits to the east of the freeway. We had heards that the flowers had been opened. The one on the left is 3161; on the right, partly hidden in the background, is Picacho Peak. A peak’s prominence, also known as topographic prominence or relative height, is a measure of how distinct a peak is from other peaks. This is one of two trails in Picacho Peak State Park that takes you to the peak and it is a must do in spring due to the abundance of wildflowers. Click here to submit your own climbing note for Picacho. This 13,000 acre recreation area is deed restricted, so residents will continue to enjoy this amazing natural amenity at their back door for generations to come.Experience the Southwest and the Chihuahua Desert like never before at the Picacho Peak Recreation Area in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Picacho Peak, located in Chocolate Mountains BLM, California. Picacho Peak. Newman Peak consists of crystalline rocks: granite, gneiss, and schist. Picacho Climbing Notes. It calls for a fair amount of scrambling and maneuvering with cables along steep ledges and gains elevation pretty quickly. Here’s a view of it from the northwest. From there, I headed northeast and climbed 1,600 vertical feet up a valley before turning back to the northwest and climbing the last 800 feet to the summit. The trail then encounters a series of steeper sections with fixed cables. We decided to hike to the top of beautiful views. It certainly met the hype and we were excited for the hike. The trail switchbacks up the north slopes, then to a cliff wall, before one last zag leads you to a saddle between Picacho Peak and Razorback Ridge (Peak 3161). Location. I was surprised to see that neither of the bumps showed any sign whatsoever of a previous visit? In this Friday, July 31, 2015 photo, a lone saguaro looms over the entrance of the Picacho Peak State Park in Picacho, Ariz. We parked at the site of an old mine, walked up on to a ridge, then followed it all the way to the summit. Here’s a dramatic photo of the mountain as seen from the north. However, the road is spectacular and lower vistas along the road provide exceptional views. The initial portion of the trail is just hiking. Climb NW to a saddle at 1200+ feet elevation. It ran a full 30 miles before being robbed of what surely would have been even more happy miles, had not man intervened. This is one of two trails in Picacho Peak State Park that takes you to the peak and it is a must do in spring due to the abundance of wildflowers. Driving back to the north a short distance, I parked for my last one of the day. It presents an imposing 1,400-foot wall to the park’s visitor center below. My round-trip was about 4 hours. Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Picacho, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. same climbing route that we use today. Rock Climbing Total Time: 4:00. Once done descending, the trail finally started heading up and toward Picacho Peak. The good ol’ CAP runs around the south end of the mountains, and a road we drove actually crossed the canal on a bridge. Looking north to Newman Peak – the line is the intervening freeway. Select Picacho Location Map Detail: … Picacho Peak 1930′ Chocolate Mountains. Some of the climbs are pretty...challenging. Joel ahead of me near the beginning of the Hunter Trail. Some mountain ranges feel like old friends, especially if they’re close to home and you see them often. Along the ridge which bears Picacho Peak can also be found another steep one called Peak 3161. The view from the summit is superb. Fast-forward 3 weeks to mid-January of 2011. La … Here’s a look to the north to Peak Benchmark. The trail then drops along a cliff wall and you encounter your first steep section as you down climb with fixed steel cables present. The sharp spur soars above the desert and provided early travelers a useful navigational aid. This one has been called “Pump Station Peak”, but is more correctly Peak 2165. Sticking up out of this flat desert are majestic rock monoliths that began as volcanic plugs and have been carved into wonderful shapes by the endless ero… From the top it looks like a boring trail. Four miles farther north, near the town of Eloy, our wash dies an ignoble death, gobbled up by cotton fields and irrigation ditches. King Canyon Trail. Picacho del Diablo is located deep in one of Mexico's national parks and is a much sought after peak. I know of 4 people who have died on this peak, but none of them fell – they all died of dehydration in the heat. Unfortunately, I ended up crossing over the bump to the north at 2915 feet, but still made it to the top of Peak 2957 in 41 minutes for a total gain of 950 feet – not too bad for an old guy in his mid-60s. All along the Picacho Mountains runs a man-made feature created in recent years, something called the Central Arizona Project Canal, or CAP for short. Here’s how this one looks if you are driving along the freeway. Four hours out from the truck, I found Blue Bottle Wash, a major wash strewn with white boulders to the northeast of Blue Bottle Peak. 2019-12-24. Once done descending, the trail finally started heading up and toward Picacho Peak. It's a Regular size geocache, with difficulty of 2.5, terrain of 4. This is a big peak with lots of relief, and that’s what draws a lot of people to climb it – the fact that it’s the range high point doesn’t hurt either. We were in Arizona to enjoy some warm weather and do some hiking. This allowed us to drive up behind Peak 2740, where we parked and climbed it in just over an hour. BACK. Picacho Peak Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Picacho Peak State Park. Follow the signs to the trailhead. Even though Picacho Peak isn’t the highest in the range, it was the one that first attracted me to its slopes, back in March of 1987, a whole year before I ever set foot on Newman. Geologists have no clue what volcano made it. Top trails ( 4) Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail. The signs will say 2 miles, but they lie. So I’ve shown you something very ancient on the west side of the range, and now I’ll show you something very modern. Eventually we reached the exit for Picacho Peak State Park and we followed signs to the Hunter Trail. Sunset Vista Trail takes you on a pleasant and colorful 3.1 miles on the south side of Picacho to the peak. The DPS distinguishes Big Picacho (el Picacho del Diablo) from Little Picacho (Picacho Peak), both of which are based on mangled Spanglish. Here’s a view of it from the south. Maybe that 2009 trip to “South Newman” is what re-kindled my interest in the Picacho Mountains. There was another of those wildlife bridges, like the one I used for Newman Peak, and I used it to cross the canal. hard (1287) Length: 3.2 mi • Est. It’s derived from the work pico, which means “peak”. Once you reach the bottom, the trail swings to the east. The east side of Peak 2702. The way down proved uneventful, though slow going, as we would encounter slower groups on the steep sections or wait to give people ascending space on the trail. Once you make it beyond the halfway saddle, it’s a rollercoaster of a mountain and emotion. The top was quite pleasant, despite sharing it with 20 new friends. These are common on the desert floor, and can rise many hundreds of feet into the air. You could drive dirt roads right up to the canal, then cross over it on a bridge built for wildlife. I felt the 2nd section, which goes straight up crack in a section of steep rock, was the most difficult (not up, but on the way down). Peak 2405 is the only one that sits on the west side of the canal, and in fact sits right beside it. Follow Picacho Road east and northeast 0.4 miles until it turns due north (waypoint PICRD2). Sonoran Desert National Monument. Of course, the strain and fear involved with getting to the top make getting there an accomplishment (and getting home safely even more of one). Florence, AZ. Sunset Vista Trail takes you on a pleasant and colorful 3.1 miles on the south side of Picacho to the peak. Beautiful! We went early at Picacho Peak State Park. I can confirm this since a friend and I were out in the foothills early Saturday morning sewing up the switchbacks. Picacho is one of those peaks that you look at and can’t tell how there’s possibly a trail to the top, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most exciting two and a half mile hikes out there. Picacho Peak, 3,370', (image-left) and the Picacho Mountains are separated by a gap of shallowly buried bedrock. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from that spot. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussicht Second Water Trail. There was no way we were on the right route. Halfway there, about Upon visiting 2702, I saw that the bump to the southeast, which contoured the same, was clearly higher. All-in-all, it was a great day! needed to cover the usual climbing route from the roadhead. In the year 1932, there was a 40-foot tower on the summit which held an air-traffic beacon. Once through the park gate, follow signs for Hunter Trail. Its purpose is to deliver water for farmers, and it is called the Santa Rosa Canal – it runs for 65 miles, past such places as Eloy, Arizona City and through many more miles of Pinal County to finally end near Maricopa. Take exit 219 and follow the brown signs to the park entrance. I think it’s a good bunch, 18 in all, with a 1K and a 2K prominence spicing things up. I set out from a point a couple of miles to the east and followed a series of ridges all the way to the summit, passing over Point 2433 en route. We enjoyed the hike and the flowers. This is the easier of the two peak hikes. Thanks to John Kirk for the use of the 2 previous photos. PICACHO DEL DIABLO CLIMB OVERVIEW. Picacho Peak has been used as a navigational landmark for more than 150 years. It wasn’t until more than 20 years later that I went back in to climb Newman’s neighbor, another big peak called “South Newman” by some. This link will show you where to find Peak. It’s a double summit, but the one with the spot elevation of 2405 is the higher point. Nearby, we happened to see this dust devil. The true summit is on the left. Follow the numerous signs. Climb up the sloping rockface to where you can begin to walk along the ridgeline and follow the use-trail southward. We encountered several more steep sections where fixed … Picacho Peak Trail ist ein 3.3 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Santa Fe, New Mexico. The climb to the top of Picacho del Diablo, the highest mountain on the Baja California peninsula , wasn’t supposed to be technical. One week later, I returned to climb the small mountain beside the Picacho Pumping Station. There are two routes to Picacho Peak. Hunter Trail is the other one and is 2 miles of steep switchbacks. Here’s a view of this one from the west. Driving farther west, past the old North Star Mine, we parked at the 2,180-foot contour along the southeast ridge of Peak 2628. So we hydrated and I dried off in the sun and wind. It was muggy and hot with little wind, so I was drenched by the time we reached the saddle. The water goes uphill for 111 feet, and the tunnel is 2,845 feet long. This is not a trip report, but a compilation of my thoughts and notes on climbing Picacho del Diablo derived from three successful ascents and several not so successful forays to the mountain. I had been eyeing something called Peak Benchmark for some time. Even so, it was almost 2 more years before I was able to get back in there to visit more of the peaks. Picacho Peak State Park is a state park surrounding Picacho Peak in Picacho, Arizona. Although its channel is well-vegetated, dry wells litter its path. Revised 2/13/19 PICACHO PEAK (AKA LITTLE PICACHO) UPDATE - Feb 2019: The DPS received a report about worn-out and dangerous bolts on the false summit of DPS listed Picacho Peak located in Imperial County. Almost immediately after the saddle, the route got spicy. It’s the small bump all in sun to the right of and behind the cliff. The best part, though, was the view south along the ridge. — 2.6 ... campsites, and points along the climbing route. Back down the same way to the ol’ Toyota. The fence prevents animals from swimming across). This one is called the Central Main Canal, and it runs for 20 miles to reach agricultural lands to the west of the Picacho Mountains on the western side of Interstate 10. The trailhead for the Hunter Hiking Trail to Picacho Peak is located approximately 1.5 miles further into the park, at the top of the Barrett Loop (see downloadable trail map). All of that hardware exists today, helping thousands ascend the peak. Interstate 10, railroad tracks, and the Central Arizona Project canal pass through the opening. It presents an imposing 1,400-foot wall to the park’s visitor center below. It may be only two miles (3.2 km) long, but it is two, long and twisted – for some terrifying – miles of adventurous trail. Picacho Peak is a prominent mountain in central Arizona, about 20 miles southeast of Casa Grande in Pinal County, and about 40 miles north of Tucson. Three of the usual suspects had been there before us, but we duly signed in to the register. It falls well short of being a peak in its own right, but it’s a pretty thing. We choose this “easy” route for which we found the report by Steve Eckert (see References) to be the most useful. So wear gloves. Even so, it still qualifies as a Class 3 climb and requires over 2,300 vertical feet of ascent. Picacho Peak (GCC5D6) was created by Wily Javelina ( adopted by CopperWings ) on 1/18/2003. After Camelback and Mount Humphreys, Picacho Peak is probably the next most famous summit in Arizona. They sit astride the freeway, and all the peaks are easy to access. The northern one is called the Brady pumping station, and it sits 3 miles WSW of Peak 2410. Picacho Peak is located adjacent to Picacho Mountain, so it is an extended “backyard” for residents. Almost immediately after the saddle, the route got spicy. Picacho Peak is composed of basalt and andesite volcanic rocks. Back near the freeway sits Peak 2540, a steep one whose summit lies only 2,750 feet from the nearby interchange. Along the ridge which bears Picacho Peak can also be found another steep one called Peak 3161. It … Hunter trail to the top of Picacho Peak is the shortest route., but also the steepest. Picacho Peak is a prominent landmark on the way from Tucson to Phoenix, and something I've wanted to climb since the first time I saw it. I parked and headed up the WSW ridge, crossing over Points 2762 and 2884, reaching the top of Peak 3313 at 11:00 AM. The eastern Picacho Peak trailhead was a bit confusing, but 'hwstock' cleared it up for me. All of the peaks on this side of the freeway lie within Picacho Peak State Park. Picacho, AZ. I soon left it and made my way up the western slopes to a saddle. This is a 5.5 mile out-and-back hike with 1900 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. Follow a good use trail N from here along the base of cliffs to the deep gully on Picacho's W side. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Gila Bend, AZ. For our descent, we headed south from the summit along the ridge down to the saddle at 4,000 feet, then dropped down steep terrain to the west into the basin and back to the canal crossing. To this point, it has just been hiking. Hiking info, trail maps, and 29 trip reports from Picacho Peak (3,370 ft) in the Picacho Mountains of Arizona peakery; Log a climb. Even so, it still qualifies as a Class 3 climb and requires over 2,300 vertical feet of ascent. And here’s another, looking at Newman Peak (far left), Point 4162 in the middle, and “South Newman” on the right. Picacho Peak Rd. This landmark can be seen for many miles in every direction, and has been used by travelers as a guidepost for hundreds of years. Thank smceown . Once this step has been surmounted, you climb a short ramp to the left that brings you out at the northern end of the ridge-line at the top of Picacho Peak. This is an efficient route, relentlessly uphill, wasting no time or effort. It seemed like a good idea to see how quickly I could polish this one off, so I set off quickly up the northeast side. One sultry summer morning, I drove to the start of Sunset Vista Trail and set out at 5:25 AM. The park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson near Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Its elevation is only 2,230 feet, making it lower than everything else in the range except for Peak 2165 over by the pumping station. PICACHO DEL DIABLO CLIMB OVERVIEW. Martinez Cabin. Catalina State Park. Three others had signed in before I arrived, but I added my John Henry to theirs. Picacho del Diablo is located deep in one of Mexico's national parks and is a much sought after peak. Directions From the intersection of I-10 and I-8 (in Casa Grande), take I-10 Southeast for 20.7 miles to exit 219 / Picacho Peak Road. For the big hike to Picacho peak, you need to be in pretty good shape, agile, and Not afraid of heights. Directions: From Casa Grande, go east on Interstate 10 for 29 miles to Picacho Peak Road (Exit 219). Turn right onto Picacho Peak Road and follow the signs for 0.4 miles to the entrance station for Picacho Peak State Park. It was a 6-hour day, and an exhilarating climb, enjoyable in every way. It's located in Arizona, United States.This geocache is located on the summit of Picacho Peak. We headed up the trail. APPROACH/ROUTE A: From the parking area walk 0.2 miles SW up Little Picacho Wash to a fork. Coming from Phoenix, take exit 219 for Picacho Peak State Park. Sure enough, as we headed down Interstate 10 towards Tucson, we started seeing Picacho Peak in front of us. The climb to the top of Picacho del Diablo, the highest mountain on the Baja California peninsula, wasn’t supposed to be technical. Folks, that it, you’ve now visited them all. There were children climbing successfully the day I climbed Picacho. Drive or walk to the short baserock waterfall (waypoint PICWTH) marking the start of the hiking route. Here’s a view of this one as seen from the freeway to the west. Cables, Canyon, … There was no way we were on the right route. Elevation Gain: 1700′ Crux: Class 4 with aid climbing on the return. There were 3 objectives on our list that day. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Perhaps the most popular trail at Picacho Peak, the Hunter Trail gives the shortest route to the top. Directions to this area and a route for a loop hike to both of these spots are in Greg Magee's Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the Las Cruces - El Paso Area. It then parallels the east side of the freeway for another 9 miles, passing by the community of Picacho. It isn't that tall, topping off at 3,370', nor is it large, especially compared to the nearby Newman Peak. From its saddle with Picacho, it is a Class 3 scramble to the top, done by few, and I myself didn’t complete it until 2002. Here’s a peek through the fence at the canal itself. Picacho Peak is a familiar landmark to anyone who drives Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. It lies about a mile off Interstate 10 directly between Phoenix and Tuscon, and thousands of people gaze up at its distinct, blocky summit every day. The article is a bit funny and dramatic but because of it, I was constantly on the lookout for the impending “death chute”. I went there with a friend, and we approached it from the west side. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. And there are a lot of them. I know of 4 people who have died on this peak, but none of them fell – they all died of dehydration in the heat. This hike is located near Eloy, AZ. Meters have been converted to feet by ... 5.4n Picacho Peak 6 1920+ 32114H6 Picacho Peak 3 SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY 3.1 Avawatz Mtns. city. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May. Picacho del Diablo ('Devil's Peak') is the highest peak on the Baja California peninsula, measuring 3,096 metres (10,157 ft).It is alternately called Cerro de la Encantada, meaning 'Hill of the Enchanted' or 'Hill of the Bewitched'. Several variations are available at mapped junctions. Interstate 10, railroad tracks, and the Central Arizona Project canal pass through the opening. Little can grow natuarally in this arid land where the Colorado River struggles to avoid complete evaporation before entering Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. Here’s what they look like from below, a picture I took later. Okay, now back to the climbing. Go north past a school and straight through a stop sign, still seeing S24 signs but really following Picacho Road. Hiking time: 5.5 hours Estimated hiking distance: 1 mile Elevation gain: 1120 feet USGS Topo Map: Picacho Peak Difficulties: Some navigation in the desert with no water available; some technical rock climbing, including climbs up to the … This is one of those washes that nobody knows about, yet it leaves its imprint on this area of desert. Now you can see the summit, the highpoint at the opposite or south end of the ridge. We took the Hunter Trail, which is a shorter and steeper route to the saddle of the mountain before a climb that included some scrambling and use of metal ropes. 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