|We're in gorgeous Site B-14.|
Picacho Peak is the pointy peak right above the back of the trailer.
There's several miles of trails in the park but just one goes to the top of Picacho Peak, at 3,347 feet. The Sunset Trail is 6.2 miles RT, out and back...with some serious cable climbing to the peak. Gloves are recommended for this hike!
|Sunset Trail approaches the peak from the South.|
We're headed for the point on the right above.
|This really didn't seem like cattle range, but there they were!|
|Lovely layered mountains in the distance.|
The first two miles of the hike are easy, the trail winds through rolling hills covered with creosote, palo verde and saguaro, cholla and barrel cactus. Then the trail starts climbing and before long you're looking up at this:
|Yeah, that's straight up...prepare yourself for a few photos of Hans' butt!|
|Hikers dwarfed by the cliff side.|
|A trail did not exist before the cables were installed!|
|Notice the little white specks of people on the shadowed rock.|
We hiked on a Sunday so the trail was pretty busy.
|360 degree views from the top.|
The circle of white specks on the right is the campground.
|Slightly better view of the campground.|
|We're really happy to be at the top!|
|Going back down was even harder in some spots.|
|A little blurry but we were excited to see a pair of Peregrine Falcons.|
|A traffic jam on the side of a cliff!|
|Here's one of me for good measure...|
|This flaming red barrel cactus has an amazing view.|
We'll be a little sore from this hike but boy was it worth it! It was the kick start we needed to get back into hiking mode. And a view like this is not a bad way to end the day:
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