Picacho Peak–a challenging hike

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We have done a lot of hiking around the country but nothing can compare to hiking Picacho Peak.┬áThe park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson and not too far from where we are staying. It is a 3200-foot peak with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, 6.2 miles round trip which isn’t bad until you come across all the cables, rungs and rocks where you have to use lots of upper body strength to get to the top.

 

View of Picacho Peak doesn’t look too intimidating from the highway.

 

The first 2 miles is pretty flat and gives a false sense of security and ease in walking. Then you hit the first cable section and it’s all over after that. I lost count of the number of cables and rungs but it was very challenging.

 

View as we were walking.

 

View part of the way up.

 

One of the walks across the rocks.

 

Another cable to tackle.

 

More cables shows John coming down backwards. Photo by Ken

 

 

John and Cheryl coming back down. Photo by Ken

 

Vulture spreading his wings near the top.

 

Ken and John after climbing for 2-1/2 hours.

 

John and Cheryl resting at the top

 

View of Mt. Lemmon from the top

 

John enjoying the view

 

John and Ken are ready to do this hike again. Me? Maybe not so much. I’m glad I did it but not sure if I want to do it again.

 

Flowers are now starting to bloom in the desert. Here are a couple of beauties that have bloomed down the street from us.

We were told this cactus only blooms for one day.

 

Lots of flowers on this beauty.

 

We took another trip to Saguaro National Park with John’s brother, Frank. A nice day to be outside and see the desert plants.

 

This ocotillo plant was blooiming in Saguaro National Park.

 

John and Frank looking very small next to the saguaro.

 

That’s all from Arizona for now.