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Picacho Peak - Dayhike - Sunset Vista Trail

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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This is a terrific dayhike with commanding views of the surrounding desert for miles in every direction.  If you've hiked Picacho Peak before, this is the less used trail that comes up the backside.

The first two miles are relatively easy as we cross some very pretty desert.  The remaining portion of the trail climbs steeply and requires using cables (gloves recommended).  In portions, there is exposure to sheer cliff faces. You can climb to the saddle or climb to the summit - whatever suits your abilities.  

We'll plan on an early lunch at the top and a return to Phoenix by mid-afternoon. Be sure to bring plenty if water (3 liters or more) as there is none on the trail, especially if it turns out to be a hot day.   

6.2 miles round trip, 1,520' elevation gain/loss

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  • Peter

    Thank you Jason for organizing this event. The views on top were incredible.

    October 13, 2013

  • Lucie

    Awesome as always ;)

    October 12, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Awesome hike, great group. Thank you Jason!

    October 12, 2013

  • Lydia

    Great hike! Thank you, Jason.

    October 12, 2013

  • Heather

    Excellent! Fun hike and great group of people too!

    October 12, 2013

  • Brenda

    I went to put stuff in the truck and I have a flat tire. Have fun!

    October 12, 2013

  • Jason N

    Ack! Didn't realize I got bumped to going. I never got a notification. I already made other plans. Have fun guys!

    October 11, 2013

  • Jason (.

    Just now got notification that I'm on the going list. Already made other plans. Have fun!!

    October 11, 2013

  • Jason B. (.

    If anyone needs to get a hold of me you can reach me on my phone tomorrow at[masked]-3839. In case you're having trouble finding the trailhead, a last-minute cancellation or just running late.

    October 11, 2013

  • Jason B. (.

    Hello everyone,

    First, if anyone's plans have changed and you don't intend to make the hike if you could please change your RSVPs so those on the waitlist could attend it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Second, carpools. If anyone knows that they're going to be driving on their own or with someone else and meeting us at the Sunset Vista trailhead at 8 AM please let me know soon as I'm trying to arrange carpools. I'll be leaving the Pecos and 40th St. park and ride at 7 AM and I can take 3 to 4 people. Lydia has offered to drive from Pecos and 40th St. as well. So we may be able to fit everyone into 2 cars from Phoenix. Jennifer & Karen may carpool from Tucson.

    Please send me an email letting me know your plans for getting to the trailhead or if you'd like to carpool and I'll work it out. Thanks.

    October 10, 2013

    • Jeff W.

      Got it sunset vista trail

      October 11, 2013

    • Jason B. (.

      Thx Jeff. Sunset Vista trailhead End of the park road.

      October 11, 2013

  • Jason B. (.

    Looks to be a bit cool first thing tomorrow & we'll be hiking the first part of the trail to the west of Picacho - in shade. A light jacket might be in order. See everyone tomorrow.

    October 11, 2013

  • Nancy S.

    Can I carpool with anyone? I live by PV mall.

    October 8, 2013

  • Jason B. (.

    Hey all,

    I'll coordinate with you all to set up carpools as needed from Phoenix & Tucson. It's going to be a great hike!

    October 2, 2013

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