This is a 5.5-6 mile hike in a loop around Picacho Peak (NOT a summit hike!) in California. The trail is easy-to-moderate and involves a little bouldering at the beginning and one steep ascent (similar to the "billy-goat trail" up to Telegraph).
Fitness-wise, if you can hike up Telegraph pass, you should be able to do this trail. It will take about 3-4 hours (including photo- and rest breaks).
The area is VERY scenic with lots of desert colors and views over rugged rock formations and valleys.
To reach the trailhead we will travel about 16 miles north on Picacho Road, which is a dirt road (the washboards can be pretty bad). We will then enter a wash and drive on rugged terrain for about 0.5 miles. Therefore high-clearance, 4WD vehicles are recommended. Total driving time is estimated 1.5-2 hours.
This hike will be in a rugged, remote desert area with no water source.. Please bring plenty of water (2-3 quarts per person), a hat, sunscreen and a snack for our break under "Butt Crack Rock". You can bring hiking poles, as long as they are collapsible, as you might want to use your hands in some areas.
Please understand that attendance in this event is at your own risk and that by participating you are releasing the organizers, event hosts and the group from all liability of any nature.
(maps courtesy of "Yuma Trails", Edition 5, by George Montopoli)