Picacho Loop Trail

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)

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  • Lefa

    Great photos. Thanks a million !

    March 9, 2014

    • Lefa

      Hmmmm I can't seem to get it to work.

      March 8, 2014

    • Petra O.

      Hi Lefa, when I get home this afternoon I'll upload the pictures to meetup. They were still under attack last week and that is why we had to put them on Facebook instead.

      March 9, 2014

  • Nestor A.

    Hey guys Petra and I uploaded some photos onto Facebook! You may view them from either of our Facebook profiles. I had lots of fun on tho hike. Great people on here :)

    March 5, 2014

    • Lefa

      I cant find the photos that you speak of...Where do I look??

      March 7, 2014

  • Daniel

    This hike was super fun! It was my first time ever hiking and I really enjoyed it, I thought my condition was tno the best, but it turned out to be better than expected!

    March 5, 2014

  • Cynthia

    Loved this hike! Great people, great weather, great time!

    March 5, 2014

  • Lefa

    This was a wonderful hike. I had no idea that I would see the wonder sights that greeted us!! I would love to do this one again...but this time WITH my camera (its still in the fixit shop)!!

    March 4, 2014

  • Diana

    This Hike was amazing. It took us 4 hours to hike including a few breaks and lunch and the sites were beautiful. The group that we went with was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I will absolutely sign up for this hike when it comes again.

    March 3, 2014

  • Frank O.

    I thought. picacho loop trail was a great hike. I would do it again.

    March 2, 2014

  • Petra O.

    Apparently Meetup hasn't fixed all the problems that have plagued them the past few days...I cannot post pictures right now. I will try again in a couple of days!

    March 2, 2014

  • Petra O.

    What an amazing hike with an amazing group of people! So enjoyed hiking with you all today, and a big THANK YOU to Tanja for organizing and leading this hike!!! The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful!

    March 2, 2014

  • James B.

    Missed it. Hope it was safe n fun.

    March 2, 2014

  • Tanja

    Update 2: Could everybody please let me know if they have a vehicle with how many seats available to drive or if they need a ride? If you post in this group, please do not post also in the other group, or it gets too confusing :-). Thanks!

    February 24, 2014

  • Kaysha

    Sign me up if I can squeeze into somebody's not-low-clearance vehicle :)

    February 13, 2014

    • Daniel

      Perfect :)

      February 22, 2014

    • Daniel

      See you tomorrow :D

      March 2, 2014

  • Tanja

    Update 1: I was asked if this hike is dog-friendly. While I absolutely love dogs on my hikes, I would not recommend this specific hike for dogs. We will climb up dry waterfalls and do some bouldering and therefore you need to be prepared to lift your dog up if he/she cannot make it. Also, there is cholla cactus which seem to always invariable end up in paws and snouts...

    February 24, 2014

  • Dorothy H.

    Really want to do this one. I will know once it gets close to that weekend whether I will be participating or not.

    February 21, 2014

  • Diana

    I am looking forward to hiking with everyone. Thanks.

    February 20, 2014

  • James G.

    I will keep my eyes open for this one, and it looks good as long as I haven't overlooked something I am supposed to be doing that weekend.

    February 13, 2014

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