Jan 27, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Winner of the 2012 "Best of Phoenix" Winter Hike Picacho Peak offers a beautiful 360 degree views from the top. Unfortunately getting up there isn't as easy as everyone thinks. This popular short 3-4 miles (RT) hike proves time and again as being the most unique and challenging but fun climbs I've ever done.
This hike isn't for everyone. And I couldn't stress this enough... This is a difficult strenuous hike with steep climbs. At multiple points on the hike you will need to use upper body strength just to pull yourself up on cables and hand rails. Also there are areas you are standing on steel beams because there isn't anything else to standon. So if your fearful of heights or falling this isn't the hike for you, unless you want to conquer that fear in one hike.
For more information log on to http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE/index.html
There is a $10 per car charge with a mininum of 4 people per vehicle, so if your carpooling bring money to help pay fee
We will meet at the Starbucks parking lot near the intersection of Cortaro Farms Rd. and Arizona Pravilion Drive. Then carpool to Picacho Peak. Look for me parked in a Silver Jeep Liberty. Starbucks parking lot is small so if you can meet up and carepool there that would be great.
Plan for it to take about 3.5 to 4 hours total. The drive there and back about 45min - 1 hour and the hike about 2.5 to 3 hours.
- 3+ liters of water
- Snack food
- Durable hiking shoes/boots
- Money to help pay car fee
Hope to see you all!