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Picacho Mountain

OOPS I meant to say I DONT want to do the box canyon round-trip, too long...

I only know how to get to our usual trailhead on the jeep road off of the service road on the north side of I-10 going towards the airport.  If we choose this starting place we can get to the top and back before it gets too hot, and its about 800 - 1000 ft elevation gain and maybe 2 1/2 miles from the trailhead to the top.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lisa, sounds like you guys had a great hike except for the dog incident. Sorry I couldn't make it, but I did a Sat hike with the El Paso group and that was enough for me for the weekend. I would like to hike Picacho Mtn at some point, so hopefully you'll consider doing it again sometime.
    Jim Garton

    July 26, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Nice hike everyone! I am glad I can say I have been to the top of Picacho Mountain now and know how to get to the trailhead! Thank you all for coming out, I did have a great time! I do feel that the situation with the dogs was unfortunate. I love dogs, but do not have any myself so felt a bit unequipped to assist with this. I do think all the other comments on this issue are valid and should be considered with regard to future hikes. I hope that this sort of issue can be prevented in the future. Overall, good morning though and thanks again!

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have not been out with the hiking group for a while. It was refreshing to be out and on such a nice refreshing morning hike. Picacho Mtn is a really nice hike to do since it incorporates makig a summit with an excellent view. Two large dogs came on this hike that were very aggresive towards each other. I am rating my experience a lot lower because of the dogs. Fortunatly only one hiker was injured breaking up the dogs. I feel that dogs should not be allowed on hikes. Not everyone likes dogs for good reason as was shown on this trip. Dog owners should consider this fact and not be so self centered. If you plan on bringing a dog say so so other hikers will know before they go.

    July 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome morning hike! Lisa did a great job and organizing this hike dispite it being her first time. I enjoyed the company of those I had the pleasure of chatting with. Sorry if I seemed a little stand-offish. Without going into particulars I think it's important for those who decide to bring their animals to maintain control of them. It's understandable that certain animals don't care for one another, but positive control must be maintained. On 3 seperate instances my dog was unprovokingly attacked and blood drawn on my hand as well as what might be a lost fingernail from breaking up the fight on the 3rd time. I would expect the leadership of this group to get a handle on an issue like that.

    July 25, 2011

  • renee s.

    my thoughts to the group about sunday's hike...as usual it's great to see members new&old.hey,new members and beginners come out.the organizers try to schedule hikes on sun for those who work on sat.lastly,i love the outdoors&i love animals but owners have to own up-FULL responsibility-for their pet&socialize them before they are allowed around people&other animals.otherwise the owner faces negative consequences,so lets leave the negativity at home.i hope to see/meet more of you on a futurehike.

    July 25, 2011

  • renee s.

    i have a bunch of things to say...as usual it is really good to see some people i haven't seen for a while and meet some new people. hey new people and beginners come on out and hike. don't let anything stop you. we have great members and our organizers schedule hikes for saturday and sunday which is good for those who may have to work on saturday. lastly, i love the outdoors and i love animals
    but owners have to own up to the FULL responsibility of a pet and socialize them before they are allowed around people as well as other animals. there are
    negative consequences if owners don't so lets leave all the negativity at home when we are out hiking. i hope to see/meet more of you on a future hike.

    July 25, 2011

  • Brenda

    Can't make it. Sorry Renee. I see that Rob can take more people. I hope you can get a ride with him or someone else. Hope you guys have a great time!

    July 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would this be an kid friendly hike? My kids have always wanted to go to Picacho Mtn.

    July 23, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok Great! Thanks Justin! Brenda so glad you are going to make it! Woohoo! Sounds like we will be good to go with 4WD vehicles then, especially with yours Violeta - we can certainly wait for you so don't worry if you aren't there right at 6:45! I will have your number just in case we need to find you! Welcome Carrie - I also have lived in Colorado! Thanks everyone! See you all Sunday morning!

    July 22, 2011

  • renee s.

    thanks, brenda. see you ---- all of you, sunday.

    July 22, 2011

  • Brenda

    Renee - sure you can ride with us.

    July 22, 2011

  • renee s.

    brenda - you have two spots in your car ... can my friend and i ride with you?

    July 22, 2011

  • Violeta J.

    Hello everyone, I think I may b the only one driving from EP. I will try to make it at 645@ milagro coffee. I also drive a 4wd Pilot I think can make it on the rough terrain and room enough for at least 5. My cell is[masked]

    July 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carrie,

    I'd be happy to give you a ride. Welcome to the area! I semi-recently moved here from Colorado myself.. Glad to have you with the group!

    July 21, 2011

  • Bert V.

    Colorado WOOHOO... plenty of room

    July 21, 2011

  • Brenda

    I'm going to make it. Bringing my new boyfriend but still have room for 2 more in my jeep.

    July 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa, I can fit one extra in the cab with me, and plenty of room in the bed if others don't mind. I'll bring a cheapy foam sleeping mat for any who don't mind riding in the back.

    July 21, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Justin, i think you may be the only other with a high clearance vehicle...how many people can fit in your truck....If Brenda makes it she has a Jeep, if not I think it's just you and Bert???

    July 20, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    I think Milagros opens at 6:30...i said 6:45 thinking we would likely not leave till 7:00 by the time we all met up, etc....so sounds good to me!

    July 20, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Bert...i have never hiked any of the actual trails on picacho, so am open to suggestions....Mr. Gomez said the trailhead off box canyon is about a mile longer, so yea 30 minutes sounds right. I didn't find that one, but sounds like you know where it is. I guess i was thinking that was a different trail than the ones off anthem, i'm still learning all this:)...guess we can just decide then what works!

    July 20, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    yes I drive a low vehicle as well...i figure if we have enough jeeps/trucks we can all carpool from milagros, if not we could drive to where the paved road ends and then get in truck bed or whatever we had to do!

    July 20, 2011

  • Bert V.

    I may make 645 but wont leave before 7 (when is Milagros open?) Maybe waiting on a friend.
    I have a jeep, seats 4. The box canyon road trailhead is only a 30 minute walk from the anthem road. The 6 mile trip is the one going around the box canyon, and because of the sand, switchbacks, route finding in the west part of the canyon etc. it takes several hours to do (thats the one I dont want to take) The group can always split up while on the trail as long as everyone knows where they are going.

    July 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have one of those low vehicles so will appreciate a ride to the trailhead!

    July 20, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok just wanted to let everyone know that Brenda and I went to find the trailhead today off Anthem Road...and it was successful! So we know where we are going...there are three different hiles, the shortest is only 1.5 miles, the longest is 6...so if we do that 6 mile one we should be right on track to be back by 10:30ish. The road to the parking lot is pretty rugged but we can always drive low vehicles to that point, park there and get in the truck(s)! So yay! should be a fun time!

    July 20, 2011

  • Samat

    Disregarding heat or mileage, if Rabbit Ears was a 10, Picacho Peak is, IMHO, a 5 or 6. There's an obvious trail and *no* bouldering. Photos from the last time the group did it: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-261/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1218144

    July 20, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Hi Jim! I am not sure of the difficulty level really, as I have never hiked on the actual trail, but I think you would be fine. Can anyone else give there opinion on this??? Well hope you can make it!

    July 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa, kudos for organizing a hike. Just wondering if anyone knows how difficult this hike would be. The Rabbit Ears hike was rated moderate, but it was strenuous, for me anyway.

    July 17, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Also, let me know if everyone is cool with the meet time I posted of 6:45 am on Sunday the 24th. I figured this would definitely get us out there, up and down the mountain and back to our cars by 11:00 or so. Sound good?

    July 14, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok, everyone....I compared Mr. Gomez's directions to the map Samat posted and this is what I am thinking.....let's try the trailhead that is slightly closer (off Burke Ranch Road). I suggest this because of time, it is about a mile shorter to the top. However, if everyone is up for the longer hike, I am cool with that too! Let me know what you all think....I'm gonna try to find time to check it out that road to it off Anthem Drive this week. Open to suggestions, etc!

    July 14, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Thanks Samat! And thanks for clarifying that it is Picacho Mountain, not Peak....Good to know:)

    July 14, 2011

  • Samat

    BTW, nitpicking... this is really Picacho Mountain on maps/etc; Picacho Peak is actually in Arizona, outside Tucson. Updated title.

    July 12, 2011

  • Samat

    Sorry on the slow reply, busy week... Lisa, see the map I posted (I created it myself, personally, from GPS traces). The "P" is the official parking area/trailhead. You may also want to check out the area via aerial photography on Google Earth.

    July 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    De Nada...glad to help.

    July 12, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Thanks for the tip Alan!

    July 11, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    I set the date of Sunday July 24th for this hike w/ a meet time of 6:45 AM (open to suggestions on time)...spoke with Mr. Gomez at BLM and he gave me directions to two different trailheads. One is found by entering the Picacho Subdivision, off Anthem St., the other is off Box Canyon Rd (this sounds like where you were describing Bert). First one is about a mile shorter, could probably be done in 3-3.5 hours. He did not recommend low vehicles to get to either one. Thoughts on which one?

    July 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we need a 4x4 vehicle, I've got a Toyota Pickup that'll get us 'anywhere' needed.

    July 11, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Last time I attempted this we parked in the Picacho subdivision and had to walk to the picacho peak and it took a really long time....does this other way in on the service road take us to the directly to the trailhead?

    July 10, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok, so since I have no idea where this trailhead is or how long the hike will be, can someone please clarify the time frame so we can set a meet time. I am fine with doing the usual trail as long as it is an official trail and it gets us to the top!? Also, from what you said we will need 4WD vehicles, do we have enough of them??

    July 10, 2011

  • Samat

    Haha, not knowing the trail never stopped me from leading a hike. As long as you know where you're going, anyway. That mesa is high above Las Cruces and has no cover or vegetation -- it's difficult to get lost.

    July 10, 2011

  • Bert V.

    I posted when and where... hows it sound?

    July 10, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok, so apparently I am hosting this now! I need to do some research, as I don't know time, etc. Tom, will you be around the 24th, since you know the hike it would be great to have you there! Also, do you know how to get to the official trailhead? Time frame for the hike?

    July 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be to go on this hike. About what time do you think you'd get started? I'm coming from Alamo so if it's really early I'm not sure I could get there in time

    July 9, 2011

  • Brenda

    The 24th sounds good to me.

    July 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i might be down for this hike. how long is it?

    July 9, 2011

  • Samat

    I don't think you _need_ a 4WD car if going through the Picacho Mountain housing subdivision... but there was enough sand that I wasn't brave enough to take my 2WD Corolla through it.

    July 9, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    What about Sunday July 24? Does this work for people??

    July 9, 2011

  • Lisa J.

    Ok, so we would have to have 4WD vehicles to get to the trailhead? I will check out the trails link you sent, thanks! Oh and I am guessing to lead you have to know the hike??

    July 9, 2011

  • Samat

    If someone would like to lead, please step up! I'll set you up as event organizer.

    July 8, 2011

  • Samat

    There are quite a few trails in that area, I have some of them mapped: http://osm.org/go/Tlv@_BF4--?layers=C Don't think I can do it this weekend or next, though. One thing I don't know is how to get to the "official" trailhead via 2WD car, the routes I know are very rough.

    July 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Lisa
    I'd like to go but I've been dispatched to Bandelier du to the fire. Hopefully I'll be back by next weekend. That is a good hike and it can be done before it get's too hot.
    Tom

    July 8, 2011

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