Picacho Peak Hike

This hike is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I figured was a good Mt Whitney milestone hike.

The wife and I took all this week off, it’s her birthday week and we both needed a break. We took a few day trips and just relaxed! We saw Arcosanti, Montezuma’s Castle, Tombstone, and cruised around Phoenix.

I had Wednesday morning free so it seemed like a good time to tick off this hike. Woke up a little after 5am, grabbed the gear and headed out. After a quick stop for coffee I was on the road. It’s about an hour to get there from my house, pulled into Picacho State Park about 6:45, a few cars in the lot, but pretty quiet other than that!

The hike starts off uphill and really doesn’t ease up much at all until you get to the saddle, where the first of the cable sections begins. From the saddle, where some nice people have stashed extra gloves (make sure you bring gloves), you descend a steep rocky section, taking you around to the west side and meeting up with the Sunset Vista Trail for the climb to the peak.

There are 3 main sections of cables from here to the peak, it’s a pretty cool section of a hike. The exposure isn’t too bad but I was definitely glad to have the cables in a number of places! After the last cable section it is a few minutes hike to the top and a great view. As you make your way down you might be even more glad to have the protection the cables provide, I know I was!

When you reach the saddle again the work is done and you can cruise on downhill to the parking lot, there’s some cool rock formations to check out, and they’re easier to enjoy on the way down!

Overall it took me just over 2 hours, I felt good the whole time, can’t wait for some more time hiking up big hills!

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Buried in work, thinking of the mountains. 57 days until Mt. Whitney, can’t wait to be up high!

Mt Whitney Here I Come!

I was ready Saturday morning right at 7am when they release the Mt Whitney permits that weren’t purchased by lottery winners, and I scored an overnight permit! I’ve got a July 20th entry date, and because of last summers issues with altitude I’m going to take my time up the mountain. This should give me a good chance to acclimate, so I can enjoy the upper sections of the mountain! I got a campsite at the Lone Pine Campground the night before, probably do the quick Mobius Arch hike and then crash out to get ready for a big couple of days!

So here’s the plan:

July 19th: Drive to Lone Pine Campground

July 20th: Hike to Outpost Camp for the night

July 21st: Hike to Trail Camp or Constellation Lake for the night

July 22nd: Up early for the summit attempt and back to Trail Camp. Depending what time I get back to camp I’ll either sleep there or start to hike out. I think I’ll probably want to chill out after summit day, and enjoy being high in the mountains one more night!

July 23rd: Hike out

So that’s the plan. I’m kicking it into gear to get fit as possible, hoping to get in a few other big hikes to get ready!

Any tips from people who have done the hike are always appreciated!

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