We got off to a late start so it was already 90 degrees as we climb the Hunter trail, looking across I10 at the views as we march higher. With me.....
....is Amy, her first visit to Picacho Peak. It was today that she told me she has a small issue with heights...uh, oh.
We reach the ridge. This image is from her iPhone. Bugs me that a phone takes better images than a camera I use.
The average grade on that front side is around 30% and the back side, no different. We encounter cables and successfully navigate those but then....
....this section. This gave Amy pause but she overcame her fear, which was based more on what the descent would be rather then the ascent.
The last obstacle is kind of nasty but through it she went and then.....
......made it to the top. Smoke can be seen coming from the Catalinas where the Bighorn fire has consumed over 100,000 acres but finally being brought under control.
We depart and the descent didn't present a problem after all. The round trip distance is only 3.3 miles but with almost 2000' of climbing. Always a fun time on Picacho.