Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

We've wanted to check out this SP. Lots of good hiking. And nearby is the site of the Battle of Picacho Pass, one of several Civil War engagements in the Arizona Territory.

Picacho Peak - State Park Campground, near Picacho, AZ: Site #A18 (85 RV sites total) - This site has: electric hookup • water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • showers • dump station available • trails from campground • 1,822’ elevation. April 6th - 10th. Miles traveoled: 209.

Overall Experience: smile

Flowering top and a Cactus Wren nest in the same Saguaro Cactus.

The American Civil War in the Southwest Trail

Memorial Loop Collage

National Beer Day – April 7th National Beer Day today, Picacho Peak tomorrow!

Picacho Peak

Two views of Picacho Peak: Left – taken from the campground on the north side & right – view from Sunset Trail on the south side.

We hiked to the top of Picacho Peak (1,500+ ft. elevation gain), and what a hike it was. The upper section has steel cables anchored into the rock to assist in the steeper parts. We went up the Hunter Trail, which was a pretty good climb, and then took Sunset Trail back. It hooked up with Hunter below the peak. The total was about five+ miles. Fortunately, we were able to get a ride from the Sunset trailhead back to Hunter trailhead where our car was parked – the two-mile walk on park road would have been pretty boring.

Cables, cables, and more cables!

Lunch break on the top of Picacho Peak.

Sunset Trail Pics – Sign points the way, closeup of an ocotillo flower, teddy bear cholla, & young fishhook barrel cactus.

Backyard of the Day bod

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