My main reason for visiting this place was for the hike to the top.
Picacho Peak is located in southern Arizona, about half way between Tucson and Phoenix. It’s close to an hour from Tucson by I-10, or 45 miles from downtown. Besides being a battle site, there are other things you might want to know about the park. The next couple of paragraphs are from signs around the park.
Picacho Peak has been a navigational landmark throughout history. It helped direct early explorers such as Father Kino and Juan Bautista De Anza. In 1932, a 40 ft light beacon was installed at the top of the peak for air traffic navigation. Hunter trail on the south side of the Peak was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to facilitate servicing the beacon, which was dismantled in 1965.
When Picacho Peak was dedicated as a State Park in 1968, the second phase of Hunter trail was built, beginning on the north side, crossing the saddle and connecting to the first phase.
The elevation of the Peak is 3,374 ft. Picacho peak rises 1500 ft from the desert floor.
Additional information reveals Picacho Peak to be about 22 million years old, and, is an eroded resistant lava flow in a series of lava flows interlaid with thin strata of gravelly sedimentary rock. The entire series was tilted steeply towards the northeast, then faulted and eroded leaving what remains today. Geologists, to this day have not located the volcano responsible for the lava flows.
I hope that covers enough information for you.
Colorful Mexican gold poppies near the information center.
This is the beginning of Barrett loop rd. The end of this road is where most people take the flower pictures against the peak. Hunter trail to the peak is also at the end.
Poppies and Lupines along Barrett loop road.
Looks like it’s a long walk to that parking. This is at the Sunset Vista Trail-head.
Desert Marigolds are abundant here also, especially as you climb the peak.
This is the gereral battle overview. Click for larger image and to read the plaque. Photo taken at the historical markers location near the information center.
Plenty of nature trails for people wanting to check the desert out. They also have a multitude of plant species signs scattered about so you know what you’re looking at.
This view is looking back as we get close to the saddle. You hug the rock wall at this point-see the trail?
People coming from the Sunset Vista trail climb up this rock face, with the help of cables. This is the original part of the trail that was used to service the Beacon on top.
As you can see, it really is steep. Luckily, the rocks are rough and have a lot of foot holds so you feel pretty safe, at least I do.
Some hikers coming up the cables seen in the last image.
Yet another tough spot to maneuver through.
Here’s Picacho Peak from Mt. Kimball with a telephoto lens. It kind of sticks right out from the valley floor.
Here’s one of many little red fishhook cacti I told you about a minute ago.
That concludes the tour, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!