On the early Saturday morning of March 13th, 1999, a group
of Motorola trekkers and friends set out to conquer Picacho Peak.
There were 22 of us on this short yet strenuous trek.
As we caravanned down to Picacho Peak State Park, I could see the
“saddle” looming in the distance.
There was this great peak and an iddy biddy ant hill just to the left.
I recall climbing this ant hill last year, thinking “what an
It reminds me of a Simpson’s episode.
Homer climbs a hill, quite thrilled to have reached the top, only to find
himself under the shadow of a GREAT mountain!
The weather was a little nippy at first (60s), but it did not take long for me
to shed my sweatshirt.
We passed the Talk About radios out so everyone could go at their own pace.
I took my time.
We climbed up the first part of the trail.
There were quite a few steps up, but it was a balanced climb, with stretches of
It was quite shady too, next to the mountain.
Once we reached the saddle, I was not thrilled to hear the shouts of joy over
the radio, “We’re almost to the top!” ...(Big whoop :P ) We
were only half-way there.
Upon reaching the saddle, I was expecting a slight dip, then a steady climb.
To my astonishment, it was more like a drop-off!
Remember when I said gloves were handy to hold on to the rails...I think you
should bring an inflatable raft, and just slide down the saddle.
It would be a lot more fun!
The last part of the trail was a CLIMB up!
This trail is not for those who are scared of heights.
I just don’t really like ledges.
But with the encouragement of Jeannie, I made it past those spots.
There was only one really tricky spot where I could not figure out where to jam
my foot into the rock.
Eventually, I just pulled myself up with my arms.
I ran into one hiker who took his dog up to the top.
He had to carry his dog up on the parts where you needed to hang on!
Although this description may sound a bit rough, it really was not that bad.
The parts of the trail that are steep have rails to hang on to, and with the
encouragement of your Motorola buddies, you can make it to the top!