Thursday, February 19, 2015

Picacho Peak

Move Day today. You can only stay at Gilbert Ray Campground for seven days and then they make you leave. You have to be gone for seven days before you can come back into the campground. Except for the killer vegetation, I really liked it here, people were nice, scenery was nice and the price was right – only $20 a night. Take that, Marriott.

I had to dump tanks and fill up my fresh water. I would only have electricity at Picacho Peak State Park. It was a short drive only forty minutes but the landscape changed quite a bit. Whereas before it was all desert and those nasty killer plants, now, all of a sudden there is some scruffy grass. The Saguaros are still here though.

The focal point of this park is the Peak. I have to decide tomorrow morning whether or not I will climb the Peak. There are several trails in the park but the one that goes to the peak is described “The route is steep and twisting, with steel cables (gloves are recommended) anchored into the rock in places where the surface is bare. This is a difficult but rewarding hike. “ I'll have to think on this a bit.

View from My Lawn chair

Picacho Peak - am I going to climb it?

 Sunset again


  1. Awesome photos! We're enjoying Picacho Peak as well, and were thinking about heading over to Gilbert Ray next week... but we heard it was pretty dog unfriendly (dogs are allowed, but not on the trails, and we heard there are tons of cactuses everywhere that make it challenging to even walk the dog). What did you think?

  2. Gilbert Ray is a beautiful park, because of the vegetation it really feels much more secluded. But, because of the vegetation, especially the Cholla, it isn't too good for dogs. The only hiking you can do with the dogs is around the campground and maybe down some washes. I still liked it a lot there especially since I had a lot I had to do in Tucson