Picacho Peak, Arizona 85634, USA
Shaky Ramps Through Daunting Drop-OffsInstead of indulging in the over glamorized festivities of Super-Bowl Sunday, my friends and I set blaze upon the trails leading up to Picacho Peak, a hike that boasts 2,000 feet of inclination in under 2.5 hours. Greeted first with an impressionably easy 30 minutes of hiking, the trail quickly turns from casual to callous. Paths of what seem to be 90 degrees o incline present you with steel cables that wrap around shaky ramps and rocky crevices leading to the summit. By the time you reach the peak all your hard work pays off when you are rewarded by 360 panoramic views of the vast desert and all it's glory. But don't think for a second that the strenuous hike is over, going down becomes what could be compared to swinging down a zip line without reinforcements. When you finally do make it back to the bottom of the trailhead you will be filled with a sense of accomplishment that will invigorate you for the rest of the week.