The park has two hiking trails to the top of Picacho Peak. One is 3.1 miles long and the other is only 2 miles. The shorter one is more difficult where it requires the use cables to help yourself up the steep slope and the wearing of gloves is recommended. It all sounded like good fun but I thought why would I want to do that? For the view? For just to be able to say "I did it"? Really what I wanted to do was just go for a walkabout in the desert to see what I could find. To look for critters, cacti, rocks and treasure. That sounded like more fun. It was early morning and off I went. I didn't find any treasure or critters and the birds only teased me when I tried to take their picture. There were no unusual rocks either so cactus was my only reward, but I enjoyed the walkabout nevertheless.
This plant belongs to a family of cacti commonly called fish hook cactus, and I think you can tell why.
From the prickly pear family of cacti.
I think these next two are a barrel cactus. I got caught up in doing close-ups and now cannot tell what is what.
A hedgehog cactus
And lastly, the wonderful saguaro. Because of the wet winter the pleats of the saguaro are spread apart for the plant expands filling with moisture. As the summer wears on the pleats will slowly contract down to where the each row of spines will be touching each other.