Picacho Peak Loop is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, NM that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Picacho Peak is a 4959-foot high peak just northwest of Las Cruces. It is a volcanic mountain composed of rhyolite (mostly quartz and feldspar) that solidified at the surface approximately 35 million years ago. The recreation area has over 15 miles of mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian trails. Activities Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, photography, picnicking and OHV use limited to existing 4WD routes. Facilities One shaded picnic area is available. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.
Great quick hike with long lasting views.
I tried it twice. First time with an old friend,but did not make the top. At 81 and a 20 year old we made it to the top. Clear and a beautiful view. Thanks to our Grand Creator, Jehovah God.
We started at the end of the Burke Ranch Road went to the peak , then took the Box Canyon Trail to the left. Before to get Box Canyon Dr, we cut and walked by the arroyo and hills directly to the end of Burke Ranch Road. Peak, Box Canyon and arroyos are amazing places to visit, it took us about 6 miles but exciting, we recommend.
I just did the direct trail to the peak... fairly easy to make it up in about 30 minutes, with a moderate climb rate. Nice views in all directions. The dirt/sand road in to the parking lot is a little rough and branches off in various places with no signs, which isn't very helpful.
Nice short easy hike with great views. Recommend doing this hike before May or after September. I imagine the trail is very pretty when the different kinds of cacti are in bloom. We found a geocache at the peak. Pay attention to the pink markers to guide you on the trail since most of the trail markers have fallen down.