Last week when we were getting John's jeep from Superior I saw the sign for the Picket Post trail head. He asked if I had been up there and the pictures of the mailbox and it's location finally all connected. We used to occasionally use it as a scenario for decision making on go or no go landings for confines in helicopter training. So I had been up there in a hover with the helicopters, but had never actually hiked it. I decided to take my trusty copilot Muesli with me and loaded the track. I had also seen and loaded the circumference, but unfortunately when I got to the top it was not on my gps. Made it up in around 1:15 and we took a break. Muesli took time to check for mail.
We made it down to the trail, I thought would take me around the circumference, in 50 minutes. I found the downhill surprisingly more
because it was slick and I injured my wrist in a fall last week and didn't want to completely ruin it. I have avoided the dr., but it does not seem to be improving. Ran into 3 different sets of people on the way down who were going up and they were all in the parking lot when I got done with the circumference 3 hours later.
The circumference route I took worked for the most part although I believe the trail I took loops around back to the trail head. It seemed like a good single track and most of the tracks were mountain bike. I backtracked and took a route that seemed to head more in the direction I wanted. Went through a dry wash and connected to a road. Followed this for awhile and back into a canyon. The trail finally disappeared and after my side kick decided to do a belly flop
off a rock into green scummy water I opted to hike up to the 4x4 road I saw up the canyon. It evidently was not the posted circumference route and it added miles, but it was scenic and I had seen it from the air so I knew where it came out. Great day enjoyed the hike and the weather.
Muesli needed a bath anyway.