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Picketpost Western Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,400 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,050 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.25
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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24  2021-01-06
Picketpost Gauntlet
17  2019-11-23
Rally 'round Picketpost
10  2017-01-29
Picketpost Circumference
5  2015-03-30 AZLumberjack
15  2014-11-30
Picketpost Circumference
20  2013-12-28
Picketpost-Up-Down-and Around
15  2012-04-29 johnlp
2  2012-01-19 sventre
Author sventre
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 68
Photos 403
Trips 61 map ( 272 miles )
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:33am - 7:29pm
Official Route
3 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2011 Picket Fire9.0 mi*
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles
**possible voids inflate figure

A touch of the AZT
by sventre

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This hike can be considered either an "out and back" or lasso loop depending upon how you choose to proceed. As detailed in the accompanying GPX route the "loop" is more easily handled in a counterclockwise direction with the more scenic views being reserved for the return leg. Your hike is entirely along the western slopes and washes of Picketpost Mountain. No special hiking skills, or navigational tools are required and this is a kid/pet friendly trail-- watch out for horse droppings.

Hike: Begin at the parking lot of the Picketpost Trailhead by leaving the south end of the lot and directly entering into Alamo Canyon {wash]. Proceed along the old jeep road through Alamo Canyon in a southerly direction (easily traced with cairns). Remain in the wash when you notice that the jeep trail takes a sharp turn to the right (west). The wash will narrow as you climb and then rise from the wash back on to the Arizona Trail. At this point the AZT will begin climbing and rise toward the intersection with the horse trail that makes its way east toward Telegraph Canyon. From the intersection, reverse your steps and return to the Picketpost Trailhead by following the well-maintained AZT.

This is an easy early or mid-morning hike. [Next time I plan on extending the loop through Telegraph Canyon to the Apache Tears Mine.]

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2012-01-19 sventre
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Begin at the Picketpost Trailhead. SR60 south from Apache Junction, through Florence Junction and about 7 miles to the TH, west of Superior.
    page created by sventre on Jan 19 2012 2:11 pm
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