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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2011
maverick4c
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,921 ft AEG
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Saturday December 17th, 2011 was a brisk morning early but the layers were shed rapidly as the elevation gain starts early on in the journey. Previous posts are spot on accurate when it comes to the rapid assent and paying attention to painted arrows and trail markers (piled rocks). As the trail is technical on the way up you must keep your head up and pay attention to their direction or you will find yourself "Billy Goating" back to the preferred path.

From the Arizona Trail to the Jeep Trail to the assent up to the ridgeline it is a nice warm up for what is to come. After the ridgeline, which is an unreal experience through the burnt out landscape from a May 2011 brushfire, the fun begins. The switchbacks through the tailings of the cliffs above are as mentally trying as they are physically. Then the climb up the chute to the summit assent is truly a climb as the volcanic terrain leaves a true trail up to the imagination.

After successfully navigating the chute of volcanic terrain the summit appears to be within reach and here is where the focus on keeping your head up and paying attention to the trail markers is needed again as it switchbacks a rocky cactus filled game trail to the mailbox. Once at the mailbox it is an unrivaled 360 degree view of the Sonoran Desert. Starting from the Northwest is Flat Iron, Weavers Needle, snowcapped Four Peaks, the quaint mining town of Superior, Apache's Leap, snowcapped Pinal Mountains, the Catalina's were tough to distinguish due to distant haze but we saw them, and a coming back around is a far bump in the distance know Camelback Mountain where everyone in the Valley of the Sun wants to see or be seen by all.

If you are looking to be seen or a casual stroll for a nice view this is not a hike for you. We saw a total of three other people on a Saturday morning hike which was a nice change from the crowded trails closer to the valley and the views were far superior, no pun intended, than any other. This is definitely not a weekly hike but a must do on your list of Great Arizona Hikes.
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