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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2011
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,176 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
2,176 ft AEG
 
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I had been following the Cannondale Kids post about doing an Eastern Approach on Picketpost. The thought of it was intriguing, not to mention I REALLY like Picketpost in general. It's just a cool hike that is not the norm. Plus I needed to mail a couple letters.

Anyway I told Mark (Cannondale Kid) that if I finished my Reavis Ranch hike in time I would come meet him. The plan was to go up the normal route and do some recon from above. That combined with his two prior attempts would hopefully reveal a way to accomplish the mission.

Once up top we signed in at the good old red mailbox and then headed over to the North-East. There is a white horseshoe cross up there and just South of that is a large cairn. We looked over the edge from a bunch of spots. We were really close to where Mark had almost made it up on his last attempt before cliffing out.

Here's the thing! Just below the cairn is a weakness where there is a bit of a rock slide and a way down. It isn't the best and there may be better routes but it looked doable. I tried to convince Mark to have a go at it and then hike down Telegraph Canyon road to Superior. I had envisioned hitchhiking from there back to the trailhead. Mark wanted to save it for another day since he had prior plans and this would take a long time.

Then Mark offered to hike down the normal route and come around and get me on the dirt road if I wanted to give it a shot. I figured what the heck. On the way down I started to second guess my decision. Although the rocks are large they aren't very secure. I took it easy and slow and Mark waited above for a bit to be sure I was going to be able to make it. After about 10 minutes or so we were good and he went on his way.

I would say there are a few ways to accomplish this if you are into such a thing. It should be noted that the road (Telegraph Canyon) requires a 4x4 after the first couple miles. A passenger car could go as far as the little camp area. From here you would need to hike the road up a ways. The ox-bow in the road is a good place to start from.

If you attempt this be extremely careful. The rocks are loose and there are lots of cliffs with big drop offs.

Hopefully my next trip up and over Picketpost will be from the Eastern Approach.

Mark that was super cool and it looks like we figured out the last little piece for you to conquer your mission. Thanks for letting me be a part of it! Also thanks for coming around and picking me up.

Merry Chrismas Everyone!
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