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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2011
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.73 Miles 2,113 AEG
Hiking4.73 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.33 mph
2,113 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Since most of the accomplishment on this hike was done by John, be sure to check out his triplog:
http://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=69259

Everything seemed to work out great right the start... not much business so I was off work 3 hours early, leaving plenty of time for an up-and-down Picketpost summit including recon for a route down the east. I was just heading out past the TH sign when John called to let me know his Reavis Ranch hike was completed and he was on the way near Lost Dutchman State Park. I was 1.2 miles and 25 minutes out when John texted me as he drove into the TH lot, and with a quick glance down I saw him park the car. With only two goals in mind at the top, 1. leave mail at the box and 2. recon the NE slope I figured I'd slow down so I wouldn't wait long for John. As it turned out although I made it up in 70 minutes he arrived barely 10 minutes later.

Heading over toward the east we met a pale-faced young man who said trail wasn't marked with Picketpost Trail signs. My first thought was :roll: when John said something like the trail is pretty easy to follow and the guy responded that there wasn't anything the way he came up, pointing toward the EAST. For an instant I thought, what?!! He just beat me to the eastern approach??!! To confirm I asked if he had come up from this way and he said yes, from the TH. That's when we realized he was clueless and told him the TH was in the opposite direction. It appeared to be big news to him so it was a good thing he had met us.

After the man headed away John commented he sure had a lot of sunblock on his face (which at first I had attributed to being very pale) to which I responded, well, I think it's too late for him meaning the sun must have got to him already because if he couldn't tell what direction he was going with the sun shining over a clear sky, he's a bit touched in the head I'd say.

That small drama over it's time for our recon to begin. With a few glances down a ravine facing SE it seemed part of it was doable but very steep so we continued to a tall rock cairn just feet from the edge of the plateau. As we passed the cairn it appeared there had been some traffic going toward the edge and when John looked down he said this is very doable. Consulting my GPS track this was barely 59 feet above the highest reached point of my second eastern attempt. And while I'm thinking Wow! I was only fifty-nine feet short of my goal?? John's already preparing to hike down the east, hike the 4.2 miles out to the 60 in Superior then hitch-hike back to the TH. While that was certainly doable, with the extra time it may take it wasn't an option for me.

So we took the fall-back position for John to head down the east while I returned to the west TH. Then I'd drive around and out Telegraph Canyon Rd until we met up when we'd return to his car. I stayed above watching him for 10 minutes or so to make sure he made it down the first few hundred feet then got him started along the route I had taken down twice before. Then I set out on the return to the TH.

Initially I took it very slow going down as my left knee was already making its complaints known. Farther down I realized my return route was over twice the distance of John's descent down the east and if I kept going that slow he'll probably end up walking all the way out to the 60 before I got there. So once I hit the lower reaches of the trail I jogged whenever possible making it to the TH in 56 minutes, just about the time I took down the east on my last attempt. I was sure John kept a faster pace than I had on the eastern slope so I wasted no time heading around to pick him up. He had moved fast enough we met barely a 1/4 miles past the point a normal car could have driven so a shuttle up and over is certainly doable without requiring a 4x4.

A big thanks to John for his help with the last piece of the puzzle! :worthy:
We'll do it from the east soon!
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