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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.90 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   1.48 mph
100 ft AEG
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I left the Picketpost Trailhead and headed almost due East to catch up with Arnett Creek basin. There has been a lot of work on the fence lines so I had to crawl under two of them before reaching the dry creekbed. This route could significantly shorten the posted circumference route that crosses Hwy. 60 and joins Arnett Creek after passing through Old Pinal City.

There's lots of new growth on the Catsclaw so it looks like another bloodletting year, the rest of the undergrowth is doing good considering there was a major fire that destroyed a lot of this area around 18 months ago.

The creekbed has a lot of medium size boulders and only a few large ones that still don't require climbing to get over them. An old dam was an interesting encounter but it can be bypassed by going around the edges. There's a lot of old 4-inch Pipe that was laid along the creek and today it's badly rusted, bent and broken. It must have been installed long ago to fill one of the tanks adjacent to the creek.

Only saw a few cattle along the hike, but there's lots of deer tracks in the muddy stretches of the creek. I found a set of antlers amidst the skeletal remains of a once large buck (see photos). Lots of birds flying around, but that's probably because I was quite close to Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

It's an interesting place to hike, if you watch the pebbles, you can find Apache Tears mixed in with the rocks and stones. You'll find that you're always looking up as the cliffs on one side are quite steep and Picketpost Mountain dominates the views on the other side. I turned around after only a couple of miles, but I'll have to come back and explore the area some more.
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Mule Deer

dry Arnett Creek Dry Dry
Muddy in some stretches, but only a couple of potholes had water.
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