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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2012
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,162 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   7 Hrs   46 Mns   1.75 mph
2,162 ft AEG   4 Hrs   41 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Well, neither Van or Brian has ever done Picketpost and I was kinda wondering what it would be like to go up there with half the pack weight.... :sweat: Not hauling Champagne, Glasses, Ice Packs, Strawberries and Cookies made quite the difference, especially coming back down... :sl:

We met up off the 60 and made the drive out. Got to the TH and observed a couple of tents pitched in and around the Parking Lot... :-k Van got his first really good look at Picketpost and when I showed him the Route we would be taking, I thought I was gonna have to pick his Jaw up off the Ground... :o :sl: He's done Flatiron a few times so I knew he'd be fine... :D

Got started up and eventually hit the area where the serious Hiking/Scrambling begins...It was a beautiful morning and we took a few Breaks on the way up to catch our Breath, give the Legs a break and just enjoy the Scenery below. I followed Brian at one point going up the Ravine and then suddenly he disappeared, but I kept going where I thought he went. Turned out he went down and I stayed up. After one slightly tricky move, :o I spotted both of the guys at the base of the big Downpour area. I was still up above them about 30 feet. Brian tried to show me an area where I could get down and join them, but I decided that I didn't want to give up the Elevation I already had.... :sweat: I ended up finding a Game Trail where I was, so I just kept going, which as it turned out, was pretty much straight up, while the Guys ended up going through a series of Switchbacks. When the Game Trail finally did turn and join the "real" Trail, I was quite a bit higher and farther along the Trail than the guys were. I guess I need to take "shortcuts" more often... :sl: Last January I was the last one to the Saddle, this time I was first...It felt really odd and I wasn't sure what to do with myself... :-s So, I laid on a Rock and enjoyed a Break until the guys caught up with me, so we could "Summit" together... :D

Enjoyed the Summit immensely and we spent quite a bit of time there, relaxing, eating Lunch, taking pictures, playing around with and joking about "The Bench".... :lol: Signed the Summit Log, couldn't find which "Book" had my entry from January, there are now quite a few "Books" stuffed in that Mailbox....

After the Summit Break, we Hiked down off the actual Summit and went over to the Overlook on the North End. There was something Metallic creating quite a Glare that we could see from the Summit, so we decided to check it out. Brian speculated what he thought it was and he was right. A Heliograph Disc, most likely from a Boy Scout Event held every year. There were some "other" very interesting "artifacts" over there as well.... :o :doh: Thoroughly enjoyed the different Views from up there and then descended back towards the Trail and started our way down. I can honestly say that with this particular Hike, the downhill is just as difficult as the Uphill, at least until you get to the less Steep sections... :sweat: I think it's harder mentally because you really have to concentrate on what you're doing or you'll be :pk: :sweat: A big Break once down out of the difficult area and then onto the Escape with promises of Food and Drink back in AJ...

On the way out, I stopped at the Windmill to take a couple of pics with Picketpost as a backdrop and was visited by a few Horses that wandered in. It was apparent that these were Ranch Horses "out on the Range", as they let me approach and one of them let me pet it and say hello... :) I was sad to see them looking thin, so it was apparent that they are not fed supplement Feed while they're out there. If I had remembered the Apple in my Pack, I'd given it to them.... :sk:

Took off and enjoyed a Post Hike Feast at La Casita in AJ along with some refreshing Drinks to boot. Dropped the guys off and hit the road for home. Really enjoyed this day! Wasn't about Hiking it fast and getting it "done", it was about being Outside, enjoying the Jaunt, the good Friends, the Laughter, and soaking up the Spectacular Views! Thanks for the company Van and Brian. It was perfect!!! : app :
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As seen from the top of Picketpost Mountain.

dry Arnett Creek Dry Dry
North of Picketpost Mountain, as seen from the top of Picketpost Mountain.
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