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Picketpost Summit & Circumference, AZ
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Picketpost Summit & Circumference, AZ 
Picketpost Summit & Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2013
joebartels
Hiking12.80 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   1.79 mph
3,000 ft AEG      25 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Hiked with famous Denny and a new guy, The Eagle for the annual new years hike. Temps were about as good as it gets.

Heading up seemed a bit steeper and loose than memory served from my last hike 12.5 years ago. After re-reading my old hike we took the same route... steep right-up canyon and the sane right-down canyon on the return. It's such a beautiful mountain. Now with an official trailhead, a non-overgrown trail and on a nice in-season Saturday we passed a few groups. Lou and Dan in the first were fans of HAZ!

Next we continued on the circumference ccw. The old gang minus Father Dave was back on the Arizona Trail for a short section then we headed over to Arnett Creek. Once in Telegraph Canyon we lunched at a corral and watched a few pass along one of Arizona's prime recreation roads. Digging further into Telegraph was just awesome. The creek was trickling. It's a rare riparian* gem not far from the Valley of the Sun. When Telegraph and Arnett meet you are treated to surrounding beautiful landscape.

The good times kept rolling hiking NW through Arnett. For such a moderate hike I'm surprised we didn't see others in the riparian* areas.

Took 3 quarts, consumed 1.6 on this 45-75 degree sunshiny day.

* Perhaps stretching the term based on cottonwoods and sycamores. Might dry up on the surface. We didn't see any cattail.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Still a couple cottonwoods going out with a bang. Probably the last stage of Autumn foliage in the state. Spring should be here soon after a week or so of winter.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Telegraph Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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