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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17
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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking24.80 Miles 3,544 AEG
Hiking24.80 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.76 mph
3,544 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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I've wanted to start doing sections of the AZT for awhile now, and I think Karl has finally caught the bug! We were discussing where to start and logistics, and I happened to mention that once we did it one direction, we would need to do it the other way. :whistle: I didn't necessarily mean we needed to do both directions at once!

There were several people milling around the Picketpost Trailhead when we arrived. We headed south and soon were passed by a trail runner. It didn't seem very long and he was coming back the other way. We chatted a bit about the amazing trail conditions and he likes to come out there to do an eight mile run. The trail is slight ups and downs until reaching the Picketpost Circumference trail about 3.5 miles in. Then the trail meanders in and out and up and over at a very gradual grade. The last two miles is up hill, nothing steep, but you know you are going up.

We had lunch where 17 and 16 meet. There was a tree there with several plastic jugs under it. The jugs are all brittle and cracking we carried out two apiece.

Heading north, we knew we would only have two uphills for a total of 800-900 feet, leaving plenty of time for pictures and taking in views and not having to watch the clock. Just after crossing Telegraph Road, we heard and eventually saw several Quads on parade. We crossed paths with two mountain bikers.

When we got back to the intersection with Picketpost Circumference we took a little break. Karl wanted to explore the Circumference trail, I was hesitant (aka lazy) until he mentioned that if I went a little further I could set a new personal longest distance day hike record. Where the Circumference Trail crosses Telegraph Road, it appears to be a popular camp spot. We picked up some more plastic water bottles to carry out.

Back at the Trailhead, we saw several people setting up giant telescopes.

One section done, only 42 to go! :y: If anyone wants to do some AZT and needs help with shuttles or key swaps or what not, let us know!
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