|Hiking||18.20 Miles|| 5 Hrs 20 Mns ||4.35 mph|
|4,099 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 9 Mns Break|
|Southbound - south section Shawn and Tracy suggested doing AZT# 18 over two weekends. Sounded good to me and I looked forward to it. Shawn said we wouldn't have to meet at PPost TH until 9 so Angela wouldn't have to get up too early; Thanks Shawn. As it was we all would end up at the TH around 8:30ish. Jenaya, my cousin, came along for what she was told would be and 8-9 mile hike... oops again as we've done that to her two other times now; but she's young and a strong hiker.|
We left Ambika's vehicle and Tonto at PPost TH and headed up to Reavis Canyon TH arriving there in about 1/2 hour. That road 650 is a doozy! I think you can barely break 20 for very short spurts.
It was nice to get started after that ride. Still having the calve problem but thankfully it goes away after about 1/2 hr. It really hurt today . It was fun to hike toward Picketpost as we would see it off and on all day except when we were in the canyon. The air was crisp and we had a breeze blowing most of the day.
We hiked above the corral and crossed MANY washes today. Shawn was doing his duty and sending pictures to a master website about some of the "needs fixing" areas of the trail. The unexpected highlight was going thru the 1.2 mile Whitford Canyon starting at the wide wash area that has leafless sycamores standing on its sides and then the red wall part. I just don't recall reading in trip reports anything about that. Anyway, it was quite impressive. Shawn pointed out a stone wall on the east side. As we got deeper we heard lots of bees buzzing but we kept walking and soon you couldn't hear the buzz anymore.
As you come out of this part you come up to a plush cactus and saguaro garden . It's quite lovely. From this vantage point, we could see a little bit of water. I think it was here we saw that a bunch of dirt/gravel had come down the hillside and was part way up the trunk of a large cholla. We passed by a perfect dead old cottonwood with a hole in it big enough for an owl. We would continue a little further until we came down to the stream where we would break for lunch.
After lunch we crossed back and forth across the creek a couple of times. And then it was back up above the drainage we would go continuing on a set of roller coaster hills up and down, up and down many times (8 crests over 2 miles according to my new Arizona National Scenic Trail book). It was all very gradual though. Our views of the Superstitions and Picketpost and Apache Leap would entertain us along the way . We saw several downed saguaros (looks recent). We also went through MANY gates on this trek.
And then when you see across to the TH, it seems you take a hard right west and hike as far away as possible before finally making a left hand turn and head southeast again. Finally the tunnels and then out of the wash getting up a little higher with our now, even more magnificent views of Picketpost with the sun shining on its eastern face. We ran into a couple horseback riders (English style) that Shawn knew before reaching the TH and then we had our pumpkin spice beer and TibberSnacks.
Ambika let me off the hook and I didn't have to ride the shuttle. I was glad so that I could now have time to visit my mother at the home and I told mom so; she was glad too. About 1/2 way thru the hike I thot of some more options for setting up our Sunday shuttle (We'll be coming from Rogers Trough TH to slightly south of Reavis 509 southern TH while Karl and Kathy will be hiking from PPost to Rogers). We will need a trail angel (Jack :A1: has agreed to fill that bill )to help set a vehicle Sat for our hike on Sun.
It was a great day on the Arizona Trail; had fun with everyone . Lots of video on this trek. I need to put my glasses on more often as I thot my sceneline said I had 1:55 of video but it was only 1:05:55.
Video 1 from 509 TH first hour - [ youtube video ] ...
Video 2 finally getting to Whitford Canyon (10:48AM - 11:26AM) [ youtube video ] ...
Video 3 Whitford and up to ridge 11:28AM - 1:28PM [ youtube video ] ...
Video 4 finishing off the rolling ridge and down to Queen Creek [ youtube video ] ...
Video 5 Queen Creek to Picketpost TH: [ youtube video ] ...
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.