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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2002
Fritzski
Hiking 1,921 AEG
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1,921 ft AEG
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Although you will see Picket Post Mountain named
either way, I believe it is correctly spelled as two separate words.  This is
shown on an old foundation dated 1917 next to the mineshaft at the
beginning of
the hike.  The mountain
earned its name during the 1870s when it served as a lookout post (called
a "picket") for Gen. George Stoneman's infantry troops headquartered at nearby
Camp Pinal.  It was the "Old Military Trail" that supposedly connected this Post
with Fort McDowell in the present day Fountain Hills area.

 

The paved section of road
just before the trailhead is indeed the old alignment of highway 60.  One can
just imagine an old Model "T" trundling along on the verge of overheating with
every hill.

 

Some Internet hiking sites
put this hike at up to 6 miles round trip, but 4 miles seems closer to reality. 
It is a very
nice hike and
Mrs. Fritzski,
AzScrapper, and I did the left trail up and the right one down as Joe
suggests.  We really enjoyed the
unique climbing
features and
views. 
Definitely a lot of "bang for the buck!"

 

A couple interesting
observations:

You probably can't help but
notice the cement poured at the top next to the mailbox (which, by the way,
desperately needs a small pad of paper if you happen to be on your way), but if
you look really close you will also see some rocks cemented in place and little
cement foot holds poured in the
smooth rock
basin area. 

You'll also encounter a
small "cholla
forest" on the way down, but it is solely of the "Teddy Bear" variety, which
is much less common in this area than the ubiquitous "Chain Fruit".
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