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11 by photographer avatarDarthStiller
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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,133 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.97 mph
1,133 ft AEG
 
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Continuing from our family hike last week, I continued to push the envelope to see where my kids’ limitations for hiking are. We found out very quickly this week as we tried to hike Picketpost Mountain.

As the trail started to get more vertical, things were a bit of a challenge. We got past the first nearly vertical section without much trouble, although the amount of exposure was a little concerning for me. I did this hike 11 years ago and don’t remember that much exposure along the route as we saw this day.

We continued to ascend, having to use our hands more. Things were going ok, although when I would look back to check on Dmitri, I could see was getting tired and starting to lose his balance a little bit. Once we got to where the trail makes a right turn and levels a bit, I figured that would makes things a little easier. But at that spot is where the trail goes past a point where the exposure is pretty huge. Not a hard area to walk through, but with the kids getting tired, it started to make me nervous.

We got past that point and then the trail started to ascend again for a bit. Actually, we were on a section that probably wasn’t the actual trail, but maybe a braid. It was very steep and very loose. Dmitri slipped and his leg hit a rock. He started to cry a little but was soon ok. Natasha was getting uncomfortable with the narrow, loose sections of the trail and being up so high. Radmila went up the trail a bit more to scope it out to see what it looked like once it made the left and ascended more. We all mutually made the call that we weren’t going to make it to the top. Natasha probably would be able to do it if we pushed further, but this was beyond Dmitri’s capabilities. He still did very well considering. At our turnaround point, my odometer said 1.7 miles. We were probably 2/3 of the way up vertically.

Getting back down thru the steep section to the normal trail took longer and was a lot more work than going up. I stayed with Dmitri thru this section and made sure he was able to make his way down without falling over and getting hurt. Most of this required a crab walk through the steep sections, which was getting a little rough for him thru the scree. The nearly vertical section was a challenge, as we took the section that was less vertical, but very near some exposure. At this section there was an older man who was having trouble getting up through that section and seemed to be making his own decision to turn back.

We finally got back to the normal, nearly level trail, and made it back to the parking lot without incident. It was a nice adventure for the kids, and they both did great getting thru some dicey spots along that trail. As we were packing up to leave, another family of four arrived with kids probably younger than ours and 3 dogs. They asked about the trail and I gave them a description of what to expect and what we went through. Seeing as it was already 1pm at that point, I would be surprised if they made it to the top.

After we were done, we stopped in Superior to get some lunch at Los Hermanos. First time I’ve eaten there, pretty good food.
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