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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.45 mph
1,921 ft AEG
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Made it back, and what a great hike this was. I loved it!

A few tips in case you go:
  • Until the construction is finished in this area between Gonzales Pass and Superior, finding this trail might be a bit tricky. There used to be a mile marker there, but it must have been removed during the construction. There is a windmill on the south side of 60, but it's hard to see while whizzing down the highway. There is a divided highway being created there, and you will cross the divided highway being created there to drive down the Forest Road. If you get to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (traveling east) or to Gonzales Pass (traveling west, from Superior), you've gone too far.
  • There are outhouses on site, but no water.
  • Once you start down the trail, make sure you make the left turn (to the east) when you come to the place where the two trails cross in a T. There should be a cairn there to mark the turn. If you don't make the turn, you'll be heading down the Arizona Trail to the south.
  • The underbrush is all around, even eeking over the trail in many places. Snakes and gila monsters are around, so be extra watchful out there!
  • As you come to the mountain and start the real ascent, if you are vigilant at watching for every cairn and spray paint mark, then you should be OK. As you start to climb, you will find that they are everywhere to keep you on the trail. There are so many places where you can make a wrong turn and get lost, that you should never stop looking for them, and if you don't see some marker after even a minute or two, turn around! It would be easy to be a little less careful going down, but you could just as easily get off the path and get in trouble.
  • Oh, and lastly, don't forget to find the mailbox at the peak and sign in.

At the top, next to the mailbox, is a US Government marker dated 1936. There is also a recently placed memorial marker on the face of one of the nearby boulders, to Jon L. Kraps, who died in 2005.

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