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Arnett Creek Picket Post Plateau Loop, AZ
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Arnett Creek Picket Post Plateau Loop, AZ 
Arnett Creek Picket Post Plateau Loop, AZ
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,354 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.89 mph
1,354 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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Excellent hike today that started out at the Picket Post trailhead and followed Arnett Creek to about one quarter mile before the turn where I would normally follow Telegraph Canyon south on the loop around Picket Post Mountain. Looking across the creek at this point you can see trail that slopes upward from left to right. We crossed the creek and went up this trail. It is a good use trail and is easy to follow. About 2/3 the way up to the plateau you will see a peculiar wire fence which we crossed where it meets the rocks on the left. The trail thins out at this point is little more than a game trail and is more difficult to follow but it was easy going. We saw evidence that deer were following this trail. As the trail became less clear someone had hung orange-pink survey tape from various cactae and bushes. We decided to follow these and were soon on a beautiful plateau with elegant views picket post mountain, Superior and surrounding mountains and canyons in various directions. The survey tapes led us in a generally southern direction and it was beautiful hiking basically off-trail but no real bushwhacking. We got pretty confused for a while as we reached the area where we thought we should hike down. There were also quite a few cairns marking the route. Eventually we found a nice path down to Telegraph where we ate a nice snack next to the water pools. I will try to attach some cell phone pictures of this area so you can see where the trail comes down. After that it was smooth hiking the rest of the way around Picket Post Mountain on the standard loop trail.
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