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11 by photographer avatarAZLumberjack
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking8.56 Miles 1,249 AEG
Hiking8.56 Miles   5 Hrs      1.71 mph
1,249 ft AEG
 
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Saturday was a beautiful day for a hike--so what the h.ll went wrong? I met up with Randy (@rwstorm) and Ray (@rayhuston) on Saturday morning around 08:30 at the Picketpost Trailhead for a planned CCW Circumference hike.... everything going normal so far. Randy and Ray hit it off talking about their past injuries and I think that's where Randy talked himself out of going on the hike with us, but he did want to meet Ray for the first time, so there's hope for another get-together at some later time.

The parking lot was quickly filling up with cars and horse trailers as Ray and I hit the trail. I haven't hiked this area for quite a while so I was really surprised to see all the new trail signs and the improvements to the trails. I made a decision to change our circumference plans and start going CW going through the scenic Arnett Canyon. Boy, this ain't anything like it used to be, the trails are wide, soft and well marked. The canyon was as scenic as I remembered but the creek was dry and most of the trees had lost their leaves. We hit some damp areas where there was some left-over color in the giant Cottonwoods though.

Somewhere about the three-mile mark, there's a canyon intersecting from our left, we found a trail and followed it and soon I recognized the the mine tailings from the old Pearlite mines where we used to search for Apache Tears. I convinced Ray that we continue on into the area, since he had never been to the old Pinal Ghost Town area. Lots of pickup trucks in the area and lots of people out enjoying the January weather. We walked through Pinal and I wanted to show Ray the old wagon-wheel tracks in the bedrock. That whole area is so beat-up from the ATV/UTV/Jeep crowds that I couldn't recognize anything but finally we found them right where they should have been. Yup, so far, everything's still going good.

Then the crap hit the flywheel. We crossed over US Hwy 60 looking for the trail that would take us back to the trailhead but only found the RR tracks and a road under the powerlines. We ended up going under or through about eight barbwire fences, walking the tracks and the road and going under the 60 again through a culvert to low to stand erect, bushwhacking through dry washes and the foothills until we came insight of the parking lot. Through it all, Ray kept mumbling that we should have continued on with the circumference trail and I finally had to agree with him.

CONCLUSION: Far too crowded, but that's probably due to COVID and those seeking to get out of quarantine and a nice weekend day. If you haven't hiked the area within a few years, you're in for a whole new learning experience. And Randy didn't miss so much afterall.
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