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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
rayhuston
Hiking9.27 Miles 819 AEG
Hiking9.27 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
819 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
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I met @AZLumberjack and @rwstorm at the Picketpost Mountain trailhead for a planned hike around the mountain. After arriving and chatting with Jack and Randy for a bit, Randy decided last minute to pass. He hadn’t hiked in over a year and wasn’t feeling up to it. We chatted for a bit longer and agreed to try again at a future date. I hope we can. It was very nice meeting you Randy. I look forward to hiking with you in the future!

Jack and I set off with a plan to hike in a CCW direction. At the new signage, we decided instead to go east and check out some new stuff we saw on the sign. It was fun walking through the canyon along Arnett Creek. It's quite scenic with excellent views of the mountain to the south.

At about the 3 mile mark, we turned north on what appeared to be a new trail heading up to the perlite mines, and later connected with the northern section of the circumference trail. Jack had been to these mines before, but from the opposite direction. This was all new to me.

Once at the mines, we took a break, looked for Apache tears, talked to numerous others doing the same, then headed back towards the circumference trail. At that point, we talked about going back the way we came or making a loop out of it by finishing the northern part of the circumference trail. We decided to make it a loop.

On the way down the trail/road, Jack pointed out a few things to me: some ruins, the airstrip, where the remnants of Pinal City were, the site of the old mill, etc. Lot of history through here. We meandered about, looking for signs of the old town. Not much there but old rusty metal here and there. We eventually came across ruts in the bedrock caused by numerous back and forth trips by wagons carrying ore to the mill. Must have been some heavy loads going through there. Wow.

From here on, it became an adventure. The northern section of this trail became difficult to find or follow. It my have been due to the highway 60 realignment or just lack of use. We followed the railroad tracks until we noticed what appeared to be an old utility road closer to the highway. This turned out to be the "trail." Noisy along the highway, but easy walking. We followed that until we dead-ended at a culvert about 5 feet in diameter that ran under the highway. The track we followed indicated we should be heading in that general direction so we stooped over and headed through the culvert. Mistake.

Once on the other side, we ended up near the Arboretum parking lot. We now knew it was a mistake being on this side, but we continued on, crawling under a few fences, bushwhacking up and over a couple of hills, under a couple of more fences until we finally reached the trail we started out on. I was a little worried that this might have been too much for Jack, but not a peep : rambo : . He was still upright and smiling at the end, probably a little sore that night and the next day, as I surely was.

I always enjoy my hikes with Jack. I hope this didn't mess up the chance for future hikes. We had a good time through most of it, but next time we should probably stick to the plan. Good hiking with you, Jack. Hope to see you again soon.
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