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10 by photographer avatarAZLumberjack
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking5.97 Miles 504 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   1.98 mph
504 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Wednesday morning (11-03-21), I left home at zero, five : (dark) thirty (that's 05:30am) heading for Picketpost Mountain to check the Arnett Canyon for any signs of Autumn colors. Along the way, I was looking directly into the tiny sliver of the remaining moon, hoping I would make it to the old corral before it go too light out.
Well, I made it with time to spare, so I got some shots of the moon along with the old corral, the still functional, windmill and even caught Picketpost in the background.

The trail that I'm hiking is called L.O.S.T. (Legends Of Superior Trail), which follows the Arnett Creek through a scenic canyon. The Telegraph Fire, earlier this year, has left several burn scars along the way, but as you get closer to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the fire signs fade away. The trail's fairly easy to follow but can be hidden for short stretches by tall grass, but the canyon's narrow so you won't get L.O.S.T. :)

After a mile and a half, you start getting into the tall Cottonwood trees that line the bottom of the canyon. It's pretty protected down here so the trees are still a 'hard' green and don't show signs of changing for another few weeks (that's quite typical here in the desert). I continued on until my GPS told me I had gone three miles and made my turn around. On my return trip, I was hiking in the bright sun and was now running into other hikers and a couple of horseback riders on their way out.

FYI: On my way into the trailhead, the gate across the road was closed and locked. I've been here early in the mornings in the past, so this was a big surprise. As I was checking it out, a voice called out and said he was going to open the gate and let me in. The man, who was camping inside the trailhead, informed me that he was a FS Volunteer from Idaho and this is the way he spends his winters. He also pointed out a sign that says "Day use only, sunrise to sunset" so his orders are to close & lock the gate. Learning something new all the time.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
 
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