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May 24 2021
PrestonSands
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Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Hiking3.40 Miles 554 AEG
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Night hike while on the way to Show Low. Parked west of Superior and journeyed west through downtown Pinal City. The only residents this evening were cows. Lots of them. Crossed Queen Creek and went up to the rim of Arnett Canyon. Dropped down Arnett, where the temperature dropped and the nearly full moon made awesome silhouettes with saguaros and rocky crags. Climbed out the same way and went back down the road to Queen Creek. Slipped on a steep spot and bloodied my knuckles. Checked out the site of Martin’s Blacksmith Shop in Pinal, then worked my way east along Main Street. Made a wide loop on the east side then back to my truck. All restaurants were closed in Superior, so a Circle K sandwich sufficed for a very late dinner. Stopped at Timber Camp for the night where a screech owl was hooting among the pines.
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Apr 29 2021
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.65 Miles 2,736 AEG
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i wanted to do this sometime this winter/spring but figured i had missed my chance. that random storm that came through gave me one last chance before it gets too hot. so i took it :)

did the summit first. it has been a long time since my last trip up here. love it. saw nobody until i was about 2/3 of the way down then just saw a solo hiker.

did the loop CCW. nice to be on AZT tread again. the rest of the circumference was new for me and i was pleasantly surprised by the stretch along the creek. there was water in many places and everything was green. awesome!

only saw 3 hikers all day and a couple on horses. warm but not overly hot. i started around 715 so that helped.
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Jan 24 2021
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Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Pickles
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A nice, technical loop around Picketpost via AZT, Telegraph Canyon and Arnett Creek.
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Hiking13.70 Miles 2,940 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.48 mph
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I have been wanting to combine the Picketpost Mountain summit with the loop around the mountain, so we decided to do this hike today. I shamelessly stoleborrowed the name of the hike from @survivordude, who did this hike back in the fall.

We did the summit first and then did the loop CCW. The summit was fun as always. We did not see anyone until we had done most all of the descent.

The first half of the loop was very uninteresting to me. Thankfully things really picked up when we got to Telegraph Canyon and Arnett Creek. There was still some fall foliage along with some water in the creek; some shade cover; and some interesting geology.

If I go out there again to do the circumference instead of doing the full loop I'll start off doing the loop CW from the TH, go through Arnett Creek and Telegraph Canyon, and once the riparian area ends I'll turn around and go back to the TH. The other half of the loop might be worthwhile during spring wildflower season, but other than that it just doesn't seem very interesting to me.
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Jan 04 2021
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
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Daytripper
Hiking11.70 Miles 1,294 AEG
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Decided to try this after the weekend was over, good choice as only saw four other hikers, one bike rider but 3 groups of horse riders tallying 16 equestrians in all. This created a number of obstacles to avoid in order to prevent adding barn cologne to my hiking shoes. Surprisingly I saw no cattle today! After leaving the Arizona Trail behind I headed down toward FR 4 and then Telegraph Canyon. Pleasant setting in here for a coffee break with some fall foliage remaining though much of it on the ground. Further down canyon was able to take a clear path through the jungle no need for the rocky embankment escape. Some water flowing here just enough to hear it, saw the horses stop and take a sip. Went past what I would call the connector road to the Perlite Mines which resulted in a bit extra distance as I ended up coming down it eventually. Next reaching new signage at the junction of LOST 221 and Arnett Canyon I proceeded on the newly designated 221 through the gate and up to Perlite Rd ,where it’s blocked to vehicle traffic,to overlook Rt 60 and Queen Creek. Instead of dropping down just followed the road eastward staying up high past the strip mines and the backside of the Perlite Mines. On reaching the mine entrances I could hear the metal on rock of a “miner” working so I stayed out. Gathered up a few loose tears and headed back down to Arnett Canyon. Resumed the LOST 221 toward Picketpost TH. After passing the arboretum tank and before the last gate more new signage . Decided to continue on the same route I’ve taken before now designated LOST 221 back to the trailhead, sign indicated 219 was shorter by .2 miles :D

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Dec 31 2020
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Hiking5.75 Miles 600 AEG
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Did this as an abbreviated Arnett Canyon hike, starting from the north near Queen Creek. Shauna and I parked near Pinal City ghost town and then made our way south. Queen Creek had some water flowing and a couple of large pools at the road crossing, but we were able to stay dry when crossing by using a log bridge and a path that hugged a rock wall. We walked the old road to the Apache Tears mines up to the north rim of Arnett Canyon and then dropped into Arnett itself on a new trail link. We went down canyon in Arnett a ways, then up canyon, and also did a side hike into lower Telegraph Canyon. Hazy gloom clouds overhead made it a bit chilly in the shady canyon. On the way back I gave Shauna a tour of Pinal City, complete with historic photos. We watched the setting sun turn Apache Leap reddish-orange as we enjoyed a tailgate happy hour at the truck. Capped off the day trip with some Mexican food take-out at Los Hermanos in Superior before heading home.
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Dec 12 2020
ShatteredArm
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
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Run/Jog8.57 Miles 753 AEG
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Didn't have a plan for today, but wanted to get out and do something quick. Realized I hadn't gone all the way around Picketpost, although only a couple miles were new to me (thought it was more than a couple miles).

Telegraph Canyon was nice, little bit of flow in a couple of spots, but not great water. Arnett only had one large stagnant smelly pool. Still pretty in there though.

One of the nicest low desert routes in the Phoenix area. Thought it would take me much longer than it did, and was tempted to go out for a second loop - but the thought of being able to get a nap in today sounded nice.

dry Arnett Creek Dry Dry
Only one large stagnant pool near the Telegraph confluence.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Telegraph Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Intermittent. Not great water.
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tibber
Hiking6.87 Miles 581 AEG
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Saw a FB post that the Arboretum was getting very colorful so I went for the autumn double. I opted for the Canyon first because the sun is finicky with Picketpost and creates shade rather quickly, thus muting the fall colors. I bandaged up my heels and headed on my way.

I came across relatively new trail that takes you up and over to the left toward Arnett Canyon. The distant view at the top before you descend is pretty outstanding. I couldn't really see the burn area that well in the Montana Mountain area. I went thru the gate, past the little dam and to the first of many dry creek crossings. Needless to say, it was a lot easier hike this year since there wasn't any water to negotiate. Last year, Kelly had to throw a couple rocks out so that we could get across the first crossing. Little did we know we would be having to get creative to get across the water in the creek.

Eventually I would come upon some yellow-leaved trees and even some rust and chartreuse colors too. As I worked my way further east there would be more trees, thus more color. The sun seemed harsh in some areas so I was disappointed in some of the photos. I wasn't initially going to take any movies but how could I not :stop: . I would hear some saws running and ran into Jonathan Patt, the Volunteer Coordinator for www.wildarizona.org. I asked him if he knew Shawn and he did, of course. He tried to recruit me for trail work right then and there :lol: or at least for this weekend's event of eradicating oleanders and tamarisk. This weekend they're moving brush they've cut and applying the herbicide. It takes a couple applications.

And then I was on my merry way enjoying the contrast of the desert canyon on my left and the trees and creek on my right. I came upon one area that I thot was close to the confluence with Telegraph but I was still about 1/2 mile short of the end where I did encounter a large group of senior hikers getting ready to head back. The areas of the creek were quite full with color. :FG: During a moment of incredible beauty I found myself saying "Take that 2020!". I have to say, my phone took some incredible video through here. I really like how well it does with filming. The colors are plenty saturated and crisp and the stabilizer works almost perfectly.

On the way back I thot I would eventually catch the big group but they took a detour so I ended up ahead of them. I was glad I wouldn't have to deal with getting around them. I ran into several horseback groups and maybe 3 other hikers. One thing about the horses trodding through here, it seems to be turning some of the trail into sand. Otherwise the trail is in good shape with such a variety of things to see. There are two trails that offshoot from this that take you over to Perlite Road but then what? It does look like you could make a loop and come back into the canyon. I'll have to see if I can map it.

The last 1/2 mile is the "hike for beer" so it went by fairly quickly. I ate my lunch, took a short nap, and then headed for the Arboretum. The windmill was running so I stopped and filmed that for a bit.

Three videos for you; mostly heading east and a little bit heading back. Like I said, the quality is quite good, especially in the creek area with the trees. I tried some new music with the first two and as always, when I hike by myself, there is a bit more narration than normal. HOWEVER, after watching them on my tv, the color is too saturated. So I need to tone it down.

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Watch: 6.45 miles in 3:02:53 at 2.1 avg MPH. Burned 1029 calories, 69.8 degrees at 12:56PM, 14% humidity
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Oct 18 2020
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Hiking13.20 Miles 2,840 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.39 mph
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Couldn't decide on the circumference trail or the summit trail, so I did both. I did decide to do the CW loop first and then the summit after as a challenge. It was quite the challenge.

Circumference - Where the cows go to poop.
Seriously, beginning in the parking lot, it was everywhere. After a short while, there was a gate separating Arnett Canyon, which put a temporary hold on the pies. Arnett Canyon was a desert dream of a hike. It goes right along the (dry) creek on the flattest, softest dirt I have ever hiked on. The whole AEG for the entire trail was like 10. I loved it. Typical of most desert canyons, there were a lot of big green cottonwoods lining the bottom the whole way through. It was really beautiful. I could only imagine seeing this area in the spring or when the creek is flowing. After another gate, the turds returned with a vengeance. The section through Telegraph Canyon had several pools of water and some real lush, green areas. It would have been fantastic, if not for .. all .. the.. poop. After a while the trail goes up across some small hills, follows a road for a bit, and then goes right off into another canyon to finally meet up with the AZT. In hindsight, I would have taken the Alamo canyon trail instead of the actual AZT because AZT winds in and out of the hills, while I could see the flat, soft, straight trail looking all smooth down below the whole time. 9 miles was a good warm up.

Summit - This reminded me of a shorter, more intense Flat Iron. After the few first hills up, the intensity increases. A lot of scrambling and exposure gets the heart pumping. Route finding is not necessary as the white dots, pick ribbons, and red arrows lead the way all the way up. Rock cairns are so pre-2020. It was a lot of fun climbing up on the ledges and through the bushes up there. The actual summit is still another .25 miles after you get up top. I didnt spend too much time up there because I was burnt out, and wanted to find some shade to take a break. Passed one other solo hiker on her way up as I was headed down. From the AZT junction, up, and down to the parking lot in 2.5 hours.. not bad.

Check this one off.. I will have to come back for that summit again, though, it was a fun adventure.
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Apr 11 2020
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Hiking4.00 Miles 291 AEG
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Mar 22 2020
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Arnett has some decent climbing, who knew? Still getting the knee back in shape, so only climbed a few moderates. Then we enjoyed the beautiful setting and walked the dogs down to the creek.

I hope everyone is hanging in there during these strange times. Good luck and stay well.

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Feb 29 2020
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog11.75 Miles 950 AEG
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Did the inaugural Copper Corridor trail race put on by Aravaipa Running. Typical event put on by them, great venue, well marked trails and stellar execution. Started off in downtown Superior and ran down Main Street until we hit the suspension bridge just off the main drag. Part of the race hit the brand new (as of 5 days ago) L.O.S.T. (Legends of Superior Trail) that took us from downtown over to the community swimming pool. Some great trails that had us dipping in and out of water crossings.

Then from there we hit a combination of dirt roads and trails until we hit Arnett Creek, spent about 5 miles going through the creek while we made a loop back to the town of Superior. Creek was flowing and got my feet wet more than once. All I can say is this part was spectacular and scenic, very pretty to run through.

Looped back around via some dirt roads back to the L.O.S.T. and finished the race in downtown Superior. This looks like a trial run to see if future editions will commence, the race was capped at 300 participants doing everything from a 12K to a 50K race. The whole town seemed to get behind this, the bars opened early and they had live bands playing by 11 AM for us after the race for our post-race refreshments.

The L.O.S.T. is supposed to be a connector trail from the AZT to downtown Superior. Early feedback is that the trail was put in by Americorps in order to get some economic benefits for the town from the AZT passing close by. It was pretty cool to run on trails that were created days before.
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Feb 15 2020
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Arnett Canyon from Picketpost TH, AZ 
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Hiking6.20 Miles 587 AEG
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Rosa and I(David, Member) explored Arnett Canyon on Feb. 15, 2020.
One can enter this Arnett Canyon from Picket Post Trail Head.
There are two ways going into this Canyon. One starts from horse lot and proceeds to a trail marked Arnett Stream.
It goes about .6 miles before merging with a trail started at the Picket Post TH.
It was an exploring hike for Rosa and David. We hiked to 3.1 miles in and out. On our way back we took the trail (at junction: N33° 16.383’ W111° 10.101’) that lead us to the Picketpost Trail Head.
Through out the hike the canyon greeted us with numerous stunning rock sculptures and running streams.
We had to cross a dozen times to cross the steam which was clean and manageable to cross it without getting shoes wet.
Attached are photos that I captured - Arnett Canyon Photo Expose’.
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Hiking5.03 Miles 388 AEG
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Hike w kids. Dedicated creek to trail (east side of lot) was enjoyable, nice steps chipped into rock, thanks to FS volunteer/site host for pointing it out. Path along creek was pleasant, crossings were plenty and easy, kids enjoyed the water a bit much, all expected. Was tempted to throw in the mine too, figured five miles was far enough for the gang (especially the 2yo). On the way back we started bumping into others, including two groups of horses that allowed gentle pets. Warm haul out of the creek, everyone made it with no carries needed.
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Hiking4.70 Miles 619 AEG
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Explored the Arnett Canyon and side canyon area. Enjoyed the cool of the canyon shade and occasionally some sunshine. Water trickling in spots. We will be back.
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Hiking7.09 Miles 728 AEG
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Really beautiful day for this hike. The trail condition along the creek is the best I have seen, looks like some recent maintenance and re-routes have been performed. Nice water flow but easy enough to keep your feet dry at the creek crossings. We hiked up to the first site were we started to find some Apache Tear Rocks and started mining :lol: Brought back memories of when I was a lot younger where the family would come out here and do the same, with a bucket and small pick. Once done, we hiked back down to the creek and had lunch and then made our way back to the trailhead. Saw two groups of folks riding horses and two pair of other hikers. Hard to beat this weather right now.
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Hiking5.74 Miles 352 AEG
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Easy hike with the kids. Lots of mud, and the creek was flowing pretty good. The kids got to test out their waterproof socks with 100% success. Had a snack break just before 3 miles and turned around there. Crystal clear skies when we started, but starting to get gloomy by the time we finished. Such a pretty area and the kids had fun exploring.
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toddak
Hiking12.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Summit then Circumference CCW - great stuff! Nice flows and still good reds and yellows in Arnett and Telegraph.
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Arnett & Telegraph Canyon, AZ 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.35 Miles 1,292 AEG
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this hike came about from a comment tibber made on joe's recent triplog
did the circumference loop with john in 2014; have only done picketpost summit since
angela suggested arnett and telegraph canyons, then visiting the rock walls up to the east
got going around 9:15 or so
cool temps, but i could have worn shorts
good color in the canyons and a LOT of water flowing from the storm friday morning
we had a couple dozen creek crossings, it seemed
stayed dry on the first few, then plowed through the water on several others
angela was nice enough to let me use her poles
took our time sight seeing and photo taking
where telegraph canyon opens up, we went off trail to the rock walls that bruce and joe visited
one of them was quite long
took a break up top
nice views of superior, apache leap and picketpost
dropping back down, we checked out an arch near the road
found a way up into it from the west
returned through the canyons, enjoying the flowing water and afternoon light
beers (root for me) and cheetos at the trailhead, thanks to my hiking partner
nice to get out with tibber again - it's been too long
good choice given the sycamore and cottonwood colors, flowing water in the creeks and a beautiful day
thanks, angela :)
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Arnett & Telegraph Canyon, AZ 
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tibber
Hiking10.42 Miles 1,213 AEG
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I haven't had a chance to experience some of the fall colors others have this season (except West Fork at the end of October, trip report and photos pending) so when I saw Joe and Eagle's trip report, I thot this would be the ticket. Plus I want to see that wall up close.  I was at BTA on Wednesday and the color-turning had just started.  I was showing Bill (and his wife Candy) from glacierchat around.  He leads the Shangri-La hike from Many Glacier Valley over to Iceberg Lake for the Glacier Mountaineering Society (no mountaineering really required for that hike).  Wendy and me hiked with him and some other Minnesotans in 2018 up at Glacier.  I also took them over to Canyon Lake and they were duly impressed being from Minnesota.

No need for an early start so that we could give the temps a chance to warm up a bit. This was a good decision as it was still nippy in the shade.  We were surprised to see so many vehicles at the TH, figured there must be some sort of group event but who knows.  We geared up and went up the little hill to the left and down into the Arnett Creek Valley.  It's always great when a hike's scenery can impress you right off the bat and this hike did that throughout.  What we didn't expect were the multiple water crossings.  Kelly decided to add a couple rocks to the creek water so that we could get across a little easier.  She picked up some pretty good sized ones too; that FedX training is paying off :lol: .

So now we're wondering if there might be more like this and soon enough, yep, another one.  Well this one was a little trickier because it was wider and deeper so we went downstream and eventually found a place to cross, my choice being much easier than Kelly.  I would eventually learn that following Kelly for these was not necessarily my best option 😉 .  I'll follow her just about anywhere else.  This particular shore was a bit of a scramble to get back to the main trail too.  We would continue these crossings for nearly three miles.  It was nice to hear the creek running as we made our way via the cliffs and trees surrounding us.  It was such a great day.  We were so thrilled with all of this.  My video is way long, thus two sections, many parts.

We did encounter about half dozen hikers along the way but only in this three mile section; Otherwise we were on our own.  None of the folks we encountered seemed to be bothered by the creek crossings either.  We did try to keep our feet dry but often wondered if that would be frivolous but it wasn't for the most part.  Kelly did manage to get her feet in the water a couple times.  We liked seeing the desert varnish on the cliff sides and sometimes you could see and hear the water as it added to the varnish.

We blew by our exit to Telegraph Canyon but once I saw we were getting past the finger rock, I knew we needed to go back.  We were so busy looking ahead that we kind of neglected seeing the cairn for the southern turn.  Once again a big creek crossing would need to be done as we made our way to Telegraph Canyon.  We stopped to admire the finger rock and then continued on our way.  The canyon opens up pretty wide here before closing in a bit as you continue south.  There was a little more creek crossing from time to time but not as deep or wide as Arnett.  However, we did come to a bit of a box when we couldn't find the trail.  We looked around for a bit and I finally decided that the way ahead had to be straight and it dawned on me that maybe part of the tree had broken off and its leaf-filled branches were on our path.   Sure enough, I made my way through and yelled back to Kelly that I found the trail.  She couldn't see me initially but once she got closer I showed her the branch and that she just had to move the other branches out of the way.

We continued up and down a couple times and lost the trail again.  But we noticed this big debris pile that was at the end of a drainage coming from the east.  We thot we could go up and head toward where the road was but then we saw a bit of a trail on the other side of the debris so we took that.  You have the option to go straight or head left so if you want to take our route head left.  I believe the straight ahead continues the Circumference trail.  Soon we saw a couple ribbons and I remembered from Bill's conversation with one of the store owners in Superior that they are continuing to develop trails for LOST.  I suspect this might be one of them.  We then saw a little pool of water coming from a little waterfall from above.  We thot that was pretty cool.

We got closer to the top and crossed over the water that was flowing into the pool below but then the trail and ribbons were gone.  We just kept heading toward the road when we encountered another road where the trail resumed.  To our right we saw an arch window.  It was really quite big.  And it had a little other arch to its right too.  We would consider that later as our mission was to find the stone stacked wall and lunch. 

We got to FR4 and headed north.  We ended up going further than we needed to on the road but I needed the elevation work (not knowing what was ahead of me, sheesh!).  So we hiked back a bit and then headed off the road and straight up the hill.  I thot this wall was on the side of the hill but nooooo, it would be all the way to the top.  It just didn't look that way in the pictures I had seen.  And I thot it was nearer to Hill 3464.  Kelly got up there about 5 minutes before I could finally see her.  Of course, the views going up are pretty spectacular so I had to stop for a few pictures and catch my breath.

And then the rock wall she found, isn't quite what we expected but she figured the main wall was further south.  Anyway, it was lunchtime and what a view :D .  Had to put my windbreaker jacket on though.  Once done with some lunch I did the obligatory 360 before we started our hunt for the rest of the wall.  It didn't take long to find it.  It is as tall but much longer than the wall we had lunch above.  We walked alongside of it but was also checking for a way over it to maybe access what Kelly called a bit of a ramp to get us down.  Alas, the wall did its job and there really wasn't a way over it so we went back to the other wall to head back down the way we came.  The edges of this hill are steep so your getting down choices are limited.
It seemed to take almost as long to get down as up since we still had to avoid the sticky plants but mostly ocotillos.  There was some bedrock to hike down toward the bottom before I finally made it to FR4. 

We almost hiked right past the intersection we needed to turn on and then decided to go take a closer look at the Arch.  Kelly, of course, decided she needed to see if she could get up in it but from this side, the last bit is straight up.  So before I knew it, rather than coming down and over to where I was, she was going up and around to the backside.  And she says even I can do it so I eventually make my way to where she is and up I go.  The view is great. Still surprised no mention of this window arch on HAZ that I recollect seeing.

On our way back down to Telegraph Canyon we notice a little pool with water running into it via the little drainage we cross.  This pool feeds the lower pool along the trail.  We get back down to Telegraph and continue north.  We came to the section that was covered by the tree and it appears someone had made a giant hole in the branches so that was nice.  As we head toward Arnett Canyon we walk along the running creek and so enjoy that along with our view to the fall colored trees and finger rock ahead.

Going back down Arnett Canyon we are faced with the same water issue but we're better at jumping over or stepping stone across the creek.  We had hoped for different light but we mostly had shade as it's been a few hours now since when we first went through.  The falls colors :FG: are still pretty though and the big boulders/cliffs are lit up by the sun which is a dramatic contrast from the shade we are hiking through.  One area, instead of going across the creek, Kelly just headed straight which ended up being a good decision as we were able to avoid two creek crossings so keep that in mind if you have a clearer area to proceed.  We've seen no one for several hours now. 

We continue to enjoy the hike but know we have that one crossing we struggled with this morning.  Alas, we were able to get across it pretty easy as we found a short cut and on another we threw some additional rocks to aid in getting across.  We thot the creek might be running lower by this afternoon but that was not the case.

We passed by a couple trails, one that Kelly thinks she was on with Johnlp to check out some Apache Tears and one I think Larry OregonHiker or Kingsnake had been on to get to one of the hills.  You can also spot along the top of the hillside some landmark rock sculptures that can be seen when you're at the Arboretum.  As we came closer to getting out of the canyon, I noticed a use trail over to a stone wall just to the south of the dam.  Didn't feel up to checking it out as it was getting late.
Last chore is to get up and around the hill via the meandering of the trail that takes one big sweeping switchback that's probably not necessary at all.  When we arrive back at the Trailhead a lot of the vehicles are gone.  We head over to Tonto Jr and end up talking to the Campsite host.  This is his first winter in AZ.  He and his wife also host up at Idaho near Troy, MT.  They said they've really enjoyed their time here so far.  They will be in residence until March.  He said it was pretty toasty when they arrived in October.  Anyway, we shared some stories back and forth which gave us time to finish our beer before our drive back to our meet point.

We intend to put this on our list of hikes to do for late next fall.  We may not get the water but hopefully time it to get some fall color and do some exploration.  Glad to see the Telegraph Wall and bonus Telegraph Window Arch.  Thx Kelly for the great company and running point or should I say splashing point, ha!

Still working on the videos and will add them to the trip report as I can. I have a lot of video cuz there was lots of water thus a lot of crossings to film:
Arnett Creek Part 1 - [ youtube video ]
Arnett Creek Part 2 - [ youtube video ]
Arnett Creek Part 3 - [ youtube video ]
Arnett Creek Part 4 - [ youtube video ]

Telegraph Canyon and the wall and down to the Arch and back to TH via Telegraph Canyon and Arnett Creek (I think it's a 4 parter too :o ):

Part 1 incl music from HAZ's LosDosSloFolks - [ youtube video ] (Telegraph Canyon)
Part 2 incl music from HAZ's LosDosSloFolks - [ youtube video ] (to the Wall and back down to the WindowArch)
Part 3 oops, found an error with title, shoot. Will have to fix and re-load. Strangely, it looks fine this afternoon. Let me know if you think the title is in error [ youtube video ]
Part 4 [ youtube video ] Arnett Canyon
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Trees were in varying stages. Some looked a bit ratty from the several storms that have passed thru here.
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