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Picketpost Perimeter Day Hike
Superior
November 27, 2020
by Tamar Gottfried
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Trailblazers on the rocks. [photo by Quy]
back: Bruce, Debbie, Michael, Billie, Felix, Chris, Tamar
front:  Quy, Tom, Li

Eleven intrepid hikers gathered in chilly 40 degree weather at the Picketpost Trailhead, ready to hike off some Thanksgiving calories. We were encouraged to find clean and unlocked facilities and a relatively uncrowded parking lot at 8 AM.

No need to fear the cold, as we shed layers after a short time.

Started on the new Arnett Canyon spur, which connects to the usual trail at about 0.75 miles, but has some new views and amazing stone steps. We then joined the perimeter trail and ultimately reached the water-poor, but still lush with fall colors, creek bed.

hikers
Tamar leads the way. [photo by Bruce]
hikers
Watch your step on those rocks! [photo by Bruce]
hikers
Watch your step on those rocks! [photo by Quy]
peak
Picketpost Mountain. [photo by Bruce]
caves
What critters live in those caves? [photo by Bruce]

Since almost all of us had done this trail multiple times before, we took a detour to the Apache Tears Mine to find some rocks, adding a mile to our day.

hikers
This must be a mine. [photo by Li]
hikers
Don’t go in there! [photo by Quy]
bones
Them dry bones. [photo by Bruce]
break
Let’s take a break. [photo by Li]
break
Let’s take a break. [photo by Bruce]
leaves
Autumnal finery. [photo by Quy]
hikers
Trooping the trail. [photo by Quy]
rock
Pass the mano. [photo by Bruce]
riders
The cavalry arrived. [photo by Bruce]
cairn
They don’t make cairns the way they used to. [photo by Bruce]
rock
It’s this way, folks. [photo by Quy]

We then rejoined the trail at another dry, but very pretty, point in the creek and took a snack break. Eventually we left the creek bed and were back in the desert on the back side of the mountain. We saw 2 Jeeps whose drivers were looking for the Arizona Trail. Then we completed our loop and were at the parking lot after 1 PM.

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updated November 29, 2020