|when||Sunday, February 17, 2019|
The hike is being rescheduled to this date because of ice and snow last time
on the mountain face.
This intensely unforgettable trail ascends at a moderate rate through scenic Sonoran Desert panoramas after about ½ mile from the parking lot, as it makes its way to the base of the mountain. At this time, rate of ascent increases, as the trail takes you around numerous cliff lines via switchbacks, which does include varied levels of exposure. We will encounter a large, steep slickrock section mid-way to the summit and care is dire, for it is hard at times to find the trail: overtime alternate routes have developed and the trail can be very slippery. It is important to pay attention both on the ascent and decent.
At the summit, the views are spectacular and unforgettable. We will stop here for a rest and lunch break to engulf all around us. In addition, there are options to wander around the summit before heading down the mountain. Be sure to check out the mailbox to sign your own special note!
There are many areas on the trail that are covered with loose, gravel-like rock, so hiking sticks and good, sturdy hiking boots are helpful to maintain stability. I also recommend climbing gloves.
• At least 3 liters of water
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Smiles and a sense for adventure!
|distance||4.3 miles (a very beautiful and challenging 4.3 miles)|
|EC||+-2000' elevation change|
|elevations||2380' (trailhead) to 4380' (Picketpost Mountain).|
|on trail||100% — Picketpost Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||Hike is full.|
|meet||8:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.|
|drive||40 miles from Home Depot to Picketpost Trailhead (80 round trip).|
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