Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Picketpost Mountain Day Hike
when Sunday, February 17, 2019
where Superior
the hike     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.
Required:
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Smiles and a sense for adventure!
•  Camera
distance 4.3 miles (a very beautiful and challenging 4.3 miles)
time 4-5 hours
EC +-2000' elevation change
elevations 2380' (trailhead) to 4380' (Picketpost Mountain).
starting at
Picketpost Trailhead 33° 16.320' N,  111° 10.563' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Picketpost Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
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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