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Picketpost Perimeter Day Hike
Superior
November 23, 2018
by Tamar Gottfried
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Trailblazers before Picketpost Mountain. [photo by Dave]
front: Lin, Li, Monika, Yanis
middle:  Rebecca, Laurie, Tamar, Vicky
back: Andy, Carl, Ron, Steve, Ramona, Debbie, Tom, Biljana, Michael

18 Trailblazers opted out of shopping on Black Friday and decided to walk off the turkey hangover by meeting at the Picketpost Trailhead for a stroll around the mountain. As there was a large REI group with similar ideas, we kept our group together and approached the trail counterclockwise as planned.

The hike began on the Arizona Trail with desert saguaro and mountain rocky views. As we hit the backside of the mountain, the Arizona Trail route veered off and we continued in and out of dry washes until we reached a nice open area with water flowing a little, perfect for a mid-hike snack.

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We got off to an early start on the Arizona Trail, passage 17. [photo by Dave]
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Picketpost Mountain from Alamo Canyon. [photo by Debbie]
cactus
Little cactus with big berries. [photo by Dave]
spider
A friendly tarantula. [photo by Dave]
green
Algae took over the first pool of water. [photo by Dave]
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Trailblazers on the march. [photo by Li]
lizard
Lizard poses for a picture before running away. [photo by Dave]
rock
In the shadow of a mighty rock. [photo by Dave]

The second half of the hike was in riparian vegetation, with fall colors galore and sweeping views of a rocky canyon. We even had a few tiny water crossings.

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Brilliant fall color in Alamo Canyon. [photo by Debbie]
hikers
Do you see what I see? [photo by Li]
picnic
Rocks above a pool. [photo by Li]
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Tom, Debbie, and the autumn leaves. [photo by Li]
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The perfect picnic spot. [photo by Li]
gold
Golden leaves line the trail. [photo by Debbie]
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Lin and Li amid the golden leaves. [photo by Debbie]
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Let’s talk this over. [photo by Li]
Li
Li enjoys the golden leaves. [photo by Li]
Tamar
Tamar knows the way. [photo by Li]

We ended the hike back in the open desert. Invigorated by our 9 mile jaunt through desert beauty at its best, we returned to the Valley to continue the holiday weekend.

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updated November 26, 2018