Back on the comparatively flat portion of the hike, another photo with my red line roughly marking the route. The only thing I can think of that might cause that is . We are the same age and I spend a lot of time alone, which most of the time does not bother me. Sunrise Simulator – uses your own lamp. BTW, the Queen Tunnel was completed in 1952. I drive about five miles, crossing two wide washes. “I plan on leaving in the morning. . The amount of work and engineering it takes to create a safe tunnel like that is beyond my scope. 7.0 mi . The sudden noise startles me. I hope that the PTV is whole again, and that Sue and Bridget can move on to their next adventure! She’s chasing one of her dogs that has escaped its pen. Not my usual camp standard! Picketpost Mountain Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. I seem to have very limited internet use here, but I wanted to tell you that my first tow was a success – 1600 miles without a problem – unless you call getting stuck in a snow pile the first night – or hitting a bump on the highway and bending the jack stand a problem – the actual towing, including dancing around in gas stations was actually relaxing. “Double the pleasure”, to paraphrase an old commercial. | Buena Vista, CO The vibe at Oak Flat seemed a little, uhmm . Let me be clear again: This is a tough hike. I wrote in this post, “I almost never drive in the rain.” Well, once I said that… guess what? Having read back over your blog about when you were here I remembered you said you had camped by the ‘kissing stones’ and you had pictures. [And so does my solar]. Hi, Sue! I picked this mountain at the last minute, over my morning coffee. Hi, Janis… I can report that there is no echo when my head hits the roof as we go through the tunnel…. I’m driving in the rain this morning. From the summit, I could see back the way I came to Picketpost Mountain. Hike report and photos by Steve Garufi. Wishing you and Bridget a very Merry Christmas. Hope you are pleased with it!! Total Nerdery Picketpost Mountain was named in 1870 by soldiers stationed at a military camp by its base. The cliffs are massive when seen in person. You can disperse camp on public lands as long as you use a campsite that’s already there. Keep it simple: Hike on the Arizona Trail and turn . A pleasure! I am searching your blog for that gadget (Wilson something??) . Here I am at Sawtooth Canyon near Barstow, on my way south. and so we couldn't contact him to see how he was doing. Let’s move on . My hubby and I have a 17-ft. Casita Spirit and have been on the road with it as long as 58 days at a time but still have a home to come back to in Missouri. BTW, what is the clearance for that tunnel? It's a 2005 Chevy Express Van with a V-8, 5.3 liter engine and equipped with a 200-watt solar panel on the roof and two AGM batteries inside. Somehow I had This is a relatively difficult, albeit short, hike up to the Picketpost Mountain summit. Akk! Beyond the tunnel I pull over to take these photos. We continued up the gully. When I thought I had it fixed I asked readers to sign up again. Sharon. Hope you finally get that door successfully installed. Yet no campsites. Take care , Maybe our paths will cross again. Thank you for asking! Even then, you only cut up trees that are already down. Hugs to you both from Bridgie-baby and me! However, at that time, I was somewhere below Point A by a number of feet and steep cliffs were seemed to be my only options. Picketpost rises 2000′ above the small town of Superior, and with no connecting ridgelines or other summits nearby, it stands prominently above the valley. I guess the forest service figures we have enough established campsites from the days when people were allowed to camp wherever they wanted. Sarah Simon - Mar 4, 2019 10:14 am Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2019 Great little mountain . a mile before we approached this last hill. hiker coming up. We stopped in at the Copper Mountain Motel so that I could meet Troy, the manager who had helped set up our shuttle. Thank you for the compliment. Again … I think of a blogorino and they appear! SECOND: Behind me, much of metropolitan Phoenix, including downtown Phoenix, could be seen with the naked eye. Do not go alone, especially if you've never been there. | 14ers Praying that each part of your day turns out wonderfully ! and we scrambled back down together. Only established campsites can be used.). I first noticed this spectacular mountain during my first tour of the Southwest, when I wandered throughout New Mexico and Arizona in 1994. Happy trails…. Safe travels to you and bridge. It would seem that at some point someone had to build the first fire ring…. Camping: The pit toilet is at the trailhead, but camping there isn't allowed. Fences and roads make for easy composition, pulling the viewer into the photo. As for me I think this is the reason behind my getting two. Yes, everyone has different standards of what "tough" is, and I'd like to think my standards are We felt sad about this in the moment, That was fast, Janis! An easy 9 mile loop that goes around the base of Picketpost Mountain with very little elevation change and starts out following a mostly dry creekbed. Picketpost Mountain is mainly flat on top. I plan to order it through your Amazon link if available. Beyond the two spur roads near Route 60 I don’t discover any more campsites. Funny; I just found out that my friend Reina has been following you all this time (she bought her new Casita on my recommendation, which was based on your experiences). By the time I reached the top, there was only one other group up there at the same time. Hello, RV Sue! Half the lot is used for horse trailers, and the other half fills up with hikers and mountain bikers by late morning. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. In the distance, those have got to be mountains near Tucson and perhaps even as far as Mexico. The ominous silence is killing me. A social trail begins from Interesting. BLM Is free but no facilities. I think folks like to hear the noise echo inside, but the noise is really loud if you aren’t inside of a vehicle…. This strikes me as odd because this is national forest, the ground is firm, and the vegetation is healthy. Begin on the Arizona Trail for a short distance (my guess is 0.4 miles?) (One is not allowed to make a new campsite on public lands. I happened to read her comments and figured out that it’s her. When I see things like that tunnel and road cut thru the rock to get there I am reminded by the amount of effort, the amount of sweat that road took to put in. Since it’s time to leave Oak Flat and to dump tanks, I decide not to wait until tomorrow when it might be rainy. love ALL the photos and Bridges narration of the arboretum was quite entertaining. Try riding a motorcycle thru that tunnel when the car behind you decides its time to blow his horn…. Oh sue, Along with all the obvious essentials for desert hiking, I recommend the following "extras" for Picketpost Mountain: Gloves - Very helpful because you will do some moderate Class 2+ and 3 manuevers. Yes, I’m ready to move on from the door episode. I know this because I was camped more than 300 feet from the road at a campsite the day before the new rules went into effect and I had to move. You found the kissing stones! Long Sleeve Shirt or Long Sleeve Pants - Very helpful considering the contact I’m glad you and your husband are enjoying your Casita! These rules were established to keep vehicles on roads, rather than driving all over destroying virgin land (think ATVs). 0.1 mi away. Amazon notes that the code has expired – disappointing. If a train is crossing above you while you go under you must lift both your feet up off the floor of vehicle. Thanks for your inspiration Sue. You better check this out. One thing I enjoy about the desert is coming upon beautifully arranged (by nature) rock gardens. The Outbound Collective SECOND: U.S. Highway 60 on the far left. A sign comes into view “Rod and Gun Club.”  Whenever I’ve come across a gun club sign, I haven’t found campsites anywhere near. Who knows why…. And darn it–it wasn’t even the teachers! She, like us, on her own, mainly stays in Texas, and has a lot of knowledge of how to fix things. There is a water trough, down near the base of the windmill you'll drive past on the dirt road. Picket Post Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Superior, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. I am anxious, too! We had hiked for approximately one mile on a well-marked trail, Hope your day goes well at your home where eagles fly, geese gather, and squirrels celebrate the harvest. I look forward to the next adventure! Save 25% (up to $10) on any book sold by Amazon (3rd party sales are not included in this deal). We say hello and in the course of conversation she reminds me that I’m reaching the time limit for camping here. A topographical map would be helpful. The next day while walking I was looking for the kissing stones. Picketpost Trailhead—Tonto National Forest, Superior, AZ. I hate winter, I stay cold, my skin cracks open and actually bleeds (hands, feet, elbows,ankles) I have really dry skin anyways. THIRD: Facing directly down near the summit. The door is painted and ready for installation. It was tricky. So, I wonder if it is just me? I show this picture to give you a visual, because As we came down (click the photo to view it at a larger size), Anyway, two are better than none. You know what occurred to me today? If I’m wrong on that, someone will correct me, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way it is. This is facing toward the south or southeast. Very true, Rob. I remember when I was a child the covered bridges in the area where I lived had a sign at both entrances that read, “Blow horn.” The bridges were one lane and I suppose one couldn’t depend upon headlights to know someone was coming — if that someone was in a horse-drawn wagon and it was dark. Or by campsite do you mean you want to clear an area of all brush or something? After crossing Alamo Canyon it reaches the end of the passage at the Picketpost Trailhead. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. And it’s actually only in the 30’s right now. just the sound of a few rocks rolling around. The top is a fairly large mesa top with a few false peaks. She had failed to make the turn down. Bingo – new desktop! I wish you and Bridget all the Best life has to offer you. Looking forward to that visit. HONK! Tricia jogged ahead for the rest of the way. I rode it north to south and it was a great ride. This mountain is a tough climb that should not be taken lightly. In my latest edition of AZ highways Magazine, there is a Reynolds Creek Campground on hwy 288 (take Hwy 188 about 20 miles north of Globe, take a right on 288) and its about 28 miles up there…May be one to check out…The article was for a hike to Hell’s Hole Trail sounds like a dilly and not for the faint of heart! | 4-Wheel Drive scrambling up rocks and wiggling between bushes in the steep gully. This desert region is lush with saguaros and other cactus. I have psoriasis on my elbow and it bled down by arm, but no worries, I was fine. Safe travels! lol To get your 25% off, enter the code BOOKDEAL25 at checkout. Thank you! There was only one problem though, I had to be back in Mesa by 1:30pm no matter what. Long time no write, but have been following you and crew every step along the way. Not all established campsites can be occupied. This is the west side of Picketpost Mountain. Stash Tea Holiday Teas Six Flavor Gift Set with Festive Holiday Lid. The trail wraps around to the west side of Picketpost and somewhat parallels the Alamo Canyon drainage. Dear Santa–Can you please wiggle your nose or something and fast forward to Friday afternoon? Also, we heard from other hikers :). I want to get him a gift..any ideas? | Grand Junction It’s been a long time! If I get the chance to explore that road, which is beautiful around the town of Young, I’ll approach it from the north/northeast and avoid having a stroke while at the wheel. It’s been fun reading about the places you’ve been camping at that we’ve stayed at in the recent past. but we felt even more upset after it took us approximately four hours round trip. I may have to rename my city from the 3rd layer, as right now it is so blasted cold there is no way it could be that close. When she arrived, Gotta’ go… Time to get dressed and head out in the PTV for the new door! Thanks, Michelle, and wishing you the same. . After walking quite awhile I spotted them, and as I walked toward them I realized….hey, that’s my campsite! and the risk of slipping or sliding is worse when going down. Old campsites beyond 300 feet are no good. Fortunately my heart resumes beating. Grandjan. Tempe, AZ to Globe, AZ bicycle ride in 2011. Forum; Regional Bike Trails and Rides Forums; Arizona; Where is the Picket Post Trailhead ? This is what I wrote, “One is not allowed to make a new campsite on public lands. Hiking down the steep gully had its challenges. From the parking lot you will start out on the Arizona Trail until you reach the turn off to begin your accent up the mountain. Oh well, Denise… Your heart is in the right place! (Near Superior, AZ.). I know you’re glad to be out of Oak Flat, but it served its purpose. Hike to the top of Picketpost peak near Superior, Arizona. It does seem that way. I do appreciate you making a habit out of accessing Amazon through my blog. 0.6 mi away. In a photo they look like a rock pile one could knock over with one’s foot. Picketpost Mountain is a former volcano that stands as a landmark for the town of Superior and U.S. Highway 60. 2,029 ft. Picketpost Western Loop. However, I'll tell you now that I couldn't obtain an adequate map of the mountain. Glad your heart is strong. Follow the jeep road (formerly known as Alamo Canyon Road) for about ten minutes to the first jeep trail coming in from the left. I met her in person a couple yrs ago when she RV’ed to PA to see her mom. You NEVER have to clean an oven…wow, mind boggling…..guess what I was doing when that random thought popped into my mind…. Hmm . Even if driving. Christmas break will be here soon! . Yes, Amazon has gift cards. but from now on, whenever I drive past it, my soul will smile even more with the memories of this day. Never mind entering via the lottery - Jeff is working toward qualifying for the Leadville 100 this year. He had wandered too far down and needed to come back up toward us. The trail takes you to the top of the mesa and all the way across it to the other side where the actual peak is. HONK! We did it! It’s fortunate that you are at Sawtooth when the campground is empty (Love when that happens!). google_color_bg = "FFFFFF"; Shoes With Good Traction - There are many steep sections on slick dirt paths or steep rocks, I have Izzy with me but Curley Joe is back in PA at my daughter’s. By the way, for much of the morning, we had hiked in the shade. Thank goodness your door is ready! google_ad_width = 728; the worst of the insane climbing was over. | About This Site, Copyright © www.ColoradoGuy.com - All rights reserved, I wandered throughout New Mexico and Arizona in 1994. I thought about Ajo last night and remembered meeting you and another blogorino, Pat. just had to do it, sorry, mind must have been in a tunnel or something. Sounds like the farrier is a friend as well. Sometimes their arms hung out on the trail. :). on the old 4WD road at the trailhead. There is a trail around Picketpost, as well as an AZT section that begins and ends there, and only an hour from Phoenix, so the parking lot was completely full when we arrived. I am near Houston TX right now spending a couple days with Tex-Cyn, then on to Port Aransas. google_ad_channel =""; … A while back I had some problems making the notifications widget work. It doesn’t have to be the holidays! Sunrise Simulator – uses your own lamp. GOOD news that the door is ready now!! 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