Ben, Marilyn, Denise, Linda, Doug, Marilyn, and I hiked 9.7 miles around Picketpost Mountain. Total elevation gain was 960 feet. The trail is actually somewhat shorter than the distance we hiked; we left the trail briefly in a few spots to look around.
Last year, several of us went to the summit. Click on the link to see those photos. While I really enjoyed hiking up to the summit, I think the views on the circumference hike are better and more varied.
We saw cows several times during our hike.
I used Topaz Impression on several of the photos in this set.
Weaver’s Needle (in the Superstition Wilderness) can be seen in the distance in this photo, below:
Another view of Picketpost Mountain:
New Mexico Thistle:
Saguaros on the Arizona Trail:
Ben, Doug, Marilyn, Linda, Marilyn, Denise, and Kevin:
More hedgehog cactus blossoms:
We saw a calf on the ranch road that runs along the bottom of the southeast corner of the mountain.
This might be the calf’s daddy?
Another view from the road:
The road eventually runs into Telegraph Canyon:
This is one of the tanks from which the cattle drink:
Ben, Marilyn, Linda, Marilyn, Denise, and Doug:
Nearing the end of Telegraph Canyon…
An interesting pinnacle near the end of Telegraph Canyon:
Ben, Marilyn, Doug, Linda, Denise, and Marilyn:
Another view of the pinnacle:
The photo below is looking down the valley of Arnett Creek. At this point, we hiked up a road which (eventually) gave us a view of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Looking back (from the road) at one of the large walls above Arnett Creek:
A view of Queen Creek, which is in the canyon immediately to the north of Arnett Creek:
Another view of Queen Creek:
The rest of the group had hiked part way down the road and were looking at the vegetation growing out of the sides / top of one of the butte to the northwest.
Looking back the way we came in Arnett Creek:
Looking southwest in Arnett Creek:
Another view of Picketpost Mountain with perhaps a half mile left to hike: