Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Arizona Trailhead at Picket Post- April 10th
Location: the Arizona Trailhead at Picket Post Mountain- 3 miles west of Superior on Hwy. 60. 1 hour east of Mesa on Hwy. 60.
Host: Lil Leclerc
Directions and Subject matter:
Here are the driving directions for the Arizona Trail head at Picketpost.
From Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) traveling from Phoenix east to Superior. The turn off is approximately 9 miles east of Florence Junction, you will climb Gonzalez Pass on Hwy 60 then start dropping down, at .4 miles east of milepost #221, you will turn south on Forest Road 231. This turn off on FR 231 is only 5 miles West of Superior. The turn off on FR 231 comes up fast so be prepared to make that right turn. Signs on the highway say "Picketpost Trailhead". Thompson Arboretum is only 1.7 miles further up the road from this turn off.
FR 231 is gravel but well travelled. You will immediately see the old windmill. I will be camped just beyond the windmill. You should be able to see trucks and horse trailers. There will be horse back riders, one donkey and perhaps one mule rider. So if someone wants to paint horses, donkey or mule there will be the opportunity. The riders usually leave to go riding 9:30 -10 AM. We will be camped there from April 7th thru the 12th if anyone wants to camp with us they are welcome to do so. I also will be painting each of these days so anyone can join we if they want.
I have attached a picture of my truck and trailer for reference and will put up a APAPA sign in the window of the truck. My cell phone number is 520-678-7456 if anyone gets lost.
Scenes to paint are the big mountain, Picketpost, there are saguaros, old windmill and the stone corral, great mountain scenes in morning and evening and then there is the Arboretum close by. Painters may also drive to the trailhead approx 1 mile for other scenes of interest. We can get together for lunch around 11:30 -12 noon. Reminder there are no bathrooms, other than the trailhead that has a pit toilet. I will have drinking water if anyone needs.