(null @ Oct. 13 2012, 5:54 pm)
I have hiked from Picketpost to Rogers Trough (and beyond) twice. Both times, there was no problem at all finding the trail and neither time was it overgrown. As a bonus, it had water down at the bottom of Montana Mt. both times (and at Roger's Trough as well).
Last year, I hiked Haunted Canyon. Again, very easy to follow and totally clear. However Bull Basin Trail was extremely overgrown with all kinds of sticking plants (mostly oaks) but even so, it wasn't that hard to find the trail.
My conclusion both here and with overgrown trails in the Four Peaks (Cline/Ballantine) is that it's a crap shoot if a trail crew has come through and cleared a trail or not. And it grows back in a single year.
One other thing. There really isn't much room to park a car at the Haunted Canyon TH. There might be at Miles TH, but the road in is reasonably rough and pretty far in.
I have been into the Miles TH a could of times and backpacked from the TH out to Peralta TH- one really great hike.
But I have no problem getting a cat into Miles.
Should be running out that way in the very near future.
I'll post a report.
Everything is in Walking Distance