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Hike Picketpost Mountain

Superior, Arizona

4.7/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

4.4 miles

Elevation Gain

2200 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Breanne McNitt

A short, steep hike to the Summit of Picketpost mountain where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding desert. 

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.  This part of the trail isn't well maintained, and is a scramble, so be ready to use those hands.  The trail is marked with cairns though and there is enough traffic that a pretty clearly defined trail can be seen over the boulders.

Once you have finished the 2,200ft climb you'll be greeted my a mailbox and bench on the summit.  Make sure to write in the summit registry before you take a seat to enjoy the views.  Walk around on a summit a bit, and you'll be rewarded by 360 degree views of the beautiful, expansive desert.

Head down the way you came up, and after some down climbing, you'll be back to your car. 

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Reviews

It is 3.5 miles one way with a est. 2,000 ft. elevation gain that requires some rock scrambling and a little bouldering depending on which way you go. There are pink arrows to help guide you but it's easy to get lost somewhere along the way. That's Picketpost! There are parts where loose rock can make it slippery going down. The trail is fully exposed with minimal shade. You will reach an unofficial mesa that you need to hike across to reach the mailbox. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen and wear hiking shoes with a solid tread. Once you're at the top, relax and enjoy the view!

The hike up picket post is steep but rewarding. Once at the top, the views are amazing. Bring lots of water!!

The middle 3rd of this trail is just a scramble over a bunch of rocks. It also seemed like maybe several different people had marked the trail. There were lots of cairns, spray painted dots, arrows and orange string. No way to follow all of them just keep heading up and you'll get there.

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