Hike Picketpost Mountain

Picketpost Trailhead

Distance

4.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2200 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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So many markers

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.

Distance

4.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2200 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

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