What a killer of a hike. Virtual Tour of Picketpost Mountain Trail. The hike starts on the Arizona Trail, but doesn't stay on it long. Access Info. Groups are drawn to Grapevine Campground's unique setting and expansive facilities. Climbing up, I actually separated a 200 pound boulder from the mountain, which went crashing 30 yards down the mountain and almost hit my hiking partner! There were lots of cairns, spray painted dots, arrows and orange string. I had thoughts of just continuing on the Arizona Trail and picking a nice campsite instead of scrambling straight uphill. Boulder Canyon is awesome, although takes longer to get to. This mostly on-trail hike is packed with history, great views and a modicum of good exercise. Cancel Unsubscribe. The middle 3rd of this trail is just a scramble over a bunch of rocks. On day 3 of my daughter's softball camp in Phoenix, I was going for Picketpost Mountain. “LOST (Legends of Superior Trails) is a start, and we envision Superior becoming home to the next best hiking destination in Arizona.”. The trail begins on part of the AZT, expect a fair number of people, horses, bikes, etc at the beginning. Quite the weather for the first of the year- I immediately got out my umbrella. “After the hike, I felt like crying but I wasn’t sure if it was because of the overwhelming beauty or because I had gone nearly nine miles,” Besich laughed. The trail is marked with cairns though and there is enough traffic that a pretty clearly defined trail can be seen over the boulders. The hike started out easily enough, following the Arizona Trail for 0.7 miles to an unmarked but obvious junction to the left, complete with a large cairn. There was significantly less water once you reach the river. Hiking Trails - Picket Post Trail, Superior, Arizona - ^4378 feet – Hard - Duration: 7:01. Continue straight). Summary: A short, steep hike to the summit of Picketpost Mountain near Superior, AZ. The Republic | azcentral.com. Several early morning views of Picketpost Mountain: 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: The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. The first thing we realized was that it was hot! Picketpost Mountain: Location: USA-Arizona: Elevation: 4375 ft / 1333 m: Ascent Trip Report Soon after leaving the Trailhead SW on the AZ Trail there is a new 2020 wooden sign at a junction indicating a trail to the left with the words "Picketpost Mountain TH 1.4". It is no joke. A view of Picketpost Mountain from the lower slopes. This is a difficult hike with almost 2,000 ft of elevation change and lots of scrambling and bouldering to get to the top. 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. Picketpost Mountain gets its name from an old military encampment that existed at its base around 1870, under the direction of General Stoneman as part of the ongoing Apache Wars. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The hike starts on a portion of the Arizona Trail. Even for experienced hikers, Picketpost Mountain is about as much of an adventure (and a pain in the butt) as you’ll find in the Phoenix area. Picketpost Mountain February 12, 2011 I don't even know what to say about today. The top is a fairly large mesa top with a few false peaks. I would definitely say that Picketpost makes my top favorite hikes. Length 4.2 miElevation gain 2070 ftRoute type Out & back This is a relatively difficult, albeit short, hike up to the Picketpost Mountain summit. Rate Difficulty (optional) Easy. Speaking at the March 24 inauguration of the new Arnett Canyon segment of the Legends of Superior Trails, Besich acknowledged the many individuals and organizations that contributed to the planning and construction of the fresh-cut, 1.5-mile trail section that connects with the Arizona Trail at the Picketpost Trailhead off U.S. 60. Length 8.6 miElevation gain 754 ftRoute type Loop. To hike Follow US60 towards Superior Arizona. Picketpost Mountain is an hour east of downtown Phoenix, near Superior, AZ. 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. From the parking lot head south as this trail begins to climb, and climb very high into the hills. Picket Post Mountain Hike Scuji Yama. Outdoors. After about 0.55 miles, there are some Cairns marking an unsigned trail (JCT 1L on the map) that crosses a wash and heads directly towards Picketpost Mountain. Like almost every Sunday ( at least till the summer) we took a trip to enjoy a beutiful views during the hike. In the meantime, hikers can enjoy the many miles of outstanding existing trails in Superior. It's a steady climb with a few rocky and off-camber sections. “When I first hiked the Legends of Superior Trails, I had no clue how awesome they are,” said Mila Besich, mayor of Superior. Situated at the crux of two of the Arizona Trail’s most spectacular desert passages that meet at the base of volcanic Picketpost Mountain, the newly completed Arnett Canyon Trail segment is a segue to a landscape of amazing biodiversity, history and geology. Picketpost Mountain is a difficult scramble, but the view from the top (and unusual vegetation) make it worth it. ★★★★☆ Difficult / Superior. The payoff for bagging this solitary peak? Rate Quality . A hard hike along a rough trail, Picketpost Mountain is an achievement to be sure, but not for the faint of heart — literally or figuratively. This is a difficult hike with almost 2,000 ft of elevation change and lots of scrambling and bouldering to get to the top. A short, steep hike to the Summit of Picketpost mountain where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding desert. Kellner Group Site is nestled at the base of the beautiful Pinal Mountains south of Globe, Arizona. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Overview Everything hot in and around Phoenix, Arizona The trail to Picketpost Mountain goes sharp-left at a junction, with a substantial rock cairn, and an arrow laid out in rocks pointing the way (later, on my exit, that rock arrow would be disassembled and kicked aside). At first it appears to be an old road. It is no joke. 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