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Difficulty 4    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,398 feet
Elevation Gain 1,921 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.61
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joe bartels
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Age 44
Location Phoenix, AZ
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0.2  Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
0.2  White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3
0.2  Picketpost Circumference
0.4  Picketpost Western Loop
0.8  Arnett Creek
1.2  Boyce Thompson
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     Teddy Bear Cholla
     Texas Betony
     Tufted Evening Primrose
     Western Spiderwort
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Tricky Hoot!
by joe bartels

Mobile Version
2010 Update: The trail is easier to find from the now maintained trailhead than described below.

Hike: Head out south on the Arizona Trail from Picketpost Trailhead. Follow the jeep road (formerly know as Alamo Canyon Road) for about ten minutes to the first jeep trail coming in from the left. On this trip there was an AZT marker just before the turn. Take a left onto this jeep road which takes you closer to Picketpost Mountain. Follow this jeep road about eight minutes to the end. Here you'll encounter the trailhead for the ascent. Notice how ten steps onto this trail and you've already gained ten feet in elevation.

This trail is rarely if ever maintained. Thick low lying vegetation will brush your legs in many sections after the second trailhead. The trail takes advantage of a ridge to crawl up the left side of a ravine that follows up to the top. There is an option to cross the ravine. This alternate trail makes a supposedly easier switchback ascent (lower section only). I recommend taking that on the return trip. Continue going up the ridge. You know the easy stuff is over when you come to a very steep section. Can you say precursor. If this little slope intimidates you, forget it and turn around now. Steep slopes containing loose gravel and/or cacti will be encountered many times over.

The ridge and trail take you away from the ravine to the north. Steep-loose-gravel sections on this part are easy to go up but the thought of going down might put a damper on the mood. That's why I recommend the alternate trail on the south side of the ravine coming down. When the trail makes it back to the ravine you feel a little better knowing you can't fall as far now. Arrows painted on the surface since the first steep section below now become more important. Keep an eye out for the arrows and paint marks and you'll save precious time. Although similar to the Flatiron it seems more technical in my opinion. This trail crosses over and dips in sections as opposed to a beeline ascent.

It's too small to be called a mesa and too big for a butte so I don't know what it's called but this mountain has a flat top. When you reach the lip you'll notice the top is slanted up to the east. It's a pleasant stroll across the deck to the peak. Vegetation is abundant. Near the final section you see a red mailbox in the distance. This is the top. You're strutting your stuff up to the peak thinking you're the king and all. Then you open the mailbox. Only to find there's a trail log larger than the phone book of Superior Arizona. These books usually offer good remarks about the trail and a little humor too.

The mailbox is cool, but don't forget the views! Holly cow, this is the spot. You won't get a better view of the Apache Leap ridge. How 'bout the superstitions! Ya have Superstition Mountain on the west end followed by Weavers Needle over to Iron Mountain and yes the Four Peaks. And without a doubt, the best view of the Catalinas north of Tucson from this far away. They almost look close. Maybe it was an exceptionally clear day or something, I saw more than expected.

360 Panorama (sorry, not to good)

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    Directions Preferred Months Mar Apr Oct Nov
    Water / Source:none
    Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise5:45am Sunset7:01pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit
    None

    Forest
    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    Directions
    Print Version
    To hike
    Follow US60 towards Superior Arizona. Picketpost Mountain is the huge mountain looming above the Boyce Thompson Aboretum on the south side of the highway. It's 0.4 mile east of mile post 221. The turn is signed "Pickpost Trailhead" and leads you to the trailhead.

    2008-05-08 dshillis mentions: With road construction going on in the area where the turnoff was, the mile marker 221 is not being there. If you are looking carefully you can see the windmill marking the turnoff, but it's maybe a 1/2 mile south of the US60 and if you're not being careful you could also miss that.
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