Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Picketpost Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : March 24, 2018
  Trip Report : March 3, 2012
  Trip Report : January 24, 2009
  Trip Report : February 21, 2004
  Trip Report : February 24, 2000
where Superior
the hike     The trailhead is located near the end of an old mining road, next to an open mine shaft, about a half-mile from the parking lot. From here, the trail ascends at a moderate rate through scenic Sonoran Desert panoramas, as it makes its way to the base of the mountain. At the mountain base the rate of ascent increases, as the trail takes you around the numerous cliff lines encountered on your way to the summit in a series of switchbacks. The route provides a small amount of exposure and is similar in difficulty to Camelback Mountain, although the trail can be a little difficult to follow at times. Watch for the small white arrows and splotches of purple-brown paint on the rocks, as well as the usual rock cairns, that help mark the way to the top. We will encounter a large and steep slickrock area about mid-way to the top and will need to tread very carefully to navigate this section. Once on the summit, we will have a commanding view of the town of Superior below us and vast stretches of unspoiled desert as far as the eye can see. We will stop here for a rest and lunch break and take some pictures, before proceeding back down the same trail. Be sure to check out the red mailbox at the top and sign in on the logbook inside.
    From the first smaller slickrock area all the way to the top of Picketpost Mountain, there are a number of loose rock and gravel sections on the trail, which can be a bit treacherous, especially on the hike back down. I recommend using a hiking stick and wearing a good, sturdy pair of hiking boots with good soles on this hike, since both will dramatically decrease your chances of slipping and falling on the way back down.
distance 4.3 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-2000' elevation change
elevations 2380' (trailhead) to 4380' (Picketpost Mountain).
starting at
Picketpost Trailhead 33° 16.320' N,  111° 10.563' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Picketpost Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
meet 7:30 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive 40 miles from Home Depot to Picketpost Trailhead (80 round trip).

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