Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Picketpost Mountain Day Hike
when Saturday, January 29, 2022
where Superior
the hike     This intensely unforgettable trail ascends at a moderate rate through scenic Sonoran Desert panoramas after about ½ mile from the parking lot, as it makes its way to the base of the mountain. At this time, rate of ascent increases, as the trail takes you around numerous cliff lines via switchbacks, which does include varied levels of exposure. We will encounter a large, steep slickrock section mid-way to the summit and care is dire, for it is hard at times to find the trail: overtime alternate routes have developed and the trail can be very slippery. It is important to pay attention both on the ascent and decent.
    At the summit, the views are spectacular and unforgettable. We will stop here for a rest and lunch break to engulf all around us. In addition, there are options to wander around the summit before heading down the mountain. Be sure to check out the mailbox to sign your own special note!
    There are many areas on the trail that are covered with loose, gravel-like rock, so hiking sticks and good, sturdy hiking boots are helpful to maintain stability. I also recommend climbing gloves.
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Climbing gloves
•  Sunblock
•  Hiking poles
•  Snacks
•  Camera
•  Smiles and a sense for adventure!
distance 4.3 miles (a very beautiful and challenging 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 The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
leader    Email the leader to confirm.  ** Hike limited to 12 people. **
meet 7:00 AM at Picketpost Trailhead
Picketpost Mountain is located approximately 5 miles west of the town of Superior and provides the scenic and commanding backdrop to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
•  Travel east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60), then heading southeast to Florence Junction.
Continue on Highway 60 east at Florence Junction. You are now about 10 miles from the trailhead.
The turnoff to Picketpost Trailhead is marked with a sign. If you get to Boyce Thompson Arboretum you have gone too far.
Turn right off of US 60 and go west on a dirt road.
Turn left and go south when you get to a “T” junction.
The road leads to Picketpost Trailhead. There is a restroom at the parking area.

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