Picket Post Mountain Trail

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain2,812ft
Trailhead Elevation2,398ft
Top4,379ft
Elevation Min/Max2386/4379ft
Elevation Start/End2398/2398ft

Picket Post Mountain Trail

Picket Post Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pinal County, Arizona. It is within Tonto National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 2,398 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,812 feet. The Picket Post Mt. Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Picketpost Mountain (elevation 4,383 feet). This trail connects with the following: Arizona Trail.

Picket Post Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The daunting angular shape of Picketpost Mountain intrigues all who drive along US 60 between Phoenix and Superior. A short but challenging trail on the northwest side of the mountain takes hikers 2,000 feet above the valley floor to a wide summit where, of all things, a mailbox and steel bench await occasional visitors.

Despite its imposing appearance, Picketpost Mountain has a well-established and fairly popular trail to its summit. Picketpost Trail approaches from the north-west and runs up a steep chute cut from sheer cliffs by millennia of erosion. Sweeping panoramic views abound on the summit."

"This challenging climb scrambles up and through two Sonoran eco-stems to the top of Picket post Mountain. There you '11 find a panoramic view of the entire southern Tonto, plus a little red mailbox. The trail up this mountain is not an official Forest Service trail and requires some route finding and a fair bit of guts. From the Picketpost trailhead, you'll start south on the Arizona Trail (AZT), whose passage through the trailhead parking lot is well marked.

This recently improved section crosses a couple of washes before intersecting a jeep trail. At the jeep trail, less than 1 mile into the hike, leave the AZT and go left (east). The jeep road winds straight up the hills toward the mountain until it dead-ends at the secondary trailhead for the summit trail about I mile past the parking lot. Outstanding features: Big and weird cacti, extraordinary views, cool rock formations, and a little red mailbox full of thoughts."

Picket Post Mountain Trail Reviews

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7/2/2009
Great hike! Trail is not well mark and its very easy to get off of it (I did) . The reward is just great . I wish I could have stayed longer. If you go during the hot months go early in the morning the mountain provides some good shade
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5/31/2009
The trail we took (there are several) is steep, rocky and somewhat hard to follow. The red mailbox at the top make our day. Temperature was 100 degrees at bottom. Cooler would have been better.
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12/28/2008
This was a nice steep trail to the peak which offered beautiful views of the Superstitions. Look for the red arrows/dots to guide you and be prepared to "best guess " the trail a bit too.
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12/6/2008
This hike is great, but it is more of a scramble than a hike. The trail is steep and requires lots of rock scrambling, going up steep rock faces and trail finding skills. If you are afraid of heights, please keep in mind this trail is very steep in several places. Getting to the top is well worth the effort, as you are rewarded with 360 degree views of the Supers and the surrounding area. The top is beautifully dotted with really tall century plants that make it look like a Dr. Suess book setting. Great hike!
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Trail Information

Tonto National Forest
Nearby City
Tonto National Forest
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Dog-friendly
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Features
USGS Picketpost Mountain; USFS Superstition Wilderness nationalforestmap-store.com/product-p/az-18.htm
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Nov 2018