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).
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."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Tony Padegimas, Day and Overnight Hikes in Tonto National Forest (Menasha Ridge Press).
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