Picketpost Mountain Trail

HARD 25 reviews
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Picketpost Mountain Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles 2253 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running


wild flowers




1 day ago

Absolutely in love with this hike! It is most definitely a challenge, and I highly recommend gloves and good hiking shoes for the climbing/scrambling part. The trail isn't super well defined, but we followed white arrows/cairns on the way up and blue arrows/cairns on the way down. Took about 2 hours to get up and 1.5 hours to get down. All I can say is that the juice is worth the squeeze, the views up top are absolutely breathtaking!! Take time to look at the items in the mailbox, read inspiring quotes/stories, and if you take something be sure to leave something. So neat!!!

10 days ago

13 days ago

14 days ago

Picketpost is a great hike. This first 1/3 of the trail is pretty easy, the 2nd part is a nice steep hike, and the last section is a steep climb. Take lots of water and food for the top. The climb is relatively dangerous, so keep that in mind, as the decent is often more difficult.

15 days ago

20 days ago

Challenging and beautiful! Some rock climbing and a decent amount of hand over foot scrambling! Beautiful views at the top! Bring a trinket to add to the mailbox at the top!

22 days ago

First time here....was a great hike!

1 month ago

2 months ago

My wife and I (74 and 72) took our grandkids (13 and 15). They led the way and saved us many false trails up and down the best and most challenging hike we have been on in our 60 years of hiking. Great views. A must do on your bucket list.

6 months ago

6 months ago

Difficult trail. Not well marked, so very easy to get off trail. Lots of cactus and loose rocks. Beautiful views from the top. A fair amount of scrambling and some very steep climbing in dangerous areas. Good hiking shoes and lots of water recommended. Hiking gloves also a plus.

6 months ago

Easy-to-find trail marked well that makes a gentle climb up and past the entrance to Picketpost heading south. Continue south (you are on the AZT) for a more winding walk that keeps climbing.

7 months ago

The view from the top is worth the difficult hike up!!

7 months ago

This is a technical, treacherous climb. I recommend wearing gloves since you will be clinging to rocks on your way to the top. If you have a fear of heights you may not want to try this. This scramble includes many steep drop offs and slippery rock sand that can send you to your final resting place. Be cautious, take your time!

7 months ago

7 months ago

definitely a tough hike but well worth it.

7 months ago

Word to the wise - Don't slide on your butt down a hill in Cactus Country.

This Hike Rocks! The climb is questionable at times, but the view from the top is worth it. Let's put it this way, the first time we went we took our young son and dog. We lost the dog down a steep incline. Dog was fine, but we decided if he was rolling, we might too.

My wife and I got someone to watch our son and dog for the second attempt. This was wiser than we even thought once we neared the top. The trail is easy to lose, and there was some bouldering to make it over the last hump. Be prepared! Bring a First Aid Kit, and don't bring your kids if they are young.

Once you reach the top it flattens out and feels almost like another planet. Pretty amazing. The views of the surrounding desert are pristine, and the surprise at the top is so worth it. Send some mail to a loved one from the top of a towering peak, and relax your weary legs as you stare out into the horizon.

Lots of traffic at the bottom, but not much near the top. Bring lots of water. Do this if you are ready for a fun new Adventure!

8 months ago

Fun, steep and fairly technical trail. Navigation is sometimes sketchy, but once you get to the top the view is sublime. Coming back down, navigation is still sketchy but with luck you won't find yourself teetering over some random cliff. Technically harder than Flatiron trail, IMHO. Your mileage may vary.

The trail is challenging. There are a few sections which are fairly exposed and potentially dangerous if you are reckless or a spazz. Relax and traverse these with confidence and care and you'll be OK. If you have an issue with heights this is probably not the best trail for you. It's not too bad but there are some pucker-inducing sections.

Getting to the trailhead is easy, it's a nice dirt / paved road and the parking lot is big. Toilets are at the trailhead. Say hello to the cows as you make your way up from the flatlands.

9 months ago

One of my faves
Potential Challenges: lots of scrambling and crawling and steep climbing up -- and even more challenging getting down; different paths to the top; watch out for snakes and spiny cacti;
View: 360 - 4 peaks, weaver's needle, apache leap, superstitions, camelback! and so worth the tricky climb! leave/ read notes in the red mailbox.

10 months ago

Tough trail and easy to get lost. Please bring pens, lunch, patience and some pain killers for your return. I highly recommend hiking with someone and highly recommend starting early. Take your time and place your markings for returning can be tough doing crab crawls. Ouch!!!!