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.
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.
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.
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.
The view from the top is worth the difficult hike up!!
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!
definitely a tough hike but well worth it.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!
Tough -and a little dangerous in places but well worth it. My wife and I still feel it. We used every muscle andI had to assist her in several places - she is 5'3", even holding her with one arm for a while to get her over one rock. She is afraid of heights but managed by hugging the cliffs and listening to me. (Yes a first!
Pros: Beautiful Views, Lightly Traveled Trail, Light Scrambling
Cons: Route Finding: Keep an eye out for rock piles...they are your friend
Parking: A : Large Parking Area at Trail Head
Really fun hike, gotta love the mailbox on top. Trail is at places hard to follow.
definitely make sure to go left at the trail head... we went right which took us on a circumference trail around the base and forged or own path to the top then took the right trail down once we found it at the top. took us 6ish hours including getting lost, bushwacking, rock climbing (on accident) and hanging out at the top. Beautiful views for 360 degrees and a mailbox and bench at the top to give this hike some character! make sure to enter your trip into the notepad left in the mailbox.
Make sure you turn left at the first fork. Fantastic views. I went in December. There was lots of snow on the top even though it was a high of about 60. Just be careful. It makes finding the route a little harder. Also, make sure you spend some time finding the right route up. It's kinda easily lost. I went on a Thursday and only ran into one group (3) of people. Otherwise all alone. Btw there is lots of good cell signal on the top.