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Alamo Canyon via Picket Post and Arizona Trail

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Tonto National Forest

Alamo Canyon via Picket Post and Arizona Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 751 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

I really enjoyed this hike. I was in Phoenix on business and wanted to hike a little bit of the Arizona Trail. This hike did not disappoint. I saw plenty of lizards, rabbits, and various bugs including many Tarantula Hawk wasps. The prickly pear cacti are in bloom and were looking very nice. I was hoping to see a rattlesnake but did not see any.

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Fri Apr 19 2019

Nice early morning trail, stable ground. Ran into that rattler- feisty is accurate. Recommend for family fun.

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Tue Mar 26 2019

This Alamo trail was a bit strenuous in the heat at the end of March. It was my first time hiking a portion of the Arizona Trail, so that was kind of neato. Views of Picketpost are scenic. The trek was a little goofy because we encountered a super feisty rattlesnake on the trail. After scaling off trail to avoid the snake, we had a second weird experience. With no provocation, a huge steer decided to CHARGE us. That mini-crisis was averted by standing my ground and causing a ruckus, waving my arms and yelling. Most cattle I’ve encountered-on the trail or in a pasture- are pretty docile, so this was odd in a kind of funny after-the-fact way.

This was my first time section hiking the AZT. This was one beautiful hike. I went about 9 miles total out and back. I would call this an easy hike if you’re a pretty seasoned hiker. I don’t know why this doesn’t have more 5 star reviews. I seen a cardinal, a few hummingbirds, some deer, and lots of wild cows. Tons of wildlife added to the beautiful scenery. This is of course lightly trafficked being that it’s a section of the AZT. Didn’t see any thru hikers but did see some trail magic at the trail head which was pretty cool. Would definitely come back and do another section!

Definitely enjoyed this trail and will be back to do another section of the Arizona Trail very soon! The trail is maintained and markers are accurate. There was a water cache for thru hikers and section hikers there when my fiancée and I went. For all the thru hikers and section hikers, there’s definitely a trail angel looking out for you around that section.

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Fri Mar 15 2019

This is not a review of the trail(s) in the title. We chose the Alamo Canyon Rd fire road that runs somewhat parallel to the trail. See our recording for more info.

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