Picketpost Mountain Trail

HARD 197 reviews
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Picketpost Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike, last quarter of the hike gets a little rougher otherwise a really nice hike to enjoy. I got on late start and it started heating up but I still enjoyed it. Dont forget your water.

1 month ago

Solid hike. Fun way up, but trail was difficult to follow. But whatever, since there was really just one way up. Views at time were fantastic though. Could see Weaver's Needle, Flatiron, and Browns peak from the top.

Coming down was very dangerous. Lots of loose rock and trail meanders.

I prefer Flatiron to this one for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

Outstanding...& hard. Left very late: 1600, which means I had to really hustle. Did lose my way a time or 2, both on the ascent & descent. Spent only 10 to 15mins on summit...

hiking
2 months ago

My boyfriend and I were very excited for this hike! Thankfully someone had marked the trail with chalk and set up many carnies to help us out. If you don’t see one in like 10-20 steps, turn around cause you’re likely going the wrong way. He really enjoyed searching for them. The view was so pretty and the mailbox was very adorable. The only downside was really coming down. No joke about loose gravel! It’s almost half of the trail going down. Be VERY prepared with water, for this was our biggest downfall going down. Thankfully we made it and bonded more over that. Overall the hike took 6 hours round trip, which would have taken longer if not the markings, so plan for spending a day here with lots of water. Not much shade so enjoy it while you find it!

2 months ago

It was aight. The view was pretty but there’s so much lose rock which made it so annoying. The trail is also hard to follow there’s arrows and stacked rocks just make sure you’re paying attention! Be careful take your time especially going down

hiking
2 months ago

My first time up to Picket Post and it was lovely. The trail ended up being easy to follow because someone has recently marked the route with chalk, although the cairns were quite good as well. As others have mentioned, you should look back often on the ascent so you have a good idea of where the trail goes when you return. The only part I disliked, was the loose gravel/sand on the steep bits going down. Take your time!

hiking
2 months ago

I read the reviews and thought, how hard can it be? Especially with an All Trails map! Even with a track to follow this hike is challenging and we managed to get off-course. Gloves are definitely helpful because of the rock climbing and possibly slips on loose rock. The view at the top is awesome and of course the bench and mailbox are super cute! But there is a lot of loose rock which I didn't enjoy sliding on during our descent. This was not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well. There was a lot of thinking/navigating involved. It is well marked with cairns, which proved to be very useful. My legs are scratched from rock and cactus but it was worth it. Beautiful views and a challenging climb!

2 months ago

Make sure you take gloves. Coming back down left my hands raw. Difficult hike but definitely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely more scramble than hike, strongly suggest not going solo for your first time unless have strong route finding skills. At the end of the day it is a short tough scramble to the top that is both challenging and rewarding. Please do not even consider using spray paint to mark a trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was more mentally challenging than it was physically though you’d better be in good shape if you want to take this one on. The trail is the worst marked and hard to follow that I’ve ever been on. I marked the trail I used on the way up with markers which saved me a ton of time on the way down and saved my neck when I went off trail on the descent. I ran into another lone hiker on the way up who claimed to have almost died because he took a wrong path and ended up stranded on a cliff. This would be a better hike if some effort was put into marking the trail correctly. Do not try this hike if are not good at reading trails and terrain. It is correctly rated as hard for good reason.

hiking
2 months ago

Took three of us four hours out and back. Two hours to reach the summit, and another two to get back down. We would have made it down a bit faster had we not gotten off trail. Markers can be hard to find at times, especially on the way down so just be aware and best to go with a partner if it’s your first time. A lot of scrambling and a few large rock formations you will have to climb carefully. Amazing view, challenging at times, climbing is fun, well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

I guess what I should have said is make rock cairns, DON'T USE SPRAY PAINT!

hiking
3 months ago

For the person who said take a spray can and mark the trail, give your head a shake!!! If you need the route marked out for you best stay in town.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Hard to follow the trail at some points and definitely a challenge for beginner hikers in terms of climbing rocks, but beautiful views the entire way and lots of fun!

hiking
3 months ago

I'm not sure how this is considered dog friendly, but I would consider it very hard. I'm a 30 yr old, avid hiker and found this to be very challenging. the trail going up was almost impossible to follow, I had to keep stopping to see if I could find the next marker. I got off trail several times which made for some really sketchy dangerous climbs. The way down I actually found it easier to spot markers. Whoever said this is like a mini flat iron, I found this to be twice as hard as flat iron. Wear good shoes and don't give up. Use the map on this app as a guide. And be careful!! I got up in 2 hours and down in 2 hours and both included getting lost haha. I wouldn't recommend doing this hike alone... I wish I hadn't... But proud of myself for pushing through.

3 months ago

Awesome hike

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. This is one where the view from the top is SOOO worth it. If you are a beginner - it is definitely a difficult hike, so go with a group of friends. For avid hikers, you should be fine. It is definitely hard to follow the trail, watch for the cairns. That will help you on the way up. The way back, it is much harder to find the cairns and you will be looking for them frequently. Look for landmarks on your way up and this will help you down. It also helped seeing other people on the trail and getting to where they were. There is definitely some rock climbing/scaling involved, wear sturdy shoes. Climbing up is pretty easy, be careful on the way down and don't go too fast or you can end up with some bumps and bruises. Also, bring a pen so you can write at the notepad in the mailbox. The mailbox is the ultimate best part.

hiking
3 months ago

Hardest hike I’ve endured yet...alone. The gain in elevation wasn’t the hardest part to conquer , but more-so the staying on the trail. I got lost too many times to count and the rocks can be very lose at times, allowing for a good fall. This isn’t until about 1.7 miles into the hike...I was rock climbing for part of the trail. There were tons of bees around, and they love the smell of sweet sweat so try to avoid them if you can. On a Tuesday afternoon I only saw two other groups, and they were coming down as I was going up. I didn’t see any snakes, but prepare for that accordingly. I tried using the gps trail the best I could, but it messes up a bit when on different levels of the mountain, just try to stay west of the wash.
To Bring: lots of water, gloves, pants, jacket, plenty of salty snacks, bug spray, weapon for safety, flashlight, solar charger for phone, sunscreen.
Also, if you are experienced and plan to do this please take up a spray can or something with you and mark the trail...that would be super awesome if you could...
&& there is a mailbox at the top, it needs another notepad for people to sign, I would have brought one have I had known!
Don’t be scared off by my post, I did it alone and I’m alive, but just be careful and take your time if you aren’t an experienced hiker/ have any climbing experience.

hiking
3 months ago

A challenging hike with technical varying terrain. The approach is long and the trail is poorly marked with numerous trails splitting off course. However, the view at the top makes it worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

Long hike but it’s awesome. Difficult hike

hiking
3 months ago

I absolutely loved this! I was scared and terrified going up but it was totally worth it. This was actually my very first hike ever in Arizona. Im not a big hiker either. I also wouldn't call this a hike, its more of a climb for the most part. You do hike at the beginning and towards the end but the middle was straight up climbing! SO amazing. I was even more scared of coming back down but that actually was the easy part.

3 months ago

this trail is hard but beautiful. The best hike I've done so far. Solo might I add.

3 months ago

Amazing hike! It’s a toss up as to which is my favorite hike thus far.... this or Flatiron. The navigating, boulder scrambling, and small climbs make this hike challenging and invigorating! At first glance it looks intimidating, but very doable, with plenty of hand and footholds. Best advice I received on this hike....”when u get close to the summit and it starts to even out... head towards your left and look for cairns.”

hiking
3 months ago

Warning—this is a climb and not a hike. So FYI depending on what you’re looking for. I didn’t enjoy it because I was looking for 1) a great cardio workout where I would get my butt kicked and 2) be alone with my thoughts. Instead I was too concerned with where my next step would be, climbing up boulders, and dreading the way down. So I turned around halfway up the gap. Others on the trail seemed to be enjoying themselves and there were all ages. So I suppose it just depends what you’re looking for prepare yourself for a “climb” to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Fourth time hiking Picketpost and finally it’s easy. The views take your breathe away. It’s beautiful!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, comparable to a mini Flatiron. Lots of scrambling and route finding, just have to pay attention and look for the cairns and spray paint.

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted this solo with inadequate shoes. Made it to the point where the trail becomes hard to discern and becomes very steep. There weren't a lot of people on the mountain and I didn't want to risk anything. I really want to see the mail box.

Definitely be going back.

4 months ago

Chi hen both

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Lots of scrambling. The pay off at the top is worth it.

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