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Picketpost Mountain Trail

HARD 485 reviews
#5 of 134 trails in

Picketpost Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,011 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

off trail

This trail allows dogs, but users have reported that parts of the trail may be difficult for a dog to navigate.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 hour ago

Started out with the loop and made a wrong turn..committed!! Great views but what a scramble..more then expected but great views.

hiking
bugs
5 hours ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 hours ago

hiking
9 hours ago

We came out for the loop but turned at the wrong marker, we figured it out pretty quickly but decided to keep going. It was hard, not gonna lie. It was rocky and more climbing up and scooting on the butt down. Slid a couple times and fell once. It’s beautiful and worth it if you’re up for it.

rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Beautiful up and back on Sunday the 19th. Left about 9am, down about 3pm after a big picnic at the top. It's a scramble the second half up, glad we brought gloves, view spectacular along the trail and top. Saw plenty of larger dogs, there are spots to push and pull them up though. We had a friend with a previous trip, she told us to follow the white up and the red lines (not dots) down. Worked out great for us, but honestly all trails lead up and there are a few, just different scrambles. wasn't too crowded, not many kids, the ones we saw weren't happy with Mom and or Dad lol.

hiking
6 days ago

Lots of climbing up and sliding down. Lost the trail several times so look for the pink or white markings. Totally worth it for the view at the top. Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
7 days ago

Challenging. There’s points where it may be very easy to lose the trail. Perhaps you’ll have to climb, slide or bushwhack your way back but it’s all worth it for the view at the top. As beautiful as the sunset might be, I would not recommend descending this mountain at night.

recorded Picketpost Mountain Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Bit of way finding on the way up but SO worth it for the views from the top.

hiking
scramble
12 days ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

Hard to follow. Very technical

hiking
16 days ago

I loved this hike but couldn’t give it a full 5 stars because I got lost multiple times. It is poorly marked by spray painted arrows. The pink markers confused me more.

hiking
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

Did the loop around the base and went for the summit today! People say the trail was hard to find and hard to navigate but my Pomeranian and I had no problems. Stop and look around every once in a while and usually the trail is right in front of your face.

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

This hike is a challenge, for sure. Many areas require rock climbing and scramble. Although there are painted arrows, the trail is sometimes hard to follow. It would be great if the Tonto forest service eliminated the painted arrows and put up proper trail markers. Just be prepared to take your time and evaluate the options. The view at the top is spectacular and worth the climb! Makes for a fun day adventure!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

We did this hike today and it was great! We will for sure be back!

icy
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

I'm normally really good at navigating trails but I really struggled with this one, my husband and I both had trouble negotiating the trail and ended up way off course at one point. Trail markers seemed alot easier to spot going down than up. Unfortunately there was alot of icy sections and we ended turning around near the top because of the ice which made this too sketchy for me! Will hopefully attempt again at some point.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful well-marked hike, trailhead has a bathroom and lots of spaces

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail only for advance and experienced hikers and trail runners. This peak provides amazing panoramic views. Steep in the mid section however, reaching to the peak would be easy and flat trail. Be aware of pink signs. Just follow that signs/arrow and you will be ok.

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