76 miles
Distance
13,035 ft
Climb
-13,035 ft
Descent
3,751 ft
High Point

This is the toughest & longest option of the AES Picketpost courses. It is a lollipop shaped course following the Arizona Trail south from the Picketpost trailhead down to the Gila Rive. Riders will then ford the river in water ranging anywhere from calf to waist deep water depending on flow. The route continues on a series of jeep roads up out of the Gila River Valey over to the small town of Kelvin. From there it is 37 miles back to Picketpost along the Arizona Trail. There are no re-supply options on route. Water is available either by filtering the Gila River or going slightly off route to the Wilson Trailer Court in Kelvin.

This is truly a backcountry ride experience. Come prepared. GPS is highly recommended.

Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!
Past Events

Comments


Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login

Trails in Route

Details

  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Picketpost Pulverizer
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for AES: Picketpost Punisher A (aka: Pulverizer) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,642 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,398 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,397 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -35.075%
  • Grade min
    42.28%
  • Distance climb
    35 miles
  • Distance down
    34 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Trail transparency
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
      5:07 | 36 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Nov 30, 2018
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      5:26 | 30 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Nov 30, 2018
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT in Martinez Canyon
      AZT in Martinez Canyon
      4:38 | 43 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Nov 29, 2018
      AZT Picketpost to Kelvin segment

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 7:44am
      Jan 12, 2019
      Some catclaw beginning to creep in but overall in the best condition I've ever seen.
      more reports »
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.