76 miles
13,035 ft
-13,035 ft
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.

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Trails in Route


  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Picketpost Pulverizer
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    35 miles
  • Distance down
    34 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Picketpost to Kelvin
Picketpost to Kelvin
9:56 | 231 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 6, 2016
Amazing bucket list ride
'The Gorge'
"The Gorge"
5:25 | 357 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 20, 2014
Flowy section along the gorge lip.
fall into a bush on the azt
fall into a bush on the azt
14:49 | 427 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Nov 3, 2014
geoff taking a fall

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
Nov 17, 2018 @ 11:58am
12 hours
Good trail. Fun with some challenges. Only went in 5.5 miles. Most was rideable. Some loose areas, but not too bad.
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