75.9 miles
10,398 ft
-10,401 ft
3,750 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.

Detailed Description
AES: Picketpost Punisher A (aka: Pulverizer) is a 76 mile expert race route located near Superior Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 10,398 ft with a max elevation of 3,750 ft then descends -10,401 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

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Velocirapturd3944991 (Dec 5, 2020 at 7:59)
I rode it north to south and it was a great ride. Took me 6.5 hours (including half an hour total for snacks) so you need to be decently fit. The climbing was not nearly as hard as I anticipated -- if you are used to climbing the technical trails at South Mountain then these climbs will be a breeze. 2.5 liters of water was enough for me. I only saw three hikers on a Friday in December.
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Eltoca21 (Nov 7, 2020 at 17:10)
Tough ride. Good fitness required. A fair bit of hike-a-bike. This trail is a bit of a conundrum. If you look at the elevation graph, the initial climb is no problem. The descent has punchy hike-a-bike climbs peppered in it which is disappointing. The flat bit is not so flat. Ensure a good supply of liquid and snacks. Do this ride in the cooler months.
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DrHog (Nov 13, 2017 at 20:36)
Take the average ride time (I saw 4:53) as wildly optimistic. Budget 6-8 hours. This ride really stretches much water you need to carry. Full Camelbaks and bottles were not enough. Seriously consider filtering water out of the Gila River at mile 21 as the last 16 miles take longer than you think.

Trails in Route


  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    Picketpost Pulverizer
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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More Stats for AES: Picketpost Punisher A (aka: Pulverizer) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,629 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,397 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,395 ft
  • Grade
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  • Distance climb
    33 miles
  • Distance down
    33 miles
  • Distance flat
    9 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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