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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Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
More Stats for AES: Picketpost Punisher A Course mountain bike route
Altitude min1,642 ft
Altitude start2,397 ft
Altitude end2,397 ft
Distance climb35 miles
Distance down34 miles
Distance flat7 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:19pmNov 13, 2017
|Cat claw vegetation a painful factor throughout ride. Worst during the first 10 miles out of Picketpost. Not much erosion damage to note.|
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