76 miles
Distance
13,067 ft
Climb
-13,068 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.

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Details

  • Race Course
  • 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 Course mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,642 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,397 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,397 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -35.232%
  • Grade min
    42.262%
  • Distance climb
    35 miles
  • Distance down
    34 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
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 | 179 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 6, 2016
Amazing bucket list ride
'The Gorge'
"The Gorge"
5:25 | 329 | 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 | 408 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Nov 3, 2014
geoff taking a fall

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:19pm
Nov 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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