36 miles
Distance
4,361 ft
Climb
-4,365 ft
Descent
3,323 ft
High Point

Don't be fooled, just because this is the shortest of the three options doesn't mean it's easy. Bring a GPS and know how to use it. Plan for a backcountry experience. Water/food is available at Circle K in Superior near the halfway point. Expect some bits of hike-a-bike. Whitford Canyon is often a mess, keep your eyes peeled for the trail. Telegraph Canyon is an extreme 4x4 jeep road, it will test you both mentally and physically. Finish with a bang on the 7+ miles of AZT back to Picketpost trailhead.

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Details

  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for AES: Picketpost Punisher C mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,321 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,400 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,397 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -23.432%
  • Grade min
    24.834%
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
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      Nov 30, 2018
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
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      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.
      AZT (Ricewater Ridge)
      May 26, 2018 @ 7:34am
      May 26, 2018
      Very loose rock and sandy sections.
      FR8
      May 26, 2018 @ 7:34am
      May 26, 2018
      AZT (Whitford Canyon)
      Jan 28, 2017 @ 9:46pm
      Jan 28, 2017
      South end has many creek crossings and while not deep now, there is evidence that the it busted its banks and washed some of the trail away and most of the crossings are a pretty big drop in with no transition. After you cross FR650 (N Happy Camp) the riding is much better up to the trail head
      more reports »
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