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

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
  • 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 Style
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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 | 207 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 6, 2016
Amazing bucket list ride
'The Gorge'
"The Gorge"
5:25 | 343 | 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 | 417 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Nov 3, 2014
geoff taking a fall

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
May 16, 2018 @ 3:53pm
May 16, 2018
Overall the trail is lose, not too techonical. Might have to hike a bike in some areas. Arms got pretty scratched up. Some area's are overgrown with brush. Had a run-in with a diamondback rattlesnake on the way down. The area wasn't very trafficked so have to be careful. I went to the fence and came back down.
AZT (Ricewater Ridge)
Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:11pm
Jan 28, 2017
Scrabbley Loose big gravel
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
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