36 miles
4,361 ft
-4,365 ft
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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  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Trail transparency
Picketpost to Kelvin
Picketpost to Kelvin
9:56 | 232 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 6, 2016
Amazing bucket list ride
'The Gorge'
"The Gorge"
5:25 | 357 | 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 | 427 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Nov 3, 2014
geoff taking a fall

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
Nov 17, 2018 @ 11:58am
Nov 17, 2018
Good trail. Fun with some challenges. Only went in 5.5 miles. Most was rideable. Some loose areas, but not too bad.
AZT (Ricewater Ridge)
May 26, 2018 @ 7:34am
May 26, 2018
Very loose rock and sandy sections.
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
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