36.1 miles
3,256 ft
-3,265 ft
3,325 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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AES: Picketpost Punisher C is a 36 mile expert race route located near Superior Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 3,256 ft with a max elevation of 3,325 ft then descends -3,265 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

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Velocirapturd3944991 (Dec 5, 2020 at 7:59)
I rode it north to south and it was a great ride. Took me 6.5 hours (including half an hour total for snacks) so you need to be decently fit. The climbing was not nearly as hard as I anticipated -- if you are used to climbing the technical trails at South Mountain then these climbs will be a breeze. 2.5 liters of water was enough for me. I only saw three hikers on a Friday in December.
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Eltoca21 (Nov 7, 2020 at 17:10)
Tough ride. Good fitness required. A fair bit of hike-a-bike. This trail is a bit of a conundrum. If you look at the elevation graph, the initial climb is no problem. The descent has punchy hike-a-bike climbs peppered in it which is disappointing. The flat bit is not so flat. Ensure a good supply of liquid and snacks. Do this ride in the cooler months.
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DrHog (Nov 13, 2017 at 20:36)
Take the average ride time (I saw 4:53) as wildly optimistic. Budget 6-8 hours. This ride really stretches much water you need to carry. Full Camelbaks and bottles were not enough. Seriously consider filtering water out of the Gila River at mile 21 as the last 16 miles take longer than you think.


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for AES: Picketpost Punisher C mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,317 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,401 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,392 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
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