28.3 miles
4,534 ft
-4,537 ft
3,757 ft
High Point

Actual climbing is 4,400 feet. Not the 6,200 calculated by TrailForks.
Start from the Picketpost Trailhead off of highway 60. Ride the Arizona Trail south for about 14 miles. Have lunch at a saddle with a beautiful view and then head back. Most climbing is on the way out so the ride back is easier but there are still some challenging climbs on the way back.
There are some rock gardens and loose, steep switchbacks on this trail.
Bring lots of water and food. Plan to spend 4+ hours riding.
Cats claw along the trail may scratch your arms and legs. It's tolerable but tall socks and long sleeves are not a bad idea.

Detailed Description
AZT Picketpost Out-And-Back is a 28 mile popular expert route located near Superior Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 4,534 ft with a max elevation of 3,757 ft then descends -4,537 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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More Stats for AZT Picketpost Out-And-Back mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,386 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,400 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,398 ft
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  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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