28 miles
Distance
6,281 ft
Climb
-6,281 ft
Descent
3,760 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.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
    38
More Stats for AZT Picketpost Out-And-Back mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,394 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,400 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,400 ft
  • Grade max
    -74.119%
  • Grade min
    41.587%
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very 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
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Nov 29, 2018
AZT Picketpost to Kelvin segment

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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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.
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