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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Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
More Stats for AZT Picketpost Out-And-Back mountain bike route
Altitude change0 ft
Altitude min2,394 ft
Altitude start2,400 ft
Altitude end2,400 ft
Distance climb13 miles
Distance down13 miles
Distance flat3 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:19pmNov 13, 2017
|Cat claw vegetation a painful factor throughout ride. Worst during the first 10 miles out of Picketpost. Not much erosion damage to note.|
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