28 miles
6,281 ft
-6,281 ft
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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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
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  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons 2
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      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
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      AZT dropping into Gila River canyons
      AZT in Martinez Canyon
      AZT in Martinez Canyon
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      AZT Picketpost to Kelvin segment

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
      Feb 26, 2020 @ 2:30pm
      Feb 26, 2020
      One of my favorite rides of all time, so far. After Friday and Saturdays 21st and 22nd heavy rain, there was plenty of water in small side drainages and the big water catchment at the top of the hill. There was significantly less water once you reach the river. The river was flowing but we opted not to use that water. It was very murky and probably plug most filters. The trail itself is in very good condition. There was a saguaro across the trail South of the catchment tank and North of the power lines. It was small and easy to step over. Looks like maintenance has been done to parts of the trail recently. There is road access just North of the river intersection and a small flat camping spot above the river. We camped overnight there, it was plenty roomy for 3 of us and all our gear. It would be a great place for a water drop. There is a short steep old jeep road about 3 miles north of the river. It has very sharp broken rock top to bottom, I cut my rear tire even riding carefully. I would choose to walk it next time. Otherwise A-1 experience. Oh, and the poppies and wildflowers are blooming:)
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