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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Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Picketpost to Kelvin
Picketpost to Kelvin
9:56 | 221 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 6, 2016
Amazing bucket list ride
'The Gorge'
"The Gorge"
5:25 | 352 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 20, 2014
Flowy section along the gorge lip.
fall into a bush on the azt
fall into a bush on the azt
14:49 | 421 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Nov 3, 2014
geoff taking a fall

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
May 16, 2018 @ 3:53pm
May 16, 2018
Overall the trail is lose, not too techonical. Might have to hike a bike in some areas. Arms got pretty scratched up. Some area's are overgrown with brush. Had a run-in with a diamondback rattlesnake on the way down. The area wasn't very trafficked so have to be careful. I went to the fence and came back down.
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