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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
    49
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: 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
      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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      Nov 29, 2018
      AZT Picketpost to Kelvin segment

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
      May 27, 2019 @ 5:32pm
      May 27, 2019
      Cactus down across trail about 5 M in, but the trail is great. Went out 10 and back. Back was fantastic. A bit narrow in places. Loved it.
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