215 miles
18,180 ft
-18,179 ft
3,745 ft
High Point

Use this route at your own risk. The route is not marked. GPS navigation is strongly encouraged.

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This is a 4 day - 3 night 215 mile bikepacking route encompassing the popular trails of the East Valley and beyond included the famed Picketpost to Kelvin segment of the AZT. This is a backcountry ride over unforgiving terrain for most of the route. GPS use is highly recommended. Bring a water filter!! $2 bike entry fees are required for trails inside Usery & San Tan Regional Parks. Expect some hike-a-bike. Most of all, enjoy the ride!!

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Route POI

ParkingDe La CruzParking
ParkingFitz StopParking
Water Fountain/SourcePossible CacheWater Fountain/Source
CampingCamp 2Camping
Water Fountain/SourceADOT YardWater Fountain/Source
ParkingCreekside Taco ShackParking
CampingCamp 3 in this areaCamping
Information$2 FeeInformation
CampingCamp 1 - VortexCamping
Trail SignBarbed wire fenceTrail Sign


  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Queen's Ransom Bikepack mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,316 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,348 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,349 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    95 miles
  • Distance down
    92 miles
  • Distance flat
    28 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Mountain Biking In Arizona! // Hawes // CBYR
Mountain Biking In Arizona! // Hawes // CBYR
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Sep 24, 2018
Explorando San Tan mountains en Arizona
Explorando San Tan mountains en Arizona
trail: Dynamite
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Jun 18, 2018
San Tan - Dynamite Trail - South side descent
San Tan - Dynamite Trail - South side descent
trail: Dynamite
2:51 | 93 | comments: 0 | favs:
Apr 27, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
Nov 17, 2018 @ 11:58am
9 hours
Good trail. Fun with some challenges. Only went in 5.5 miles. Most was rideable. Some loose areas, but not too bad.
Wild Horse
Nov 17, 2018 @ 9:19am
12 hours
Gila Monster
Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:31pm
Oct 30, 2018
Overall, GM is in decent shape. Chundery in spots with minor erosion (small ruts developing, loose cobbles). Still probably one of the easiest trails in Gold Canyon for the beginner, which it was intended to be. It's not without a couple punchy climbs. Wooden bridge still in good condition. **ALSO** Just a helpful word, I hope. What some incorrectly refer to as "Gold Mine" is the "Lost Goldmine Trail." It runs from west to east between Cloudview parking area and the Peralta Trail parking area (or vice versa). "GM" = Gila Monster. I hope this clears up some confusion that at least one other post expresses.
Diamond Point
Oct 28, 2018 @ 7:14am
Oct 28, 2018
Oct 27, 2018 @ 10:09am
Oct 27, 2018
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