36 miles
Distance
6,072 ft
Climb
-6,668 ft
Descent
04:53:10
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Arizona : Picketpost to Kelvin Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    Superior
    Superior, Arizona
  • AKA
    Gila River Canyons
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    autumn, winter, spring
  • Global Ranking
    #1617
  • Year Opened
    2011

Best done as a shuttle. Experience some of the most stunning desert trail anywhere. Big views, canyons and effort. There may be some hike-a-bike.

Access Info

Picketpost trailhead. 4 miles west of Superior on US60.

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More Stats for Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -596 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,643 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,753 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,393 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,797 ft
  • Grade
    -0.312%
  • Grade max
    -41.806%
  • Grade min
    37.934%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    04:53:10
  • Avg reverse time
    01:45:52
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Status:
on Nov 13, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (4 votes)

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Arizona Trail:... Trail Reports

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Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:19pm
Nov 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.
Jan 26, 2017 @ 5:48pm
Jan 26, 2017
The trail is quite wet in spots. A large Saguaro is down across the trail at the 6.2 mile mark.
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May 3, 2017 @ 12:06pm
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May 3, 2017 @ 12:06pm
May 3, 2017
Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag DrHog (Nov 13, 2017 at 20:36)
 Take the average ride time (I saw 4:53) as wildly optimistic. Budget 6-8 hours. This ride really stretches much water you need to carry. Full Camelbaks and bottles were not enough. Seriously consider filtering water out of the Gila River at mile 21 as the last 16 miles take longer than you think.
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