36 miles
Distance
6,072 ft
Climb
-6,668 ft
Descent
05:58:01
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Arizona : Picketpost to Kelvin Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Superior
    Superior, Arizona
  • AKA
    Gila River Canyons
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    autumn, winter, spring
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13339 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    05:58:01
  • Avg reverse time
    01:45:52
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Status:
on Mar 17, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Directions to arizona-trail-picketpost-to-kelvin trailhead (33.271960, -111.176280)
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      Arizona Trail:... Trail Reports

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      Mar 17, 2019 @ 2:43pm
      Mar 17, 2019
      Rode Picketpost to Kelvin yesterday - trail is in terrific condition; negligible catclaw and one minor section about 12-13 miles in a bit buggered...
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 7:44am
      Jan 12, 2019
      Some catclaw beginning to creep in but overall in the best condition I've ever seen.
      Jan 2, 2019 @ 7:50pm
      Jan 2, 2019
      Snow and ice but still rideable.
      Dec 29, 2018 @ 2:33pm
      Dec 29, 2018
      Started at Picketpost TH and rode approx 10 miles out. Trail got progressively overgrown the further I went. My legs and arms were pretty torn...
      Dec 25, 2018 @ 2:28pm
      Dec 25, 2018
      Gorgeous! Rode ~6 miles from picketpost up and down. Rocky, sometimes loose, sometimes sandy. Thorny? Let's say long sleeves and full-finger...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 38 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 29 miles avg distance
      All
      • 106 rides
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      Photos

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      Jan 14, 2019 @ 12:41pm
      Jan 14, 2019
      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
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      Jan 14, 2019 @ 12:41pm
      Jan 14, 2019
      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
      60 |
      Feb 10, 2018 @ 4:42pm
      Feb 10, 2018
      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin
      45 |
      Feb 10, 2018 @ 4:40pm
      Feb 10, 2018
      Arizona Trail: Picketpost to Kelvin

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 2
      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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