36 miles
Distance
6,072 ft
Climb
-6,668 ft
Descent
05:51:55
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Arizona : Picketpost to Kelvin Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    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.

Local Trail Association
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
    05:51:55
  • Avg reverse time
    06:15:38
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Status:
on Feb 26, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.65 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to arizona-trail-picketpost-to-kelvin trailhead (33.271960, -111.176280)
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      Arizona Trail:... Trail Reports

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      Feb 26, 2020 @ 2:30pm
      Feb 26, 2020
      One of my favorite rides of all time, so far. After Friday and Saturdays 21st and 22nd heavy rain, there was plenty of water in small side...
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 7:27am
      Jan 5, 2020
      There is water flowing in a few of the washes. Otherwise dry.
      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.
      May 27, 2019 @ 5:30pm
      May 27, 2019
      Rode out about 10 miles then turned around for a short trip. Amazing trail. High great right now and narrow singletrack but beautiful. Fun fun fun...
      Mar 31, 2019 @ 11:00am
      Mar 31, 2019
      Trail is in great condition. Grass is quite tall but trail easy to see. Watch out for ricks lurking at trails edge in the grass
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 25 rides
      • 44 miles avg distance
      All
      • 106 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      May 31, 2020 @ 8:20am
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      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      AZT Picketpost Out-And-Back
      28 miles
      AES: Picketpost Punisher B 2019 race
      49 miles
      Picketpost Pain Cave
      51 miles
      AES: Gila100 race
      92 miles

      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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