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AZT - Picketpost TH to Red Mountain

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 3.9 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the best AZT segments. Hands down.


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Map Key

41.5

Miles

66.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,731' 1,137 m

High

1,838' 560 m

Low

5,167' 1,575 m

Up

5,167' 1,575 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is superb singletrack that is almost completely rideable. Loose rocks are absent but bedrock ledges and curbs are plentiful so ride with caution especially on the way down. The strong cross-slope typical of the area will punish inattention.

Need to Know

Access: The Picketpost parking area is open from dawn to dusk only. There are informal camp spots between Hwy 60 and the trailhead, on the north side of the access road.

Description

From the trailhead the trail follows the AZT - Passage 17 - Alamo Canyon to the south, with Picketpost Mountain looming to the east. It's a steady climb with a few rocky and off-camber sections.

Leaving Alamo Canyon about 11.5 miles into this ride, you'll transition to AZT - Passage 16 - Gila River Canyons. On your way, you'll contour upwards amid the saguaros with some smooth sections. The trail is very well designed and maintained, so almost everything is rideable.

After crossing Telegraph Canyon and riding through tiny green oases, the trail ascends to two passes marking the high points of this section. From the end point, turn around to enjoy some more rolling terrain, back the way you came, to return to the trailhead.

Another ride to the south, if you'd like to continue is the AZT - Kelvin to Red Mountain section.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Geronimo with improvements by Julie Kanagy

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  3.9 from 10 votes

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Photos

Starting off the ride with Picketpost in the background.
Jan 7, 2016 near Superior, AZ
Video recap of the entire ride
Jan 7, 2016 near Superior, AZ
Telegraph Canyon.
Jan 9, 2016 near Superior, AZ
A bedrock section of trail and Picketpost Mountain
Jan 9, 2016 near Superior, AZ
Picketpost Mountain.
Jan 9, 2016 near Superior, AZ
This photo is was taken at about the 1 mile mark, nice trail.
Sep 25, 2015 near Superior, AZ

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May 27, 2019
Kyler Scheid
Amazing trail. Narrow. Beautiful. 12mi
Mar 25, 2018
EDDIE CAMACHO
Sep 17, 2017
John Rayner
Aug 15, 2017
Cj Procyk
May 17, 2015
Dustin Lewis