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Picketpost Mountain | Arizona Trail | Superior, Arizona | Mountain Matron

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Picketpost Mountain | Arizona Trail | Superior, Arizona | Mountain Matron


Tonto National Forest | Arizona Trail Passage 18 | Picketpost Mountain


This prominent peak just outside the Town of Superior is a rather short climb in theory, but can be a difficult climb in reality. This climb especially shouldn’t be done alone if you’ve never been to the summit. A 4mile roundtrip trail to the summit of Picketpost Mountain is intense and can be slightly misleading towards the top of the gully. For the first mile the trail is a simple walk, and well marked. Stay to the south of the mountain and take caution on the scramble up. Once to the summit you’ll find a stunning 360• view of Arizona’s mountainous terrain, the Town of Superior looking northeast, and on a clear day maintains as far as Tucson, to the South. A red mailbox and a steel bench await your arrival. Make sure to check the summit mailbox, sign the register, and take the same route down.

Directions to the Trailhead: Travel the U.S 60 east past Apache Junction and Florence Junction. ½ mile past Milemarker 221, you turn right at the “Arizona Trail” signs. Once you’re at the Y junction, turn left towards PicketPost Mountain and follow signs for the parking lot.


  • Vault Restrooms
  • Arizona Trail Register
  • Arizona Trail Signs (2)
  • No Parking or Day Use Fees

 ( Elevation 4,375ft)

Arizona Trail Passage 18 takes you north to connect to Rogers Trough in 19 miles or south into Passage 17 for Alamo Canyon. More information on the Arizona Trail visit AzTrail.Org

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