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Picketpost Mtn Summit Hike to mail your letters to Santa.

Round Trip4 milesTrailhead Elevation2,398 feetElevation Gain1,921 feetAvg Time Round Trip3 hours


 This trail is rarely if ever maintained. Thick low lying vegetation will brush your legs in many sections after the second trailhead. The trail takes advantage of a ridge to crawl up the left side of a ravine that follows up to the top. There is an option to cross the ravine. This alternate trail makes a supposedly easier switchback ascent (lower section only). I recommend taking that on the return trip. Continue going up the ridge. You know the easy stuff is over when you come to a very steep section. Can you say precursor. If this little slope intimidates you, forget it and turn around now. Steep slopes containing loose gravel and/or cacti will be encountered many times over.

The ridge and trail take you away from the ravine to the north. Steep-loose-gravel sections on this part are easy to go up but the thought of going down might put a damper on the mood. That's why I recommend the alternate trail on the south side of the ravine coming down. When the trail makes it back to the ravine you feel a little better knowing you can't fall as far now. Arrows painted on the surface since the first steep section below now become more important. Keep an eye out for the arrows and paint marks and you'll save precious time. Although similar to the Flatiron it seems more technical in my opinion. This trail crosses over and dips in sections as opposed to a beeline ascent.

It's too small to be called a mesa and too big for a butte so I don't know what it's called but this mountain has a flat top. When you reach the lip you'll notice the top is slanted up to the east. It's a pleasant stroll across the deck to the peak. Vegetation is abundant. Near the final section you see a red mailbox in the distance. This is the top. You're strutting your stuff up to the peak thinking you're the king and all. Then you open the mailbox. Only to find there's a trail log larger then the phone book of Superior Arizona. These books usually offer good remarks about the trail and a little humor too.

The mailbox is cool, but don't forget the views! Holly cow, this is the spot. You won't get a better view of the Apache Leap ridge. How 'bout the superstitions! Ya have Superstition Mountain on the west end followed by Weavers Needle over to Iron Mountain and yes the Four Peaks. And without a doubt, the best view of the Catalinas north of Tucson from this far away. They almost look close. Maybe it was an exceptionally clear day or something, I saw more than expected.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice to meet everyone. Thanks for the hot chocolate!! Hope to meet up again for another great hike soon!!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woke up with a cold this morning. Won't be able to join you this morning. I will make the next one!!

    December 15, 2013

  • Tomek

    I'll meet you at the trailhead

    December 15, 2013

  • Liz

    Injured leg on scramble down from the pond. Cant make the hike.
    So sad.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the Trailhead...I live in AJ and don't want to go to BK...if you want to carpool let me know. Annette

    December 13, 2013

  • Ed B.

    Directions to Trailhead: From Phoenix, take US-60 East toward the town of Superior. Between mile markers 221 and 222, turn right on FR231 (a windmill marks the road on the right), also called Uno Trail. If you reach Boyce Thompson Arboretum, you've gone too far. Take FR[masked] miles to a T intersection. Turn left onto FR310 (also known as Saddleridge trail). The signed Arizona Trailhead is 0.6 miles from this point. Geo codes:[masked],[masked]

    December 13, 2013

  • Ed B.

    Kevin, I'll try for BK, but I'll probably just meet you at the trailhead. My phone # is[masked]-5540. I get poor reception out there, so text messages are more likely to get through. Thanks, Ed

    December 13, 2013

  • Kevin

    Paula, It depends on how fast a hiker you are. I would plan on 5 to 6 hours Burger king to Burger King. (am over estimating)

    December 12, 2013

    • Lisa

      I don't know where you got the description from but is doesn't lust mileage or elevation or directions.

      December 12, 2013

    • Kevin

      It does now.

      December 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    My carpool starts at BK.

    December 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Ed, I can call you when we leave BK. Trail head time about 8:45.

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving by myself from San Tan Valley (Johnson Ranch) if anyone wants to carpool. I plan to meet up at the burger king, unless I get a car full, then I could just meet at the trail head. Are drivers carpooling from the burger king?

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long will this hike last?

    December 12, 2013

  • Ed B.

    About what time will you be starting from the Trail head?

    December 12, 2013

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