Picketpost Mountain - Tonto National Forest

  • October 6, 2012 · 8:30 AM

Okay, the weather is suppose to break a bit by week's end, and we are itching to get out there and climb a mountain! Temperatures are currently forecast to be in the upper 70's at the start of this hike, ending in the upper 80's at the finish. Not bad, and we're a hardy bunch, right? Let's give it a go! 

After the hike, and for those interested, we can head back to the carpool area, and lunch across the way at Old Chicago Pasta and Pizza.

Length: 4 miles +/- Round Trip

Rating/Difficulty: Moderately Difficult to Difficult depending on skill level. There is some scrambling over large rocks, some slippery spots over loose rocks, and some open cliff areas that may not be suitable for those with a fear of heights.

Accumulated Elevation Gain: 2000 feet

Hiking Time: Expect 3.5 to 4.5 hours for this hike.

What To Bring: Please bring plenty of water (at least three liters) and nutritious snacks. We will break for lunch/snacks at the top. As always, bring good shoes, hats, sunscreen, cameras, etc.

Note: There is no water at the trailhead. There is a bathroom.

Originally called Tordillo Mountain, the peak was renamed in the 1870s after the Army established the Picket Post camp nearby. For a time, the Army operated a heliograph station on the mountain, using mirrors to signal other outposts. This is a challenging hike to some spectacular views in all directions from the 4,375 foot summit. At the top, there is a mailbox. You can sign in at the register, if you like, or just enjoy some of the posts of those that have come before. Either way, we hope you'll join us on this exceptional hike!

Directions:From Phoenix, drive east on route 60 towards the small town of Superior. Drive 0.5 miles past mile marker 221 and turn right (south) on Forest Road (FR) #231 (look for the aluminum windmill to the south, and the sign announcing the turn for Picketpost Mountain). It is well marked, but it comes up fast, so be on the lookout for it as you watch the mile markers. Drive 0.4 miles to a signed junction with FR #310. Turn left, remaining on FR #231, and drive 0.6 miles to the large Picketpost parking area at the end of the road.

Suggested carpool location and time: 7:15 am at the Home Depot at Power and US 60. Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd. exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King. The Home Depot address is 6838 E Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please state whether you will meet at the carpool location or the trailhead. You are responsible for yourself in this regard. There is no guarantee that anyone will be at the carpool location. If no one has indicated they will be at the carpool spot, please consider proceeding to the trailhead.

As with all Saturday hikes, there will be a voluntary $1 donation to the club collected at the start of the hike.

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  • Randy

    Quite the little challenge getting up to the mailbox...still as tough as ever. Had a great time today. Great idea for your birthday!

    October 6, 2012

  • Jory

    i'll be at the trailhead

    October 5, 2012

  • Barry

    Coming from Oro Valley , will meet at trailhead ![masked] if any one else coming from Tucson

    October 3, 2012

  • Gloria T.

    Love that trail! Can't make it though :-(

    October 2, 2012

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