Bonus Hike of the Week: Picketpost Mountain near Superior | MARE CZINAR | February 14, 2024

Tonto National Forest, near Superior

Notoriously overgrown, unmarked and insanely steep, getting to the top of Picketpost Mountain is a make-it-up-as-you-go prospect. Located outside the Town of Superior, the adventure starts with a hike south on the Alamo Canyon Passage 17 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

About a mile in, a cairn marks the turn off for the summit climb.

In theory the route plan is simple—just climb up the obvious gully. But in reality, it’s a bear. Finding secure hand and foot holds to scale the stony, cacti-encrusted chutes is confusing and exhausting. The grunt work ends at the edge of a massive mesa-like mound where an easy walk through desert scrub leads to the high point.

  • LENGTH: 6 miles roundtrip
  • RATING: difficult
  • ELEVATION: 2,370 – 4,378 feet


Picketpost Trailhead:

From U.S. 60 before entering the town of Superior between milepost 221 and 222, turn right at the Arizona National Scenic Trail/Picketpost Trailhead sign on the right. Follow the signs along the maintained dirt road for one mile to the trailhead.

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  • FEE: none
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