Location

  • Picketpost Trailhead to Rogers Trough Trailhead

Length

  • 18.4 miles

Southern Trailhead: Picketpost Trailhead

Access

From Florence Junction, drive east on US 60 for 9 miles. After mile marker 221, continue 0.5 miles and turn right (south) onto FR 231 (this point is 4 miles west of the town of Superior on US 60.) Drive 0.4 miles and turn left onto FR 310. Continue 0.6 miles, and then turn right at a sign for Picketpost Trailhead. You will see the large metal AZT sign marking the trailhead in 0.1 miles.


Northern Trailhead: Rogers Trough Trailhead

Access

From Florence Junction, travel east on US 60 for 1.8 miles, turn left (north) onto Queen Valley Road, continue 1.8 miles, and turn right (east) on FR 357. Drive 3 miles and turn left (north) onto FR 172 at a sign for Roger’s Trough Trailhead (there is a sign for FR 172 about 20 yards after the turn). Continue 9.2 miles to a fork and bear right onto FR 172A. Follow this road 3.7 miles, bear left at an intersection with FR 650, and continue 0.4 miles to a very large parking area. The trail departs from the north end of the parking lot.

From the rest stop in Superior, travel west about 12 miles on US 60 to Queen Valley Road and follow the directions above.  Previous directions from Superior are no longer applicable since FR 357 has been closed to through traffic.


Trail Route Description

From the Picketpost Trailhead the trail proceeds to and then under Highway 60. It climbs and descends to Queen Creek, crosses it and follows a fenceline. It continues on to FR 357 and then crosses a railroad line. It crosses a dirt road, passes under high-tension power lines and then climbs up to a ridgeline and follows it. After passing just east of Barnett Camp the trail enters Whitford Canyon and then crosses FR 650. The trail parallels FR 650 and finally crosses it again and reaches Reavis Canyon Trailhead. It follows this trail (#509) along a streambed and then up towards Montana Mountain. The trail passes south of the peak and then again connects with FR 650. It continues west on FR 650 for approximately 1.5 miles where it exits the road to the right for a half mile north to the Rogers Trough Trailhead.


Difficulty

  • Moderate

Season(s)


Water

Water can be found seasonally in many of the drainages.


Notes/Warnings

  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • The Tonto National Forest is closing the gate at Picketpost TH between dusk and dawn now. There’s a site host there overnight so folks won’t get locked in, but no late night arrivals.
  • Whitford Canyon is a notorious flood path so be aware of the weather and don’t enter this area when rain is imminent.
  • Elisha Reavis used part of this route in the 1890’s to haul fruits and vegetables from his ranch to Superior.

Resources

  • USGS Topographic Maps: Picketpost Mountain and Iron Mountain.
  • Tonto National Forest – Superstition Wilderness Map.
  • Tonto National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.
  • “Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness” by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart, Clearcreek Publishing, Tempe, Arizona.

For more information


Current Passage Info

 


Flickr Photos

Photos from the Arizona Trail Association’s Flickr galleries, for this specific passage. View the entire Flickr account.

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