Picketpost Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Arizona. A Lone standing Mountain with no ridges connecting to other mountain peaks.
At 4,378 feet, you will be greeted with oddly placed mailbox at the top of the mountain, which contains the log books for the Picketpost Mountain Trail. The steep elevation gain is about 2200 feet.
At 4,378 feet, though oddly placed, the mailbox and the wrought iron don’t fail to impress us! It is one of the hardest hikes in Arizona and hikers with moderate experience in hiking steep can give it a try. Cairns help you stay on trails, most of the time. But it is so easy to go off trails. The wilderness is scary and at the same time amazing.
The unusual name stems from an early military camp established at the base of the mountain by General George Stoneman in 1870. The soldiers nicknamed the mountain “Picket Post” due to its usage as a sentinel point to guard their camp from attacks. This military camp eventually grew into the present day town of Superior.
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