Starting off the new year right with a fun adventure scramble with Mason. Got a bit cold downclimbing the mountain in the dark. Great night. Sunset from the summit was beautiful!
I can confirm the new signage.
Soon after leaving the Trailhead SW on the AZ Trail there is a new 2020 wooden sign at a junction indicating a trail to the left with the words "Picketpost Mountain TH 1.4". Do NOT turn left here. (I.e. Continue straight). At the next junction is the left turn sign to Picketpost Mountain summit. (I.e. Turn left off the Arizona Trail).
When the trail starts to steepen (I.e. Class 2+), you will see different colored arrows (Red, White, Dotted White) painted on to rocks, all taking you to the summit.
Last year there was an historic mailbox and iron loveseat bench on the summit. These items have been removed. :( (Taken down the mountain or thrown over the side by vandals?) However, someone has brought up a new black mailbox with the words "PICKETPOST MTN" emblazoned in large red letters. (Registration and comments are in the mailbox).
Nice choice just 40 minutes south of Mesa. You get 2000 feet of gain in just under 2 miles so it's a good little workout. We had beautiful Nov. weather in the low 70's and maybe only 4 of 5 groups on the route.
Loved it but could do away with the bench.
I picked this mountain at the last minute, over my morning coffee. It looked fun and scenic and was nearby enough to our Arizona house. WOW! I loved this peak. Lovely scenery, surprisingly spicy scrambling in spots and bench at the summit to enjoy the views.
Great views. Not too hard going up, but slick coming down.
Ideal conditions - started off cloudy at or below 60 degrees. Nice breeze. Dry trail. Large group of us. Epic little peak!
Had really nice weather. Wonderful peak
I finally hiked this peak after so many years of putting it off. Tried in January 2009 and bailed due to time. Scrambly and loose in spots, but it went quick, and the views were amazing! Glad I did it.
I really enjoyed this one. Nice scramble up high through the rocks. It was a nice clear day with outstanding views from the summit. Who dragged the bench up to the top? Several other parties on the trail so no solitude.
Fun hike and route up Picketpost Mountain. I thought that it resembled a fortress from below.
Amazingly grand Arizona hike.
A little post Thanksgiving hike. What a fun day! Cole (9), Taylor (7), and Talon (7) did great! This is a very fun hike.
Have climbed this a few times. Always a great hike.
It was a little icy as we negotiated the draw - definitely have to pick your way through!
Climbed with my wife on Valentines Day. Several other parties
on the trail. It is pretty easy to get a bit off route
on this one. Many, many entries in the register at top, mostly
from the Phoenix area. Someone should put some xeroxed AZ COHP
lists in the mailbox - folks who can climb this one can probably
handle that list.
Followed the cairns and infamous spray-painted arrows to the top.
Way cool hike. Nice route up through the rocks and great views in all directions. Clear and windy with good visibility. Pretty hot by the end of it, though
Climbed Picketpost from the standard trail route. A bit over-ducked, with spraypainted targets about every 10 feet. Full-size mailbox for the summit register, apparently previously owned by a local resident.
Hiked this one with Whereveriroam from Arizonahikers.com. Flowers were starting to be in bloom and the desert was green. Very beautiful hike. Sprinkeled on us a few times as well. A wonderful view of the Superstition Mountains from the summit.