The trailhead is located near the end of an old mining road, next to an
open mine shaft, about a half-mile from the parking lot. From here, the
trail ascends at a moderate rate through scenic Sonoran Desert panoramas,
as it makes its way to the base of the mountain. At the mountain base the
rate of ascent increases, as the trail takes you around the numerous cliff
lines encountered on your way to the summit in a series of switchbacks.
The route provides a small amount of exposure and is similar in difficulty
to Camelback Mountain, although the trail can be a little difficult to
follow at times. Watch for the small white arrows and splotches of
purple-brown paint on the rocks, as well as the usual rock cairns, that
help mark the way to the top. We will encounter a large and steep slickrock
area about mid-way to the top and will need to tread very carefully
to navigate this section. Once on the summit, we will have a commanding
view of the town of Superior below us and vast stretches of unspoiled
desert as far as the eye can see. We will stop here for a rest and lunch
break and take some pictures, before proceeding back down the same trail.
Be sure to check out the red mailbox at the top and sign in on the logbook
From the first smaller slickrock area all the way to the top of Picketpost
Mountain, there are a number of loose rock and gravel sections on the trail,
which can be a bit treacherous, especially on the hike back down. I recommend
using a hiking stick and wearing a good, sturdy pair of hiking boots
with good soles on this hike, since both will dramatically decrease your
chances of slipping and falling on the way back down.