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    Picketpost Loop Trail

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    13.8 km
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    230 m
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    Picketpost Loop Trail is an 13.8 km loop hike that leads you around a dramatic, isolated butte in the Tonto National Forest. Previously used as a battleground in efforts by Geroge Stoneman to seize this land from the Yavapai, the butte is now an area for campers and hikers to appreciate Arizona’s rugged scenery. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and a hat, and avoid hiking this trail between June and August when the temperatures soar.

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    Route Description for Picketpost Loop Trail

    Back in the late 1800s, General George Stoneman and his troops chose the base of Picketpost Mountain as the site of their camp. They sought to seize the land from the native Yavapai and planned to use the butte as a natural barrier. The mountain was given its current nickname by these troops.

    You can hike this loop either way. If you’re here in the afternoon, we’ve found that hiking counterclockwise gets the most shade. If you’re not picky about shade, go whichever way you prefer. The route begins at the Picketpost Trailhead.

    Whichever way you choose to travel, stay to the inside of the butte at all junctions. Note that the washes can vary in size, shape, and footing depending on the intensity of recent rains, so take care in them. Make your way all around the butte, admiring it from every angle, and find yourself back where you started.

    Getting to the Picketpost Loop Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Picketpost Loop Trail is on Alamo Canyon Road off State Route 80.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Picketpost Dispersed Camping

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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