This rugged mountain peak is a popular, well-established hiking spot in Arizona with amazing desert views.
Picket Post Mountain is close to the town of Superior, Arizona. It is about 40 miles east of Phoenix. The mountain trail is 4.2 miles round trip and is well-traveled. The trail is available for hiking year-round and dogs are welcome to come along. It is a somewhat difficult hike with plenty of scrambling and some loose rocks with some steep inclines. There is little to no shade and it is important to bring plenty of water. The 360 view from the top makes the climb well worth it.
Picket Post Mountain gets its name from an early military camp established at the base by General George Stoneman in 1870. The soldiers nicknamed the mountain "Picket Post" because it was used as a sentinel point to guard their camp from attacks. The military camp grew and is now the town of Superior, Arizona.
There is a bench and a mailbox waiting for hikers when they reach the top of Picket Post Mountain. The mailbox has notes, letters, and other items inside left from other hikers. Some are inspirational and others are letters about the past and leaving it behind them to move on to something bigger or better. Other hikers have left mementos in and around the mailbox. Visitors are welcome to contribute to the collection at the summit.