Picketpost Trailhead Score-O

2-Hour Score-O, Long/Short Classics

Sunday, March 10, 2024

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(Deadline: Wednesday, March 6 at 11:59 PM.)
(Note: Pre-registration is required. Onsite registration is not available.)

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Summary: Sunday, March 10, 2024: Picketpost Trailhead
(West of Superior, AZ)
Time Event Location
Sunday, 7:00 AM Check-in/Registration Opens Picketpost Trailhead
Sunday, 7:00 AM Courses Open
Score-O, Long/Short Classics
Picketpost Trailhead
Sunday, 10:00 AM Last Time to Start a Course Picketpost Trailhead
Sunday, 12:00 PM Courses Close Picketpost Trailhead

Picketpost Trailhead


  • Due to changes in permitting, pre-registration is required for this event.
  • Parental Consent Now Required. Click here for more information.


Please consider joining us on Sunday, March 10, as we present the third and final Phoenix event of Southwest Spring Week. This event will start and finish at the Picketpost Trailhead, in the shadow of the impressive Picketpost Mountain. While we promise not to have you ascend the mountain, we will provide a fair number of destinations in the rolling foothills of the mountain.

People of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Due to limited parking, we ask each participant to select a specific 30-minute window between 7:00 and 10:00 in which they will start their course. For the Score-O, participants must finish their course under the two-hour time limit. Those arriving after two hours are penalized 10 points per minute. For the long/short classic courses, you're welcome to take as long as you like to complete your course up to the 12:00 cutoff time. All courses close at 12:00. We'll mark anyone arriving after 12:00 as DNF.

March temperatures in the Phoenix area are a little chilly but quite nice compared to other parts of the country. You can expect high temperatures in the 60's to low 70's. Morning temperatures can dip into the low 40's. The event site at the trailhead provides an impressive view of Picketpost Mountain. Rocky cliffs and lush desert vegetation extend down from the mountain to the trailhead. Some of the terrain is impassable as rocks and prickly cactus (like cholla!) get in your way. Foxtail and other grasses are common. Grass seeds can be annoying in While the terrain is rugged, we know you'll enjoy some navigation fun in one of the prettier places surrounding the Phoenix metro area.

Pre-Registration and Fees

We ask for a donation of $10 per participant for any of the events at the Picketpost Trailhead. Members of the GPHXO or TSN clubs can get a $5 discount. Participants who sign up for all three Phoenix Southwest Spring Week events will also get a $5 discount.

Pre-Registration is open until Wednesday, March 6 at 11:59 PM. To participate, pre-registration is mandatory. Due to permit limitations, we do not offer onsite registration. We will only print enough maps to cover those who have pre-registered.

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Parental Consent:

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information)

All participants under age 18 are now required to have a signed parental consent form on file with the club. You can complete the form before the event and either scan it and send it to us by e-mail or bring it with you to the event.

What to Bring:

The list below is the minimum recommended equipment for the Score-O.

  • Whistle (Mandatory for all. Available for purchase for $1)
  • Compass (Mandatory for all. Available for rent for $1)
  • Water. Water is NOT available at the start/finish . We also DO NOT have water stations on the course. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
  • Sun screen. While there is shade on all the courses, we encourage you to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are recommended. You may encounter some thick brush and loose terrain.


There are some options for dispersed camping in the area surrounding the start/finish. In general, you're allowed to camp in areas that don't specifically mention no camping. You can find more information at Tonto National Forest websites.


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