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Poston Butte

Poston Butte
Trail start to Poston butte
Poston butte trail
Poston Butte
Map: Poston Butte
Elevation change: Poston Butte


How to Get There
This hike is located near Florence, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take US-60 East to the Ellsworth Road Exit. Go South on Ellsworth Road, which eventually turns into the Hunt Highway going East. Take the Hunt Highway towards Florence, AZ. About 1.25 miles before you get to SR-79 and would turn right to Florence, you'll see a hill on your left (North) with a white F on it. This is Poston Butte. Look for a small, unsigned parking area on the left near a bridge that the railway goes over. Park here.
Hunt Highway
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

1.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.0 miles total to reach the top and back
0.50 [Hours]
It took us about 30 minutes to complete this short loop hike.
Elevation Change
300 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
The climb to the top of Poston Butte is 300 feet.
Hike Trail Type
  • Out and Back
  • Loop


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
Date Hike completed
February 14, 2015


Solitude Details
Surprisingly good, since this is an out of the way area. Expect to share the hike with only a few others.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This is an easy hike. It's a good choice to take new hikers or visitors to the desert.


Be Aware of
A bit of route finding at the beginning due to multiple trails in the area.

Hike up Poston Butte near Phoenix, Arizona.

Charles Poston (1825 - 1902) had a historic impact on the early years of Arizona, lobbying then President Lincoln to make Arizona a territory. He held several jobs in the government of that era, including being the first Arizona territory congressional delegate. Long after his service to Arizona ended, he was buried on top of the hill now named after him.

From the parking area, cross under the railroad bridge and look to your left. You can clearly see Poston butte, along with the pyramid built to mark Poston's burial site. There are several trails in the area, pick one of the first ones that splits off to the left towards the base of the hill. The wide trail is easy to follow and after a 300 ft climb leads to the top of the butte and the pyramid. There are some views of the surrounding desert and the town of Florence.

When ready, return the way you came.


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