Poston Butte Trail – Trail Report

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postonbutteRight outside Florence Arizona sits Poston Butte.  Florence is roughly an hour north of Tucson and an hour south of Phoenix .

History – This hill is noted for having the pyramidal tomb of Charles Debrille Poston at its summit. Poston lobbied President Lincoln and Congress to create the Territory of Arizona. and was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs because of his familiarity with the Native populations of the area. (Source Wikipedia)

The Trail –  A simple 0.6 mile trail  with low grade with a 300 foot elevation change. I would consider this trail to be low to moderate in terms of experience and activity level. The trail is wide but rocky and uneven. The trail appears to have been a small road at one time based upon its width however it is unknown why there would be a road to the top. At the top is there is a tomb of Charles Poston and an unknown cinder block building.  Great views of the surrounding area and of Florence.


The first  time that I hiked this trail I was with a friend and her three year old son. We stopped at the top and had some lunch and took in the views. At the pace of a three year old we managed to get to the top in around 45 minutes. Overall it was a great little hike with some fantastic views. A nice place to watch sunrise and sunset.

Happy Trails.  Adam


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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