Poston Butte Hike – Temple to the Sun

Poston Butte Hike Temple to the Sun Forever Sabbatical


sign and trash can Poston Butte, Forever Sabbatical

The parking lot is about 4 miles northwest of Florence, Arizona. Head north on Pinal Parkway Ave for ~ 1.7 miles. Then turn west on Hunt Highway for 1.6 miles. The parking lot is a dirt area on the north side of the road.

Amenities and Trail

railroad Poston Butte, Forever Sabbatical

There are no restrooms.

Walk under the railroad tracks.

There is a trash can at the fence where you will open, walkthrough, and close the gate.

There are many dirt paths to follow. Just make sure you head toward the hill.

Prepare for 0.5 miles to the top from the trailhead.

All Trials report an elevation gain of 239 ft.

rocky ground, Poston Butte, Forever Sabbatical

Once you start up the hill, the ground is very loose rocks. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes.

There is no shade on the hike. Bring and wear your hat and sunblock.

With any hike, bring lots of drinking water.

A hiker had her dog on the trail. The dog looked like it was having a great time.

Once you are at the top, you have great 360-degree views of the area.

You can see farmland, towns, neighborhoods, and the desert.


tomb Poston Butte, Forever Sabbatical

Charles D. Poston

Erected by the Territory 1907

According to Wikipedia:

Charles Debrille Poston (April 20, 1825 – June 24, 1902) was an American explorer, prospector, author, politician, and civil servant. He is referred to as the “Father of Arizona” due to his efforts lobbying for creation of the territory. Poston was also Arizona Territory’s first Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. His remains were removed from Phoenix and moved to Florence, Arizona, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and buried on Primrose Hill, renamed, Poston Butte where he had never completed his “Temple to the Sun”. He was entombed in an official ceremony led by Governor George W. P. Hunt.

Poston Butte Hike

end Poston Butte, Forever Sabbatical

The Poston Butte Hike is a great short with incline hike.

Looking for other interesting hikes? Check out the Queen Creek Wash Hike.

Where is your favorite place to have 360-degree views?

20 thoughts on “Poston Butte Hike – Temple to the Sun
  1. Very interesting hike – I love seeing your hikes as the terrain is so different from where I hike in the Midwest!

  2. Nice little hike to get the heart pumping. I sure wish we had something like this nearby. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks like it would be a hot hike! The panoramic views are so pretty. Such a different landscape.

    1. Yes, it would be because there is no shade. We recommend going during the fall, winter, and spring.

  4. I always think it’s harder to hike on loose rocks, but I love when the core is worth it! This looks like fun!

  5. Love that temple! And such an interesting hike. The Arizona landscape is so different from Missouri’s!

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