Prescott Monstercross


At 7:30 am on Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meet outside of Prescott at the Costco parking lot on State Route 69.

There will be two route options again this year! GPX files are posted below. If you plan on attending, please sign up below. This free ride is limited to the first 50 people that sign up.

Shorter route (miniMonster): 52 miles with 8,000′ of climbing. It will be similar to the 2013 route (shown below) with one change toward the end with a new trail will eliminate the rather heinous 299 climb. Anticipated completion times for most riders will be 6-9 hours.

Longer route (megaMonster): 71 miles with 12,000′ of climbing, showcasing the both variety and difficulty of the riding Prescott has to offer. This route will let you explore the western side of the Sierra Prieta and test your climbing legs. It’s only 20 miles longer than the shorter option, but obviously, these are 20 absolutely grueling miles. However, the views and riding are both absolutely incredible. This route will be unchanged from 2013, and the heinous 299 climb late in the ride will remain and be as painful as ever. Anticipated completion times for most riders will be 9-12 hours.

Here are what the routes and profiles look like for 2014:

PMC 2013 web

GPX files:

miniMonster (will be updated the week prior to the 2014 event):

Short Course 2014 v1

megaMonster (route unchanged for 2014):



NOTE: Cues have been updated for 2014 as of March 26!

Cue Sheet Caution: Please be warned that you also need to use tire tracks and common sense to complete this loop. A GPS is highly recommended. One section of the short course will be particularly difficult to navigate without a GPS. The long course will be fairly easy to follow using the ques.

Go west up highway 69, then right on Prescott Lakes Parkway just after ”In & Out.” Go down to bottom of hill turn right on Sundog Ranch Road.

Turn left into the trailhead parking lot for the Peavine Trail. Go across parking area and take the Peavine Trail to the right for just over a tenth of a mile. Then turn left and drop down off the railroad grade on another wide trail. Follow across bridge and up west side of Watson Lake. At the boat launch parking lot, look for the singletrack on the far side of the parking lot to continue east just above the shoreline. Follow the main trail for ~0.5 mile toward another boat launch. Stay OFF the tiny singletrack trails that go down to the shoreline (Fisherman Trail).

Turn right on the pavement to reach the boat launch, and at the launch, look for a trail on the left/north side of the launch area. This is the North Shore Trail. Take it, and follow the white dots. After some very technical trail, you’ll reach an intersection with “Steep” and “Steeper” options. Take either one down. Just past the bottom, look for a trail (unsigned High Trail) heading left/north up some rocky steps. Follow that. Do NOT continue east on the Over the Hill Trail. Continue west on this trail, turning left at the only intersection, until the trail ends at Granite Dells Road.  Turn Left on Granite Dells road, take it to HWY 89

Turn right on HWY 89 (busy and fast). Go 200 feet and turn left on Twisted Trail Road at an open (?) gate.  Take this road down and around, staying right until it ends at a gate.  Go around the gate and continue to Boulder Creek Lane.  Turn Left.  Stay straight on Boulder Creek until it dead-ends at a cul-de-sac.  Go through gate and head into Willow Dells.

Everything in the Dells is left turns.  Turn Left at first available trail and take it up over a slickrock climb.  At the trail just after the climb, turn left.  Take this around a mile, initially going east, and circling around the Dells until you are heading west. Stay on the main trail and avoid any side trails until you hit another large slickrock area.  Follow white dots across slickrock and turn left at the trail they lead to.  Take this trail up and out of the Willow Dells area going west.  It will end at a parking area.  Continue straight across the lot to find the Willow Lake Trail. There is a drinking fountain at the bathroom building just up the hill to the north. Take this trail 1.5 miles until you see a tunnel on your Right. Go through tunnel and under Willow Creek Rd.

Follow to double track turn, left on double track. Continue toward baseball fields, then make a hard left and circle clockwise around the fields. There is a drinking fountain at the building between the four fields. Head out the main entrance to the ball fields, stay straight, and go across the road into Pioneer Park. Look for trail north (right) of the dirt parking lot in front of you. Go up trail to singletrack on left and take singletrack until it ends at double track. Turn uphill on double track take this trail straight up hill. You will be looking directly at Granite Mountain heading West. Dirt road ends at parking lot on Pioneer Parkway.

Turn left on highway and follow it down road to Williamson Valley Rd. Turn left on Williamson Valley Rd at traffic light, and after, about 1 mile turn right on Dineh St. Take first left at stop sign then first right on Katahn, go to end of street. There is a dirt parking area and the start of real trails. Climb up #347 then right on #341 take this until you see gate on right. Take #347 and follow it down until left on #348. Follow 348 PAST gate on left; turns into #352. Bomb downhill to Mint Wash Trail #345 (watch out for other trail users!) and then go left up to lake. just before restroom, turn left turn on #351. Follow #351 to another restroom at the Cayuse TH. There is a water spigot at the bathrooms.

Look for trail #349 ~100’ past the spigot heading south. Follow #349 southwest, cross a road, and stay on #349 as it passes #350 and then begins to wrap back around to the north. ~2.6 miles after the Cayuse TH, the singletrack will cross a 2-track and then shortly thereafter join another 2-track. Look for Clark Springs Trail #40 heading off to the left. Follow it. Climb #40 until hitting a gate at Trail #37. Turn left and bounce down water bars. At next intersection, turn right on the quad trail #619, and follow this roller coaster down until an intersection with #620. Follow this under Iron Springs Highway until you are dumped out on the dirt Dosie Pit Road.

Turn left and follow the Dosie Pit Road for 2.6 miles. Then turn left on West Spruce Trail #264. This turn is easy to miss, but it is signed. Follow the singletrack. You’ll cross a stream (water source, if treated) after ~0.75 miles, and then begin climbing steadily. When you hit a jeep trail, turn left, and continue climbing. It gets steeper. And steeper. Stay on the main jeep trail until hitting a barbed wire gate at the top. Go through the gate, and then look for a faint, unsigned singletrack on the right/south side of the road. Take this. It is still called #247 here. Follow #247 on the ridgeline, ignoring all the trails that drop off the ridgeline to the left.

Eventually you’ll get dumped out on a dirt road. Turn right and climb up to the Sierra Prieta Overlook. At the overlook (the top of the climb), turn left on #366, climb a bit more, and then begin descending. Stay to the right at the next intersection. After a rather steep, loose section, you’ll hit a major trail junction.

Turn right on the unsigned trail #327. All other trails at this intersection are signed. The short and long routes rejoin here.

Look for trails #346/349 ~100’ past the spigot heading south. Follow #346 southeast. Then turn right on trail #332. Cross Granite Basin Rd and go through gate. Continue on #332 until Iron Springs Road. Cross road, proceed to dirt trailhead parking lot, and climb uphill between some rocks on an unsigned 2-track. DO NOT continue straight on #332, the old rail grade.

THIS SECTION IS CHALLENGING TO NAVIGATE WITHOUT A GPS. Climb 2-track for 0.3 miles, and then turn left on unsigned singletrack. Follow singletrack for 0.25 miles to a [likely] dry stream bed and turn left on the far side of it. Follow this old 2-track down for 0.25 miles. Then it veers to the right, and follow it for another 0.25 miles. Turn left onto another 2-track. Follow this for 0.5 miles before turning right onto singletrack. After 0.35 miles of following the most obvious trail, turn right onto a wider trail. Follow this south for 0.2 miles. Turn left. Follow the main trial for 0.3 miles. Turn right. Stay right at 0.15 miles. After another 0.2 miles, turn right onto trail #332.

Follow #332 south. Stay on #332 where it crosses #318. Then cross dirt Thumb Butte Road and turn right on trail #392. Climb south, up through some switchbacks, cross #326, and then turn left on trail #327. Stay on #327 where #387 goes left. Descend to a major trail intersection and stay straight on #327, which is the one unsigned singletrack leaving the intersection. The short and long routes rejoin here.

Follow #327, which turns into #393 if you just stick to the singletrack. Cross Copper Basin Road, and continue on trail #48. This follows a stream for a bit and then switchbacks up. Turn right on the two-track (#9401), and follow the two-track up, past where #48 continues right (DO NOT TURN RIGHT with all the other bike tracks – that is the Whiskey course). Eventually you’ll hit a gate, go through, and stay right on the singletrack. This is Wolverton Mtn Trail #9415. Follow this down, sticking to the main trail/singletrack at any intersections.

Cross White Spar Road at the end of #9415 and continue straight into the parking lot on the other side of the road (there is a water spigot just uphill to the left next to the first outhouse you’ll see in the campground). Look for trail #396 and follow it all the way up until it ends at Senator Hwy.

Cross Senator Hwy and continue onto the steep, loose Trail #299. Follow trail through a series of ups and downs until you hit Spruce Mtn Road. Turn left, and climb for 1.1 miles to Smith Ravine Trail #297, which starts on the other side of a fence on the left/north side of the road. Descend #297 to the bottom, cross Walker Road, and turn left on #305. Follow #305 down, through the campground, eventually again crossing Walker Road. At the end of #305, you pop out in a trailhead parking lot. Turn left on Walker Road, and follow this back to Costco. Done!

Cross Senator Hwy and look for the unmarked singletrack at the north (left) end of the dirt lot. This is the “new” Ranch Trail (do NOT take Trail #299). Climb this new trail for ~3 miles to the intersection with the “old” Ranch Trail. Turn left and follow main trail all the way down to Walker Road (~2.5 miles). Turn left, and you’ll be back at Cosco before you know it. Done!



Use the comment section below to ask questions or make a comment about this race.  This ride is limited to 74 participants.

69 responses to “Prescott Monstercross

  1. I would like to sign up! Where is the link?

  2. Ride info updated for 2014. Signup coming shortly!

  3. is the signup working, didnt see a list or confirmation etc. Thanks!

  4. I was wondering the sane thing as chollaball…..Cheers
    I’m in for the Mini

  5. Sighed up for short, but I assume it won’t be a big deal to switch to long race day?

  6. Ya come Chad what kind of site you running here ;-). Signed up but no confirmation.

  7. Jason Rutherford

    Hello, I can’t find the link to sign up. Looks pleasantly painfull. Any advice?

  8. The signup form is below the cues and above all these comments, hiding right in front of you.

    Switching from the mini to the mega or vice versa on the day of the ride will be no problem at all.

  9. Heads up! signup didn’t show up on my older Mac. Switch computer and there it was…

  10. Is there a confirmation or not?

  11. confirmation?? mini monster

  12. Looks like the new 299 reroute will be all done and cleaned up this weekend.

  13. Really? That’s great last time I was up there the tractor hadn’t moved in months.

  14. The tractor was up and moving late last week, and the trail should indeed be open and mostly finished up this weekend.

    And for all of you concerned about confirmation, there is no confirmation. Just show up, check your name off on the list, and go ride when everyone else rides…simple as that!

  15. Heads up
    we will be working on the new part of trail this Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm
    Wear LONG PANTS, LONG SLEEVE shirt, gloves, HIGH TOP boots and eye protection (sunglasses are fine). Bring at least 1 liter of water.

    Bring flat pedals for your bike, or pack in your boots. You can wear your bike helmet instead of a hard hat. It’s 1.5 miles to bike into the work site.


  16. I worked on the new trail last weekend and it is looking good. I rode it yesterday and it is 100% rideable. There is about a half mile that still needs buffing out but it is in better shape than many of the other trails we will be using. The new section is about 4.2 miles long with about 600′ of climbing. I didn’t ride the rest of the way to the Ranch TH but I’m sure Kurt can fill us in on that.

  17. I have a hotel room at the Best Western I am planning to cancel. Its $150 for Saturday night. Rooms are mostly sold out this weekend, so ping me if you want it. chollaball at cox dot net.

  18. Can’t make this one

  19. Hi Chad,
    After the major crash I had in Sedona, the doctors are making me “rest” so I will have to pass on Prescott. I am major league bummed but should be back on my steed in the next few weeks. Thanks

  20. well crap!…I’m out, blew up my knee, fave fun everyone

  21. Last time I was at White Spar campground the water spigot was still closed for the winter. Do we know for sure if the water will be on in Granite Basin and at White Spar CG?

  22. According to the PNF, water spigots at Granite Basin and White Spar CG have both been turned on for the season as of this past week. So water will be available at Pioneer Park (baseball diamonds after the Dells), Granite Basin, and White Spar. Those are the only 3 water options for the mini and mega routes. The water cache out on the West Spruce climb on the mega route will NOT be there this year, so plan for a long, dry haul between Granite Basin and White Spar CG (4+ hours!).

    The megaMonster route is unchanged for this year.

    The revised miniMonster route gpx file will be posted in the next day or two.

  23. I can verify that the whitespar spigot is flowin nice and cold!

  24. I’m out due to recurring Achilles’ tendonitis.

  25. Dumping snow up here today! Don’t know if its accumulating up high.

  26. Sadly, I must drop out due to ongoing knee issues. Sucks, as I was really looking forward to trying this one. I will borrow wise words from Bill O’Reilly to describe my knee…”FUCKING THING SUCKS !”

  27. you can say that again Bart…this sucks!

  28. I signed up for the miniMonster. Unfortunately, I’m gonna have to bail on this one. These days, working on math coursework takes precedence over having fun on my bicycle. Have fun out there folks!

  29. Any updates on the short course or is v1 official? Things all set for Saturday as it seems to be quiet on here & Facebook

  30. v1 for the short course is official. The track files and ques are set to go for Saturday. And all our snow already melted…

    — kurt

  31. So its going to be up the new trail and down 62? For the Mini

  32. Yup, that’s the new end of the mini route.

  33. I can still switch to the full biggie right?

  34. Going to have to withdraw from this weekends ride

  35. I also have a change in plans and can’t make it sorry for the late notice

  36. David Timmons

    I’m out too, have fun.

  37. man, they are dropping like flies. makes me wonder how cold it is going to be.

  38. Brad Mattingly

    Seeing a lot of drops. Life is definitely busy. Just confirming I’m still in. Heading to Prescott tonight after work. Brad M.

  39. As of a few days ago, we still had 70+ people going (of those that said they were out). I have not updated since Monday though.

  40. The part I ordered for my bike was incorrect so unless I drive to Tucson today I’m out too. Not gonna single speed or fat bike it like you stud muffins :D

  41. oh hey, with all these drops i might sign up my two little girls, cause they are harder than you :p. good luck be safe everyone I’m stoked for tomorrow!

  42. I have to as well. Crazy weekend coming up and it’s just not in the cards unfortunately.

  43. Another dropout. Have to go to texas unexpectedly.

  44. Short version wont import… something error!! Not sure if I’m up for the long one, definitely bringing a light…

  45. The short file is working fine with Topofusion and my Etrex 20, but one other rider has had trouble, too. Try shortening the track to fewer points and see if that solves the problem.

    — kurt

    • Stuck on the side of a highway in phoenix. The car isn’t responding to cussing or pleading… pretty sure the alternator is out.

      Map did work btw, thanks Kurt.

      Have fun today!

      • Sucks. I was forced to skip Sedona BFL because of alternator issues…luckily I googled Friday night for the diagnosis and decided to stay home and have mechanic take a look.

  46. word on the street is we’re supposed to leave a message on here with our finish time…5:10. Matt Braun (long route). Thanks.

  47. 3:29 short route. though someone else put 3:30 that finished before me on the lonely sheet on jeffs car

  48. Eugene Gonzalez

    Shoot me and Aaron D. put in the length of time it took us to complete instead of the time we finished it.

    Got done at 3:10 I think.

  49. Micah Caudle and Anna Seno finished the short course in 10 hrs & 11 minutes (in spite of fairly extreme mechanicals and the non-operational water spigot at Cayuse). Time sheet was gone when we got back.

  50. After analyzing my route it looks like I did the “rather heinous 299 climb” at the end rather than the new trail. My total time per my Garmin was 6:34 if you need to drop me from the official standings I understand. Thanks for putting this on I saw a lot of Prescott I haven’t been to!

  51. Did the mini and finished at 3:06, that’s a lot of suffering for me. I began to bonk half way through White Spar. Fun event but I was alone most of the time (sad).
    I am soooooo glad I didn’t sign up for the Mega like I was planning. thank goodness I had to work today or I would have.

  52. Awesome job, everyone! Apparently the second page of the sign-in sheet must have blown away, so if your first name starts with anything after “Mark,” or if you signed up the morning of the start, I don’t have your finishing time. Please get it to me if you remember what it was! Thanks…sorry for the hassle.

    — kurt

  53. William Pepper

    William Pepper, timed at 1:51 (single speed). Thanks for the great course, casual, and low key event!

  54. Finished at 1:14 . Had a great time . Always nice to meet new faces.

  55. Sean Colonello

    Finish time was 2:08 if I remember correctly, somewhere around 6h 25m (short).

  56. Finished at 1:26pm, short course. Ray Hemmele

  57. Finished at 1:56. Thanks for a great ride!

  58. Nino Filippinetti

    mini at 1:40

  59. Nino Filippinetti

    Wyll was right behind me 1:41

  60. Finished mini around 1:43 or so

  61. The 2ed sheet was gone when I got there, so I wrote in my finish time & also put the time on back of 1st sheet by my name. I think it was 3:00 pm

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  63. 3:35 if I remember right. Dan Doser with the same time as well.

  64. Did the 2014 results ever get posted?

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