Antelope Peak Challenge


The start of the Arizona Trail with Antelope Peak in the background.

The Antelope Peak Challenge is to ride the Arizona Trail from Oracle, AZ to Antelope Peak, which lies in the middle of a remote piece of the Sonoran Desert. A time bonus is given for optionally reaching the summit of the peak (which has no trail). Then ride back using a combination of dirt roads, cattle trails and the 24 hour course.

Course Information

Saturday January 23, 2016 – 8:00am.

We’re going back to the APC roots this year!  The loop will be ridden counterclockwise.  We will stage at a parking area on the west side of Willow Springs Road – about 6.5 miles north of 77. Click here for google maps. A State Trust Land permit is required to ride trails (except for the AZT) in the area, and to park or camp at Willow Springs (where we stage). Permit information available here. Permits are only available by mail, so make sure you send in your application early.


See TopoFusion’s Tutorial on uploading GPX tracks for help loading these files onto your GPS.

Time Bonuses:
75 minutes — Reaching the summit of Antelope Peak (~0.5 miles and ~400 feet off route)

60 minutes – for riding a partial loop of the 24 hour course, from where Painter Boy joins the route to Willow Springs. That is, when you get to the start/finish area of 24 hour town, you head out towards ‘the bitches’ and complete a lap to Willow Springs, rather than following the GPX, which cuts to the His/Hers trail directly.

120 minutes – for each additional lap of the 24 hour course — NO LIMIT on the number of extra laps a rider can log!

Route caution: There is a high probability that you will get more than 1 flat during the ride. Tubeless with fresh sealant is highly recommended. If you are running tubeless or tubes, make sure to plan accordingly with 2-3 spare slime tubes. Sealant is highly recommended in all tubes.

Course Map :


Route Description:

From Willow Springs Road, ride south toward 77 in a neutral start. Continue the neutral start east on 77, past Oracle to Tiger Mine Road. At the start of Tiger Mine Road the race officially starts. Head north on Tiger Mine to the Arizona Trail – about 1.5 miles. Ride the AZT some 30 miles, past and around Antelope Peak (optional stop to climb the peak on foot – good for time bonus but there is no trail — figure out your own route!) to Freeman Road. Take Freeman Road West to Willow Springs / Barkerville Road. Continue South on Willow Springs Road to the Painter Boy trail, 24 hour downhill, to 24 hour town, then His/Hers trails. His/Hers will dump you out into the finish.

This race has been made available largely in collaboration with Scott Morris of

Click here for results

Use the comment section below to ask questions or write comments. 


33 responses to “Antelope Peak Challenge

  1. Will be first time running this crs, curious how the bonus time for going to top of peak works. Will there be a existing trail off crs route or will this option be a cross country type accent / decent ?
    Also, is there water ( assuming filtering will be required ) available on crs ?

    • There is no trail to the peak. It’s up to the rider to figure out their own summit route!

      There is water available just north of the AZT’s Freeman road trailhead. It’s in the form of a public water cache (jugs of water in a big box). It’s good to know where this is, but we do ask that racers not plan to use it.

      There are a few tanks available to filter water on the route, as well, but nothing super reliable.

  2. Would like to sign up for Antelope Peak Challenge. …….thx

  3. In!

    Planning to beat Ray based only on time bonuses.

  4. im in

  5. In!

  6. In!

  7. Just curious as to how many others are planning to camp? I’m planning to be there on Friday and stay through Sunday. Any other single speeders out there or is this route better suited for full suspension 1×10?

  8. IN. Camping out Sat. night, then exploring the Painter Boy network of ‘trails’ Sunday morning.

  9. Just a quick reminder to get your state land permits mailed in. They are usually pretty quick on the turnaround, so if you send it this week, it should arrive in time. I sent my renewal in a couple days ago.

  10. Just got my permit today! I will be there to beat the original curmudgeon, JeffZ.

  11. Got my permit. How do we prove we did the hike to the summit or extra laps on the 24hr op loop? GPS?

    • We operate on the honor system. But I recommend taking photos of the view at the peak, regardless! And people will be there to observe and cheer on people doing extra laps.

  12. Who do I talk to about getting a Arizona Endurance Series Jersey?

  13. Are we allowed to resupply at our vehicle if doing multiple laps?

  14. i downloaded the GPX file and the track line is on the AZT at tiger mine for a bit then off then back on is it supposed to be that way?

    • Shelby — is it possible you are comparing the track to an older AZT track that uses the gasline route? That might explain why it goes off and then on. The bypass of the gasline got added to the AZT and APC just a few years ago. I just checked the track and it looks like it’s AZT from Tiger Mine to Freeman.

  15. Not that I’m fighting for the lead or anything, but my finish time was 6:12pm, not 6:42pm :p

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