Antelope Peak Challenge


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

The Antelope Peak Challenge is to ride 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. Then ride back using a chunk of the Arizona Trail, completing a big loop.

Course Information

Saturday January 24, 2015.
65 mile start : 8:00am

We will stage at the parking area by the Tiger Mine Road just north of the town of Oracle. A State Trust Land permit is required to camp in the area. Permit information available here.

Southern Trailhead:  Old Tiger Road Trailhead – Old Tiger Road
– GPS Coordinates:  32.65044° N, 110.73150° W


APC 2013 Short v2.gpx

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)

Join the Google Group to discuss the race.

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 (2012 version for reference only, 65 mile):

Route Description:

Short Course:

From Tiger Mine Ride, ride out toward  Oracle in a neutral start. Someone will be leading the group out past the city of Oracle and toward Willow Springs Rd. The race will officially begin when everyone gets onto Willow Springs Rd.

Eventually you will pass under this sign and hit the 24 HOP, turn left here and ride the 24 HOP singletrack until the next major road.


Turn left to get back on Willow Springs Rd. Continue to Freeman Road and turn right. You will be able to use this information on the AZT to get back to Tiger Mine Road.

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. 

17 responses to “Antelope Peak Challenge

  1. I’m in.

  2. Do we just comment here that we want in or will there be an additional means for signing up? If simply here, I’m in.

  3. Is there single track all the way to the top of Antelope? Entrance marked/easy to find?

    • It is more of a bushwhack. You want to approach from the west side, where the AZT dumps onto the dirt road. Instead of turning right on the dirt road, you can pedal up a little ways to the left and stash your bike some where. Hoof it to the top following whatever line looks best. Awesome views from the top and a little book to put your name in. It should take way less time than the 75 minute bonus. I think it is worth doing.

  4. Worth the trip, like Jeff mentioned.

  5. I need to cancel, have a conflict for Saturday morning. Have a fun ride all!

  6. I’m in.

  7. I’m in

  8. Looks like Shelby wants to do it twice. ;)

  9. Alexis, Eszter and Scott are in.

    I wanted to make a quick route update — the GPX track has the route going backwards on the 24 hour course, when really we should be riding it in the correct direction. There will likely be people out there riding the course, so we should go with the flow.

    The difference is small — probably the same mileage. I’m not going to update the GPX, so either route will be fine in case someone hasn’t ridden the course.

    I’ll explain more at Tiger Mine.

  10. Need to pack 7-8 hours of water, or is there a tank/stream along the way?

  11. There is a water cache box at Freeman road, roughly halfway mileage-wise. It is northbound on the AZT just past the Freeman TH, just off track. I’ll talk about it at the meeting in the morning. (This is Scott)

  12. Sweet, no filter to pack :)

  13. Pingback: AES Antelope Peak Challenge… In reverse. | Riding The Lines

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