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 20, 2018 – 8:00am.

We’re 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 available by mail and also online now, so make sure you send in your application early.


2018 route has new entrance to Painter Boy.

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


Back by popular demand (ok one person asked about it) is the mega APC loop. Essentially it is the usual APC course with a little jaunt to the Ripsey trailhead added in. Is it long? You betcha. Will it hurt? Oh, it will. On to details.

January 20, 2017 – 5:00am.

Same place as the “short” loop.


Course Map :


Click here for results

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


18 responses to “Antelope Peak Challenge

  1. I have rode the section of this loop from Tiger Mile to Antelope Peak and the Freeman Road trailhead in 5 hours last May 2017 and used a lot of water. Do the riders who do this 60 mile loop typically resupply water at the cache there or carry all they need for the 60? I am doing the ride on 1/20, but no idea if I should drop some water at that cache prior to starting. Sure appreciate any info.

    Sean Carlin

  2. One of us usually goes out to check out the water cache before the ride. If you go out there, could you let us know how much. If I go, I will do the same for you, Sean.

    • Carlos R Burgos

      As 1/1/18there where 15 gallons of water but u have to remember not to take a whole gallon for urself a lot of people depend on that water..posibly guys from samba will drop another 10gls on the 20th

  3. I try to make it a practice to always bring water to resupply a cache if I’m driving there. Finding water at the caches can save your bacon, but it relies on individuals to voluntarily fill them. I usually carry enough for the whole ride – just so I can skip that stop, But then I don’t drink as much as some people. YMMV.

  4. appreciate the info, I will definitely let you know if I go there and will bring a supply to stock it up the night before if needed.

  5. What is the approximate mileage for the shorter loop?

  6. 60 miles…under the map, it has a profile that includes the mileage.

  7. What’s the estimated time to complete the mega loop?

    • you can see finish times on the results page. 2012 is the last year this was done and the one with the most people attempting.

  8. Hey Everyone. Looking forward to this ride! Just signed up.

  9. I’m curious about how many people are signed up for the long loop?

  10. Maxwell Higgins

    On 1/13/18 I put 5 gallons in the Freeman Rd. water cache and that made it basically full – at least 40 gallons.

  11. Here’s to hoping the weather tomorrow isn’t a complete disaster!

  12. Anyone camping out there tonight? I keep flip flopping on going or not going. Just going to do it. Will probably skip the hike up to the peak.

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