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Sky Islands Summit Challenge
May 27, 2017 @ 5:00 am - 5:00 pm$75 – $125
One Summit: Carr Peak, (9,236 feet)
This 10.8 mile moderately difficult to difficult hike, gaining 3,680 feet in elevation. The hike begins at 7:30 a.m.; shuttle leaves from the Oscar Yrun Community Center parking area at 6:50 a.m. Route: Ramsey Canyon, Hamburg Trail, Crest Trail, Carr Peak Trail, Miller Canyon Trail (the trail down Miller Canyon is a 5-mile downhill trek with a 3,375′ drop). Limited to the first 50 challengers. Fee is $75.00.
Double Summit: Carr Peak and Miller Peak (9,465 feet)
This 15 mile difficult to very difficult hike, gaining 4,596 feet. The hike begins at 6:15 a.m.; shuttle leaves the Library parking area at 5:30 a.m. Hikers must reach Bathtub Spring by noon in order to complete the challenge. Route: Ramsey Canyon, Hamburg Trail, Crest Trail, Carr Peak Trail, Crest Trail, Miller Peak Spur Trail, Crest Trail, Miller Canyon Trail. Limited to the first 100 challengers. Fee is $100.00
Elite Triple Summit: Carr and Miller peaks, plus Pat Scott (8,517 feet)
This 18.1 mile hike gains 5,146 feet in elevation, is very difficult to most difficult, and suited for extreme athletes. The hike starts at 5:00 a.m.; shuttle leaves the Domingo Paiz parking area at 4:20 a.m. Challengers must reach Bear Saddle by 1:00 p.m. in order to complete the challenge. Route: Ramsey Canyon, Hamburg Trail, Pat Scott Trail, Spur Trail to Summit, Crest Trail, Carr Peak Trail, Crest Trail, Miller Peak Spur Trail, Crest Trail, Miller Canyon Trail. Limited to the first 50 challengers. Fee is $125.00
Hike fees include Mappy Hour and swag bag. All distances are approximate.
Parking: Summit Challenge participants will meet at the City Complex parking lots on East Tacoma Street (nearest crossroad is Coronado Drive) at Stone Field, Ethel Berger Center, Oscar Yrun Community Center, and Sierra Vista Public Library. Staff will be present to help guide challengers to their appropriate shuttles. Public restrooms, timing chips, granola bars, fruit, water and electrolytes will be available at the City Complex parking area.
Registration is now open! Register here.
Please note that there are no restroom facilities along the routes and you will need to pack in/out your own water and snacks. A greeter will be positioned at the “turn back” points of Bathtub Spring (Double Summit) and Bear Saddle (Elite Triple Summit) and at the summit to stamp your passport. Trash receptacles will be available at Ramsey and Miller trails. Restroom facilities will be available at the City Complex and port-a-johns will be located at Miller Canyon.
Plan to attend Mappy Hour, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, or Friday, May 26, at the Windemere Bar (2047 Hwy 92, Sierra Vista) where you can pick up your swag bag, maps, passports, and more.
All Summit Challengers will receive a complimentary pass to the Savor Sierra Vista Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival, 2 beer tickets, a t-shirt, and other cool swag.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: No. Part of the hikes include Ramsey Canyon Preserve, and no dogs are allowed. Also, due to the strenuous nature of the Challenge and limited water resources, dogs are not allowed.
Q: Why is it so expensive?
A: Included in the cost is a great swag bag, which includes free entry to the wine festival, a shirt, and other goodies. Also staff will provide first aid stations and security measures usually not available to hikers who go into the mountains on their own.
Q: Will the Summit Challenge still take place if the weather is bad?
A: Yes, the Challenge will take place unless there is lightening or flash flood warnings due to rain.
Q: What should I bring to the Challenge?
A: All hikers should bring at least three liters of water, snacks, sunscreen, and other gear such as rain ponchos, layered clothing, and sunglasses. Water may be available on some parts of the trail if you wish to bring a water purification system with you. It is often hot in May, so plan accordingly. Water and electrolytes will be available at the beginning and end of the challenge. All hikers will receive a route and parking map in their swag bag at the registration.
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