May 29, 2021
Registration for the Sky Islands Summit Challenge is now closed. Please call the Sierra Vista Sports Division at (520) 515-4999 to inquire about availability.
Tackle the Huachuca Mountains by taking on one, two, or three peaks--all in one day--in this one-of-a-kind event! All participants get an awesome swag bag, event shirt, bragging rights, tickets* to the Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival, and amazing views from the top!
Held in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Coronado National Forest, this event will take place regardless of weather conditions, unless extreme thunder and lightening is in the forecast. Dress for changing temperatures as you change elevation. Challengers are responsible for carrying their own water and snacks. Check out the trail map.
Registration is limited to the first 250 challengers, so sign up today. Please download, complete, and email the Waiver Release Form. This form must be received prior to your participation in the event.
*Your Summit Challenge bib includes two tickets for the Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival! Each ticket can be redeemed for a glass of beer or three wine or spirit samples.
One Summit: Carr Peak (9,236 feet)
This is a 10.8 mile, moderately difficult hike, gaining 3,680 feet in elevation. The hike begins at 7:30 a.m.; shuttle leaves 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-foot drop.
Fee: $50 per person.
Double Summit: Carr Peak and Miller Peak (9,465 feet)
This 15 mile, difficult-to-very-difficult hike gains 4,596 feet in elevation. The hike begins at 6:15 a.m.; shuttle leaves the Library parking lot 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.
Fee: $75 per person.
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 noon 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.
Fee: $100 per person.
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 there a fee?
A: Included in the cost is a great swag bag, which includes a shirt and other goodies. Also Sports 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.