Racing the Arizona Trail



AZT Race GPS Data


4/7/14 - 2014 course GPX updates are done!

AZT 300 2014 revision 1 data [GPX format]

AZTR 750 2014 revision 1 data [GPX format]

All files (including previous years) are in the GPX directory. There are also pre-simplified (10k) versions.

See track uploading tutorial for help getting the GPX file onto your GPS.

AZTR 300/750 cue sheets


2014 cues are here.

Mileage cues - AZTR 300/750 Cues 2014 - rev1 [Excel Format]

Warning: The cues are were taken using GPS mileage, so expect them to be underestimates, if anything.
Warning 2: The cues are not as detailed when the route is on the AZT. For detours expect high detail, but otherwise it's up to you to stay on the Arizona Trail. GPS and maps are highly recommended. See aztrail.org for detailed info on the trail, maps, current conditions and water sources.

AZT 300 Route Description


The race starts at the AZT Trailhead at Parker Canyon Lake. It follows the Arizona Trail to the town of Patagonia, passing through Canelo Pass. This ~35 mile section of primarily singletrack will give racers a taste of what's to come. Expect some hike-a-bike, right off the bat. Elevations range from 4500 to 6000 feet.

In Patagonia, the Arizona Trail heads north into the Mount Wrightson Wilderness. The race doesn't follow it, but instead state highway 82 to Sonoita, regaining the Arizona Trail as it comes out of the Wilderness area in Gardner Canyon -- just in time for the oh-so-sweet Flume Trail.

The route follows the AZ Trail through Kentucky Camp and onto the newly constructed Las Colinas and Cienega passages of the trail. The final touches on these segments were finished just in time for the 2011 edition of the race. The race then hits pavement on Old Spanish Trail to detour around Saguaro National Park (wilderness). It passes through the east side of Tucson, where grocery stores, restaurants and even bike shops provide opportunity to refuel and repair. Tucson is the halfway point on the route, at roughly 130 miles.

Out of Tucson, the race climbs the dirt Redington Road to the "side door", then on connecting 4x4 roads to the AZT coming out of the Rincon Mountains. Follow beautiful high desert singletrack on the Bellota and Molino trails, crossing the Catalina Highway and continuing to climb to Prison Camp.

At Prison Camp, the route begins a 3000 foot paved climb to Summerhaven. At Summerhaven follow the Oracle Ridge Trail (hike-a-bike shoes on standby), Cody Trail, followed by more AZT through Oracle State Park to Highway 77. After a brief stint on Tiger Mine Rd, the Antelope Peak section of the AZT begins. After countless up and downhill switchbacks, the AZT climbs the crest the Black Hills, before dropping down to cross the sandy Bloodsucker Wash. More singletrack begins around the shoulder of Antelope Peak. This is a very remote stretch of Sonoran desert.

The AZT continues through the Boulders segment. Stunning desert scenery and quality switchbacks are the hallmarks of these trails. After the Boulders segment ends, the race continues onto the famous Ripsey ridgeline, where the views are huge and the climbing is painful. The route crosses the Gila River on a car bridge in Kelvin, AZ, then (as of 2012) starts a long and newly constructed singletrack section known as the "Gila Canyons". Gila Canyons traverses one of the most beautiful and colorful areas in the state, full of rhyolite formations and saguaro studded ridges. Gila Canyons connects to the Picketpost segment, the traditional finish of the 300. The finish line is the hiker sign pictured below, at the Picketpost Trailhead.

Superior, AZ is 4 miles east on US 60. Food, motel, etc can be found there.