Route / GPX

AZT300 Elevation Profile available on Redbubble. (300 Finisher version also available) 100% of proceeds are donated to the ATA.

AZT Race GPS Data

New files for 2020. AZT800 adds more trail and dirt!! New singletrack section on the Mogollon Rim on the Happy Jack segment. There is also new singletrack on Babbitt Ranch. The route now uses the Mt. Elden portion skirting the Flagstaff city limits including a new re-route north of US89. The Colonel Devin trail has been added near Washington Park. A few minor track variances have also been corrected.

AZT300 2020 revision 2 data [GPX format] Simplified [GPX 10k Version]

AZT800 2020 revision 8 data [GPX format] Simplified [GPX 10k Version]

AZTR 2019 snow detours [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.

AZT800 Elevation Profile available on Redbubble. (800 Finisher version also available)
100% of proceeds are donated to the ATA.

AZT 300/800 cue sheets

Mileage cues – AZT300-800 Cues 2020 – v1 [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. 


Route Checklist for Section Riders

These spreadsheets help keep track of miles completed if riding the routes as a series of day rides or short bikepacking trips. When complete, you become eligible for the finishers patch & sticker. This is similar to the ATA’s belt buckle upon completing the trail over months or years. No matter how long it takes, it’s worth it!!

AZT300 Checklist
AZT800 Checklist


Resources

AZT Bikepacking Guide by Craig Fowler
The AZT bikeable passages by John Schilling
The Arizona Trail Association’s Mountain Biking page


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 Las Colinas and Cienega passages of the trail. 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 120 miles. 

Out of Tucson, the race climbs the dirt Redington Road to the “side door”, then on connecting 4×4 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 towards 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 & Ripsey segments. Stunning desert scenery and quality switchbacks are the hallmarks of these trails. After the Boulders segment ends, the route continues onto the famous Ripsey ridgeline, where the views are huge and the climbing is painful. The route crosses the Gila River on an auto bridge in Kelvin, AZ, then starts a long singletrack section known as the “Gila River Canyons”. The Gila River Canyons traverse one of the most beautiful and colorful areas in the state, full of rhyolite formations and saguaro studded ridges. The Gila River Canyons connect to the Picketpost segment, aka Alamo Canyon, 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.

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Picketpost trailhead, AZT300 finish line.

AZT800 Route Description

The AZT leaves Picketpost trailhead on singletrack for a couple miles. It then skirts the Superstition Wilderness by accessing a series of jeep roads. Resupply can be found in Queen Valley before returning to more remote jeep roads.

Connect to a fun maze of trails in Gold Canyon and then restock at the nearby shopping center. A bit of pavement leads to the Jacob Crosscut trail where stunning views of the Superstitions can be had. Cross AZ88 and follow a series of dirt roads & singletrack. Exit the Goldfield Mtns. via Bulldog Canyon. Follow pavement by Saguaro Lake (Snacks/water can be found at the marina) and pick up an OHV route linking into the graded 4 Peaks road. Climb away. At the summit the route joins the AZT for more jeep road traversing on the Mazatzal Divide. Singletrack takes riders down to Sunflower (No services) where it crosses AZ87. Water should be flowing in Sycamore Creek before Sunflower.

Gold Ridge Trail #47.

Ride about 5 miles of AZT on the north side of AZ87, then connect to pavement – remnants of the old Beeline Hwy. Begin a climb up dirt FS201 then veer off onto FS25 to FS25A for some rugged backcountry climbing. Shade and water can be found along West Fork Creek before joining the AZT once more along the Cornucopia Trail #86. The singletrack ends at the Mt. Peeley trailhead before resuming more dirt road along FS201. At the top look for the Goldridge Trail #47 and begin a 5 mile descent to the Deer Creek trailhead. Cross AZ87 and ride the 3 paved miles of AZ188 to Jake’s Corner. Take a dirt road spur to Rye, then begin the first in a series of rugged climbs.

The route goes through the center of Payson, then finds fast forest roads for a bit. The route becomes increasingly more rugged leading to Tonto Natural Bridge area. After dropping down a steep descent, the trail abruptly points up linking back to the AZT where riders will stay until Utah. The trail is very rugged leading into Pine and continues to dish out punishment as it traverses the Highline trail.

At Washington Park the trail turns north on the Colonel Devin trail and attains the Rim shortly thereafter. The Blue Ridge passage begins and the route is firmly planted in the tall trees. There are a couple of notable hike-a-bike sections here before the route crosses AZ87. New for 2020 is singletrack bypassing most of the rugged forest roads on the Happy Jack passage.

Cross Lake Mary road and continue north. Mormon Lake is slightly off route, but many riders use this as a resupply point. The trail continues north on singletrack and eventually crosses Lake Mary Road for a second time. Jeep roads await along with rocks & post-holing from free ranging cattle. Welcome to Anderson Mesa. The trail drops off the mesa and returns to blissful singletrack leading towards Flagstaff.

The route now utilizes the Mt. Elden passage and takes riders up Fisher Point and through Walnut Canyon. The trail climbs around the north side of Mt. Elden and rejoins the Flagstaff cutoff near Schultz Creek. The trail climbs steadily on the shoulder of Mt. Humphreys topping out near 9,000′ below Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Enjoy a long methodical descent to the open ranch lands of Babbitt Ranch and more new singletrack. The Coconino Rim brings more singletrack riding all the way in to Tusayan and beyond.

Enter the Grand Canyon via bikepath, then a bit of singletrack leading to the South Kaibab trail. Focus on the task at hand, dismantle your bike, strap it to your back and begin the 21 mile trek to the North Rim. *The wheels must NOT touch the ground!! No exceptions. No napping on the trail, if you plan to snooze, you must obtain a camping permit for either Bright Angel or Cottonwood CGs*

On the north side, the Kaibab Plateau offers forested singletrack and open meadow riding with some hike-a-bike mixed in. Jacob Lake is the last resupply, slightly off-route, roughly 30 miles from the finish. Cross US89A and begin a singletrack assault towards the Utah state line. Forested singletrack gives way to scrub meadows and a slow transformation of brown dirt to orange.

The final descent to Stateline drops some 1500′ over a few miles with a series of large radius turns. One last hill and the finish is in sight.

Congratulations, you just completed the AZT800!!

Finishers monument. Photo by aztrail.org.