63 miles
7,199 ft
-7,202 ft
4,378 ft
High Point

This is a self-supported grassroots event. No entry fee, no prizes, no aid stations. Simply you, your bike on the trail under your own power.

This is the kickoff event to the AES race calendar held in conjunction with the shuttled Gila100. In recent years the route has been ridden in a CW direction, but it can be done CCW as well. In the CW direction the route begins with a neutral rollout over the first 10 miles of pavement. The frenzy begins when the route turns north onto Willow Springs road. A short piece of the famed 24 Hour in the Old Pueblo course is used and links up to the primitive Painter Boy trail. Route finding skills are essential through here, know how to read & use a GPS!! More dirt road follows, the final 27 miles are on the Arizona Trail. This section is beautiful, remote, rugged and very challenging. The AZT consists of singletrack, jeep roads, wash crossings and plenty of hike-a-bike opportunities. Cross under the Tiger Mine trailhead sign and celebrate a ride well done.

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Trails in Route


  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for AES Antelope Peak Challenge mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,792 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,084 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,081 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    32 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Nov 12, 2017 @ 2:14pm
Nov 12, 2017
Painter Boy
Jan 23, 2017 @ 6:12pm
Jan 23, 2017
Trail is mostly overgrown and, as has been said, very hard to follow even with GPS. Trail does get more distinct as you get closer to the 24 HOP intersection on the south end. It appears that the trail, if you call it that, is no longer accessible from willow springs on the north side as "no trespass" signs have been posted.
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