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Are you up to a challenge this fall? If so, keep reading! This year, Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department is challenging you complete 100 Miles in 100 Days!

To make things more interesting, we're going to let you decide how these miles will be completed...hiked, mountain biked, or on horseback. Here are your options:

  • Hiking 100 miles
  • Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding 200 miles

We've also started up a community page on Facebook so you can share your success stories, connect with others participating in the challenge, and participate in fun activities!

facebook.com/MCParks100MilesIn100Days

Lace up your hiking boots, dust off your mountain bikes and saddle up those horses because it's time for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge!

 

Download 100 Miles in 100 Days Entry Form here...

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure Blank park log with trail names/lengths
100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure Completely blank log

Sample trail guide:
Cave Creek Regional Park
Trail(s) Go John and Overton
Description • Start at Go John trailhead.
• Circle the Go John loop back to the trailhead (5.8 miles).
• From Go John trailhead, take Go John north to Overton and return
   to Go John trailhead (6.5 miles).
Total 12.3 miles


Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Rainbow Valley, Toothaker, Coldwater, Dysart, Gadsden and Rainbow
Description • Take Rainbow Valley from trailhead to Toothaker and then back
   to trailhead (5.6 miles).
• From Coldwater trailhead take trail north to Gadsden and then to
   Butterfield connect with Coldwater back to trailhead (6.1 miles).
• From Rainbow trailhead take trail to Dysart and cross over to
   Butterfield and then connect with Coldwater back to Rainbow
   trailhead parking lot (5.3 miles).
Total 17.0 miles
 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Trail(s) Pipeline Canyon. Cottonwood, and Yavapai Point
Description

• From Pipeline trailhead north end take trail out to the end and back (4.0 miles).
• Cottonwood trail to Yavapai Point trail out to the end and back (5.4 miles).

Total 9.4 miles
   

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Scenic, Pemberton and Tonto Tank
Description

• Start at Scenic trailhead take trail loop (3.7 miles).
• From trailhead, take Pemberton to Tonto Tank and then back to
   the Pemberton trail (east) back to the trailhead (8.2 miles).

Total 11.9 miles
   

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Goldmine, San Tan, Hedgehog and Moonlight
Description

• From trailhead take Gold Mine trail north to top of Saddle and
   back (3.5 miles).
• Begin at the San Tan trailhead and take the trail to Hedgehog.
  Connect back to San Tan and finish off on the Moonlight trail (4.4
  miles).
• Start at the Littleleaf trailhead and continue to Goldmine. Link into
   the San Tan and finish off on Moonlight (4.0 miles).

Total 11.9 miles
   

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Trail(s) Spur Cross, Tortuga and Matate
Description

• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross then take Tortuga around
  to Spur Cross back to trailhead (3.6 miles).
• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross to the Metate then head
  south to the Tortuga trail and back on Spur Cross Trail to trailhead
  (5.0 miles).
• From trailhead, take Spur Cross west to park boundary and return
  to trailhead on same trail (8.4 miles).

Total 17 miles
   

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Wind Cave, Blevins, Meridian and Cat Peaks
Description

• From Wind Cave trailhead take trail up and back (3.0 miles).
• From Blevins trailhead take trail south to Meridian and cross over
   to Cat Peaks back to Blevins and return (4.1 miles).

Total 7.1 miles
   

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Waterfall, Mule Deer, South, Goat Camp, Mesquite, Willow Canyon, Ford and Waddell
Description • Start at Waterfall trailhead. Take trail up and back (2.0 miles).
• Start trail west of the library and go to the Mule Deer. Go to South
   Trail and then to Goat Camp. Follow Bajada to Mule Deer and
   back to the library (4.1 miles).
• From Area 7, take Mesquite to Willow Canyon and return on
   Mesquite (8.3 miles).
• From Ford Canyon trailhead go west to Waddell and then take
   Mesquite Canyon back to trailhead (3.7 miles).
Total 18.1 miles
   
NOTE:

Remember, the Maricopa Trail contains many miles of trails and may be used as a substitute.


Rules and Regulations:

  • The program begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
  • A completed trail schedule form must be received by 4 p.m., no exceptions, and may be turned into any participating County park.
  • * To be eligible for the grand prize drawing of an Annual Pass ($75 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $100), participants must visit a minimum of three parks, have park staff initial and date route(s) hiked and attach receipts (provide annual pass number above, if applicable).
  • The Maricopa Trail may be substituted for one park.
  • Participant may NOT combine their form/miles with another participant's form/miles to reach the 100 or 200 mile goal.
  • If the selected winner currently holds an Annual Pass, the Annual Pass will be renewed for one year upon date of expiration.
  • You may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and 25 percent via secondary mode. For example if you decide your primary mode is hiking (100 miles) and horseback riding (200 miles) is your secondary mode, 75 miles must be hiked and 50 miles must be completed on horseback for a total of 125 miles.
  • All participants who complete the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the park program finale celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
  • Tee-shirts must be picked up at the park.
  • Participants may make arrangements to pick up a shirt from the park at a later date.
  • Tee-shirts will NOT be shipped to customers and park(s) will not be responsible for product not picked up after Friday, March 20, 2015.
  • Participants may receive no more than one tee-shirt per campaign year, regardless of number of miles hiked, biked or ridden.
  • *The following parks will not be hosting the final celebration on February 28, 2015 - Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
   

 

 

Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike - White Tank Mtn.
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - North Trail
Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Home School Program: "Grandmother's Smiles" - Usery Park
Tiny Tumbleweeds: Toddler Stroll - San Tan
Friday Fitness Hike - Yavapai and Cottonwood Trails- Lake Pleasant
All About Desert Holes - San Tan
Fireside with the Ranger! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sunset Hike -Estrella Mountain
Family Fun Reindeer Stories and Campfire Smores - Lake Pleasant
Movie Night in the Park: “Untamed Americas: Deserts” - Usery Park

TRAILWORK Volunteers Day - San Tan - 12/20/2014
Archery 202 - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
CLASS FULL Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 12/20/2014
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
Trailside Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 12/20/2014
"Geology of Arizona" - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/20/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 12/20/2014
Hiking 101 - San Tan - 12/20/2014
Animal Art! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/20/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 12/20/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
Mammals of Arizona, Live! - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Life in the Desert -Estrella Park - 12/20/2014
Black Rock Luminary Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 12/20/2014
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/21/2014
Family Mystery Hike -Estrella Park - 12/21/2014
Desert Cuisine: Persimmons and Pomegranates - San Tan - 12/21/2014
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 12/21/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 12/22/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park***CANCELLED*** - 12/24/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/24/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 12/24/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Lousley Hill - 12/26/2014
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 12/26/2014
more...


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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov

 
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