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<October 2014>
100 Miles

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
  • Horseback Riding 200 miles
  • Mountain Biking 300 miles

So 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!

Happy Trails!


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

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure

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
Description • From Pipeline trailhead north end take trail out to the end and back
  (4.0 miles).
Total 4.0 miles

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Scenic, Pemberton and Tonto Tank

• 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

• 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
• 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

• 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 Matate 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

• 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

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 Friday, November 1, 2013 and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
  • The completed form must be received by 5:00 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-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 Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.
  • 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 28, 2014.
  • *The following parks will not be hosting the final celebration on February 28, 2014 - Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.



Rock Art of Spur Cross - 10/22/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 10/22/2014
CANCELED - Sunrise Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 10/23/2014
Exploring New Trails with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 10/23/2014
Easy Mountain Bike Ride - McDowell - 10/23/2014
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/23/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 10/23/2014
Exploring New Trails - Come Hike it with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 10/24/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/24/2014
"Know Your Knots" Park Ranger Program - Lake Pleasant - 10/24/2014
All About Scorpions - Usery Park - 10/24/2014
Zombie Apocalypse: Can you SURVIVE? - San Tan - 10/24/2014
Scorpion Hunt (Last one of the year!!) - Usery Park - 10/24/2014
Black Rock Archaeology Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 10/25/2014
Make a Difference Day: Build Bat houses at McDowell Mountain Regional Park - 10/25/2014
Bike Demo - Estrella Park - 10/25/2014
Petroglyph Hike -Estrella Park - 10/25/2014
Library Program - The Big Green - White Tank Mtn. - 10/25/2014
PROGRAM CANCELLED Exploring New Trails - Come Hike it with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 10/25/2014
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 10/25/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/25/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 10/25/2014
PROGRAM CANCELLED Night Time Birds, Live! At Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 10/25/2014
“Open House and Halloween Howl!” - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/25/2014
Ghost Story Campfire -Estrella Park - 10/25/2014

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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

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