Crown King Scramble 50 Km Trail Run

17 Oct 2020 (Sat)


Join Crown King Scramble 50 Km Trail Run

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in North America, with an area of 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert. The Crown King Scramble is a point to point uphill 50 kilometer foot race from the shores of Lake Pleasant in the heart of the Sonoran Desert to the town of Crown King.

This is Arizona’s classic 50K foot race from Lake Pleasant to the old mining town of Crown King. The trail traverses through several climate zones that takes you from “spines” to “pines”. The first half of the race is on rolling smooth dirt forest roads and the back half is on rough four wheel drive jeep trail that climbs steeply up into the mountains. You’ll watch Lake Pleasant grow smaller and smaller in the distance as the promise of cooler temperatures drives you forward. The race starts at 1700 feet elevation and tops out at mile 28.7 at 652o feet elevation before a final 600 foot descent into the finish. This is a race that has it all.

Destacable en la ruta

Start Lake Pleasant Regional Park – Castle Creek Boat Ramp (Elev 1700)

Mile 0.0 – West on Castle Creek Drive
Mile 1.1 – Straight onto Castle Hot Springs Road
Mile 4.1 – Turn right onto Cow Creek Road
Mile 8.5 – COW CREEK AID- On Cow Creek Road
Mile 11.3 – Straight on Cow Creek Rd
Mile 13.2 – Straight on Upper French Creek Rd – (Cow Creek Rd Ends)
Mile 15.3 – FRENCH CREEK AID – Int – Right onto Crown King Tr (Elev 2900)
Mile 19.1 – SILVER MOUNTAIN AID (Elev 4100)
Mile 21.2 – Enter Prescott National Forest – Begin FR711 (Elev 4260)
Mile 22.3 – FORT MISERY AID (Elev 4340)
Mile 25.3 – Int – Go Right on FR192
Mile 27.0 – ORO BELLE AID (Cattleguard above Oro Belle Mine) (Elev 5700)
Mile 28.7 – Summit (Elev 6520)
Mile 29.3 – Int – Right on FR52 (Elev 6330)
Mile 30.4 – Int – Left on FR259 (Crown King Rd) (FR 52 turns right)
Mile 30.9 – Int – Left – Enter Town of Crown King
Mile 31 – Finish (Crown King Saloon) (Elev 5900)

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Camping is permitted near the start in Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Lodging is also available at: Bear Creek Cabins, Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch, Cedar Roost Inn, Crown King Saloon.

After Race Services

Post race barbecue included with entry, live band, party, & socializing

Aid Stations

Five aid stations on course providing water, electrolyte drink, fruit, sweet snacks, & salty snacks.

Award Medals

Awards to top 3 male & female finishers. Awards to top masters male & female. All finishers will receive a finisher’s mason jar beer mug. All finishers will receive a finisher’s hoody. $250 for first place male & first place female. $1,000 bonus for a new men’s course record. $1,000 bonus for a new women’s course record.

Equipment Storage

Drop bags are only permitted at French Creek Aid Station and the Finish. Please label your drop bag with the appropriate aid station name, your bib number, last name and place next to the aid station signs at the start on race morning. ALL DROP BAGS MUST BE AT THE START LINE BY 5:30AM! Drop bags will be returned to the finish line in Crown King when French Creek Aid Station closes down.

Maximum Time

9 hours


Parking is available at Castle Creek Boat Ramp at the north end of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

Provided Photo Service

SweetM Images


Beer available for purchase at the finish line! (bring cash & support the town).


Chip Timing


There will be a one-way shuttle option available after the race leaving at 3:30pm going from the finish line at the Crown King Saloon back to the start at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. You can now book the shuttle for $40.00 per person through the mail-in form or online.



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