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Mining Country Challenge
Updated 07/28/2019


Saddle up, Pard'ner, it's time to hit the trail! And some trail it is!

We're not talking about some easy little jaunt into the desert on some mule with no name (apologies to America) with a pick and shovel slung over your shoulder, no, Sir-ee! However, when you see what you'll be climbing, you may want to reconsider that mule!

Or maybe get a mountain goat!

Climb, climb, then climb some more. That's the Mining Country Challenge. It's not for everyone, but if you aspire to put your climbing abilities to the test, this really is the ride for you.

(Note: Only the Metric Century will be available this year.)


  • A Saturday in mid-March, to coincide with the Apache Leap Festival in Superior, AZ
  • Registration / Check-in: 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM
  • The Ride (Metric Century only this year) starts at 8:30 AM – No mass start
  • Registration will be available in mid-January


  • Ride starts AND ends in Superior, Arizona
  • Registration, Check-in, and ride start is near Main St. & Magma Alley. Look for the signs and the registration table.
  • Parking is available on Main Street and at the east end of the courthouse. Or park along a side street.


The Metric Century (66 miles)


  • The ride starts in Old Town Superior in the heart of Arizona's mining country in the beautiful Tonto National Forest.
  • From Superior, you'll go east, passing the Ray Mine, going 31 miles and stopping in Winkelman where there will be a sandwich lunch served.
  • From there, the route returns on the same path, again passing the Ray Mine.
  • The route culminates in a climb called "The End of the World", a 1.5-mile climb that averages 11%. After you make it up that hill, you will think it is the end of the world! From the top, it is downhill into Superior.

After Your Ride