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Cave Creek Thriller 50K

Intermediate

Trail

32.0 mile 51.4 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,193' 669 m
Descent: -1,575' -480 m
High: 2,504' 763 m
Low: 1,443' 440 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Noah Dougherty

Now in its ninth year, the Cave Creek Thriller connects two great Maricopa County Regional Parks in one race!

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Overview

This race offers a unique opportunity to start your day at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park and traverses the northern portion of the Maricopa Trail all the way to the Cave Creek Regional Park where you'll enjoy some incredible singletrack with views of Cave Creek and Tonto National Forest.

Description

50K runners will begin their day at the Agua Fria Trailhead on the perimeter of Lake Pleasant Regional Park and travel along the Maricopa Trail for the first 20+ miles. You'll spend time on the Black Canyon Trail, run through Anthem along a desert corridor, and eventually enter Cave Creek Regional Park on some of the best singletrack in the area including Quartz Trail, Go John Trail and Overton Trail.

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Coming down the Overton Trail
Sep 27, 2018 near Cave Creek, AZ
Sharp left turn into the dry wash.
Mar 25, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Junction of Go John Trail and Overton Trail; stay to the right and follow Overton Trail.
Mar 25, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Steep downhill on Overton; Nature Center (with water and air conditioning) visible in foreground; beware of equestrian groups.
Mar 25, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Double switchbacks on Overton Trail.
Mar 25, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Junction with Go John Trail. Make sure you turn left at this junction as the Go John Trail to the north is only for experts.
Mar 25, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ

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