Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC)


Thank you to everyone who accepted the PSC18 challenge!

 Information for PSC19 will be available in the Summer of 2019


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Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC19)

November 16, 2019


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Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC)

This nationally recognized hiking event is calling you to put your physical stamina and mental strength to the test. Whether you are pushing yourself to the limits in the PHX7, ramping things up in the PHX5, tackling your first PSC in the PHX4, or you are proving there are no barriers you cannot overcome in the PHX All Abilities, there is a challenge waiting for you. The Phoenix Summit Challenge isn't about finishing first, it is about finding the challenge within yourself and inspiring others to reach for new heights.


UROCK Festival

Held at the South Mountain Park/Preserve Activity Complex, the festival provides a way for challenge goers to celebrate the accomplishments of the day. Kick off those hiking shoes, enjoy a delicious dinner, grab a cold beverage and take advantage of a much-deserved massage! The festival begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome, additional dinner and beer tokens can be purchased at the Mandatory Bag Pick-Up & Expo, a limited number of additional dinner and beer tokens will also be available the day of the event.


The PSC community is
making a difference.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department takes stewardship of the city's 41,000 acres of preserve land seriously. It is through events like PSC that it is able to ensure the city's 200-plus miles of trails are safe, accessible and remain one of the metro area's most beloved resources. The support of the hiking community is appreciated.

Take A Hike. Do It Right. 


Questions? Contact the PSC Team at

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Additional PSC Information:

It will fill up quickly!
Phoenix Summit Challenge is an extremely popular event, and though we would love to allow everyone who is interested to participate, we must put limitations on the number of participants to ensure the safety of the event. The event has historically filled to capacity within moments of the start of registration. We apologize in advance to anyone who is unable to participate, and we strongly recommend that you review the registration.

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Due to the popularity of the event and limited number of available spots in each challenge, all registrations are strictly first-come-first-serve, non-refundable, and non-transferable.

This is a rain or shine event.
The Phoenix Summit Challenge is an outdoor event that is susceptible to environmental conditions that are often unpredictable and can change quickly. Please review weather conditions as we near the event date, and plan accordingly.

Mandatory Bag Pick-Up & Expo.
Join us on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center for the mandatory Bag Pick-Up & Expo. This will be your opportunity to pick-up your official hiker packet, that will include your hiker passport, official event t-shirt, parking wristband(s) and other important event information. Additionally, you can complete your electronic tracking system registration, visit promotional booths from some of our great sponsors, get your State Forty Eight souvenir tank top, purchase extra meals for guests that you are bringing to the UROCK Festival and to stock up on beer tokens. And as a special bonus, REI will be giving attendees an opportunity to win one of their single hiker PSC18 VIP Experiences.

No hiker times will be posted.
This event is a non-competitive hiking challenge. The electronic timing system is used solely as a safety feature and is meant to help event coordinators track the location of hikers. It will not provide an accurate measure of completion times. Additionally, we will not be tracking the order in which participants finish the challenge. Please note, we will be providing the contracted electronic timing company with the first name, last name, and zip code of each participant.

Piestewa Peak will not be a part of PSC18.
Due to an ongoing construction project at the 302 Trailhead, everyone's favorite Piestewa Peak Summit Trail will be excluded from this year's challenge, but don't worry, it will be back.

Note for Team Registrations.
By registering a Team, you are consenting to the role of "Team Captain". As Team Captain you will be responsible for all communication with your team members. The PSC event coordinators will be contacting all Team Captains via e-mail by September 14 with details for submitting your team member information. All team member information will be required by September 28.


Thank you to the 2018 partners for supporting the PSC community!​

REI USAA Wilderness Brewery Mother Brunch Brewery

Crescent Crown DistributingState Forty EightMerrellCamelback Medical Centers 

Central Arizona Mountain Rescue AssociationWatermill ExpressSproutsClif Bar

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Daring Adventures Leave No Trace