Phoenix Summit Challenge 2017

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Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC18)

November 17, 2018

Mandatory Bag Pick-Up & Expo.
Saturday, November 10th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center

Registration has concluded. Thank you to the hiking community for supporting PSC18.

PSC18 Trail Maps:

Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC)

Our 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 1st, 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, invites 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 will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude 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.

We take the stewardship of our 41,000 acres of Phoenix preserves very seriously. It is through events like PSC that we are able to ensure that our 200 miles of trails are safe, accessible, and remain one of city's most beloved resources. We appreciate the support of the hiking community, we could not do it without you.

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 tips listed above.

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 10th from 10 a.m. - 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 tee 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 email by September 14th with details for submitting your team member information. All team member information will be required by September 28th.

A big thank you to our 2018 partners for supporting the PSC community!​

REIUSAACentral Arizona Mountain Rescue AssociationState Forty Eight

Crescent Crown DistributingArizona Parks and Recreation AssociationDaring Adventures Leave No Trace