Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC)

Phoenix Summit Challenge 2017


Phoenix Summit Challenge PSC21

November 20, 2021


Registration is now closed!


Thank you for everyone who accepted the PSC21 challenge, and good luck!


If you missed the hiker bag pick-up, please email the PSC Team at


Or visit the PSC office at:

2705 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(Natural Resources Division Office)

Tuesday, November 16 - Friday, November 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC)

This nationally-recognized hiking event is calling on 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 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, and additional dinner and beer tokens can be purchased at the Mandatory Bag Pick-Up and Expo, a limited number of additional dinner and beer tokens will also be available for purchase on 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

Follow the PSC21 Facebook Event Page to get the latest PSC21 information.


PSC Passport 

Download the PSC21 Passport detailed route information and maps.


PSC Passport 

Download the PSC21 Stamp Card to track your challenge progress.


Additional PSC21 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 13th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center (4040 N. 14th St.) for the mandatory Bag Pick-Up & Expo. This will be your opportunity to pick-up your 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!

No hiker times will be posted. This event is a non-competitive hiking challenge. The electronic tracking 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 tracking company with the first name, last name, and zip code of each participant.

Desert Vista Trailhead Overflow Parking. Overflow parking is available at the Fireside at Norterra Community Center (28185 N. Melvern Trail). PSC participants will use the sidewalks on N Melvin Trail & W Desert Vista Trail to access the trailhead (Please review the pedestrian map). Participants should not attempt to access the trailhead through the Community Center or neighborhood properties.  No restroom access will be available at the community center. Thank you for being a good neighbor and remembering to Leave No Trace.


Thank you to the PSC21 partners for supporting the PSC community!​



Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association Camelback Medical Centers 

Clif Bar Arizona Parks and Recreation Association 

State Forty Eight Daring Adventures 

Nuun  Watermill Express 

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association   Leave No Trace