The Crown King Scramble was revived by Aravapai Running in 2013 and is a phenomenal 50 kilometer point to point run on dirt roads from Lake Pleasant Regional Park to Crown King. The race starts on the shores of Lake Pleasant, a Maricopa County Regional Park on the outskirts of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert. The first 15 miles is on maintained dirt roads winding through the desert amidst saguaro cactus and rolling hills. Upon reaching the mile 15 aid station, the true climbing begins and the course enters a 4×4 jeep road that features steep climbs, a few descents and a 4,000 foot climb to the high point of the course above Crown King at mile 29. The race tops out in the Ponderosa pines of the Prescott National Forest and the race ends with a 2 mile screaming downhill into the finish at the Crown King Saloon.
Sonoran Trails looks forward to working with the Aravapai Running race team to help make this another successful year for the race. Stay tuned for our trip report!