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Elephant Mountain Trail Runs

50 Km – 7:00AM; 35 Km – 7:30AM;

22 Km – 8:00AM; 12 Km – 8:30AM

Cave Creek Regional Park, Cave Creek, AZElephant Mountain is the sixth race in the Desert Runner Trail Series

Trail Series

 = 35km, 

Ultra Series

 = 50km

Quick Links: Race Info | Registration | Course Info | Results | Photos | Race

Forecast for Cave Creek, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup
Thursday, February 20
Packet Pickup 4:00-7:00PM
Group run 5:30-6:30PM

iRun Phoenix
4730 E. Indian School Rd. #125
Phoenix, AZ 85018


Saturday, February 22
Race Day Pickup 6:00-8:15AM
Cave Creek Regional Park

Aid Stations
Aid stations every 2-5 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water. Aid Station Helper Sign-Up Form



Our finish line aid station will feature hot food made with Daiya Cheese.  Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like dairy-based cheese! It is free of dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, rice, peanuts, and tree nuts (except coconut oil). If you’ve never given Daiya a try, you’ll have your chance at Elephant Mountain!

Race Perks
Gender specific cut race shirt
Chip timed race results displayed at finish line
Scenic and challenging course on desert trails
Well stocked aid stations every few miles
Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit) & socializing

Crews & Pacers
Crews are welcome to support runners at the start/finish line at the Ramadas 2 & 3 as well as at Spur Cross Aid Station (12 mile / 30 minute drive).  Pacers are permitted on the final 12Km loop for 50Km runners.

Awards to top male & female finishers at each distance. Winners of the 35 km and 50 km races will earn free entry into the DRT Series Championship in March at Mesquite Canyon. All finishers will receive a commemorative pint glass.

Volunteer Helpers
If you would like to help at an aid station please sign up here: Elephant Mountain Volunteer Form

Online via Ultra Signup

Mail-In Entry Form

Online registration closes on 2/18 at midnight. Registration available after at packet pickup and race day.

9 hours for the 50km (4pm).  All 50km runners must be leave on their final loop by 2pm (7 hours into the race).

Course Photos

Course Detail (Maps, Elevation Profiles, GPS Tracks)
50K | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
35K | Elevation Profile | GPX KML
22K | Elevation Profile | GPX KML
12K | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
*Note on GPX files: Right click and select “Save link as…” to download GPX files. GPX files may be opened by downloading the demo version of TopoFusion for free.

EM Overview Map 2014

EM CCRP Map 2014

EM SXRCA Map 2014


 for Race Day Results

2013 | 


35 Km


12 Km

Aravaipa Photo Gallery

Google Map & Directions

Cave Creek Regional Park37019 North Lava LaneCave Creek, Arizona 85331





N Tonalite Dr



361 ft


 Continue straight onto 


0.2 mi


 Turn right onto 

E Cave Creek Pkwy

0.9 mi


 Continue onto 

N 32nd St

1.7 mi


 Turn left onto 

Carefree Hwy

Sign Up Here

Course Markings
The race courses will be well marked with orange plastic ribbons with black polka dots. Trail junctions and turns will be well marked with colored laminated signs. Please pay attention to these signs at each junction as there are multiple race distances and race courses! Course signs will correspond with your race’s color (12K = Blue, 22K = Green, 35K = Yellow, 50K = Red). In addition, blue & white checkerboard plastic flagging will be hung to designate non-race or “WRONG WAY” trails. All runners are responsible for understanding the layout of the courses. Please familiarize yourself with the course maps on our website prior to race day and/or print a map to bring along with you.

The start/finish line is located at the Group Picnic Area. Overflow parking will be available at the horse staging area parking lot  or around the Tonalite Drive Loop approximately 1/4 mile from the start/finish area.


Cave Creek Regional Park offers a campground with 38 individual sites and a group camping area. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45′ RV and is a “Developed Site,” with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and fire ring. Cave Creek Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers. All sites in the campground may be reserved online at
Camping Fees

From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Hwy (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel east to 32nd St. (7 miles). Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance.

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  • Lisa P.

    Amazing race! My first 50K and I couldn't have picked a better event and location. Thanks to all the volunteers and Coury brothers for doing what they do best! I'll be out for more, plan on volunteering with you guys and convincing more of my running peeps to hit the trails! ;)

    February 23, 2014

  • Melissa B.

    Amazing as always! Everyone out on the trails were so encouraging. Luv spirited athletes!

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job out there Lisa!!

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Lisa P.

    Hell YES! This is my first 50K! Looking forward to becoming part of this awesome Ultra community! ;)

    February 6, 2014

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