The 2015 Antelope Canyon Trifecta will be:
1) Buckskin Gulch: (distance varies, minimum- 3.5 miles out and back from Wire Pass trailhead to petroglyphs and Buckskin confluence)- Take picture anywhere in Buckskin Gulch- can be accessed from Buckskin Gulch trailhead or Wire Pass trailhead. Click here for trail description. If the conditions are right, you can make it all the way to the Paria Confluence. If there is a lot of standing water, turn back. Attempting to run a through route this time of year is NOT RECOMMENDED. Click on this story to read why. You will need to pay the$6/day hiking fee to the BLM for this leg (envelopes available at the trailhead).
2) Cable Trail to Colorado River- Take picture at the Colorado River. This one is easily accessible from Page, located just across the bridge on the opposite side of the canyon. Click here for trail description. Click here for a video clip of this trail
3) Cathedral Wash, Jackass Canyon, or Soap Creek to the Colorado River- Choose just one or all three of these canyons to access the Colorado River within the boundaries of Grand Canyon national park. If Hwy 89 is still washed out and not operational at the time of the 2014 event, you may want to do one of the alternate Trifecta options listed below as the current alternate route adds an extra 45 minutes driving time. Take a picture at the river. Click here for trail descriptions
***Other amazing options (which can replace any of the above trifecta legs)-
- Paria River- It was a tough decision whether to have you do Whitehouse trailhead into the Paria or Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch as part of the AC Trifecta. They are both so amazing. Because this trail has a longer approach before it gets really scenic (about 4-5 miles before it starts to get really cool) and the fact that you have to cross the stream a lot and it's not fun to be wet in the cold winter months, this hike didn't make the list. But you really should check it out if you have the time.
- Wahweap Hoodoos/Toadstools- These hoodoos are pretty unique. Big boulders balanced on tall, narrow bases.
- Navajo National Monument- While the guided hikes into the canyon to see the ruins up close are not offered in the winter months, you can still get an amazing view from the opposite side of the canyon via a trail from the visitor's center that's about a half mile. This would be a nice and easy post-race hike to do, but it's a little over an hour to drive to get there from Page (if you take the route 221 shortcut.)
- Lower Antelope Canyon - Must be accompanied by a Navajo guide. Price is between $25-$30, depending on the company.
- Kayaking Lower Antelope Canyon (kayaks can be rented in Page and fastened to almost any vehicle).
- Kayaking the Colorado River above Lees Ferry - Unbelievable!! Your only chance to paddle the Grand Canyon is between Lee’s Ferry and Glen Canyon Dam, where it’s not officially part of the national park. Due to limited permits issued to rafting companies, the waiting list and price make rafting the Grand Canyon out of reach for most. Click on the link for info on kayak rental and a ferry/tow upriver service.
- Rainbow Bridge National Monument (via boat or trail)- While this one is pricey ($125) due to the 3 hour scenic boat ride (each way) to access it, the arch (natural bridge) is unlike any other you’ll ever lay eyes on. If we get enough people to register, Lake Powell Resorts will stop for an additional hour so that we can get a 5-6 mile run in while we are at the arch.
- The Wave (Coyote Buttes)- I wish it were possible to include this at the top of our list. Such an amazing hike and it's so close (shares the same trailhead as the Buckskin Gulch/Wire Pass hike). But the BLM only gives out ten permits a day and has up to 90 applicants, so there is a daily lottery, for which you must drive to Kanab and be present just to be in the lottery. Call the BLM office found in the above link for more info.
Trifecta Rules: To get credit for completing a leg of the Trifecta, you must submit a picture from each of the required locations of that particular leg of the Trifecta. There is a two week window in which these pictures can be submitted- between one week prior to the event date until one week after the event has taken place. Any pictures submitted before or after this time window will not be accepted. You can take the picture on a pre-race scouting trip if you'd like, but it must be submitted within the appropriate time window. Pictures must include:
1) A clear view of your face (Now you've got a perfect excuse to take selfies and don't have to feel any shame about it :)
2) A clear view of your bib # or a paper with your name written on it.
Pictures can be submitted in either of these two formats:
1) Instagram- Use the appropriate hashtag for the Trifecta that you're participating in (#AntelopeCanyonTrifecta, #MonumentValleyTrifecta, #ZionTrifecta, #GrandCanyonTrifecta, #BryceTrifecta, #CapitolReefTrifecta, #TusharTrifecta)
2) Email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
For each of the 3 “legs” of the Trifecta that you complete, you will receive 10% discount credited towards the next Ultra Adventures event that you participate in! Complete all three legs of the Trifecta and you have earned yourself 30% off of the next event! These discounts can also be accumulated, so after 3 events, you can earn 90% off of the 4th event just for getting out and doing what you love!!
***Race credit must be redeemed within one year from the race date and the amount credited is based on the amount that you paid for the event that you participated in- (ie. for a $100 registration fee you would earn $10 credit for each leg of the Trifecta, for a $200 registration fee, you would earn $20 credit for each Trifecta leg completed).