Flagstaff Fearsome 4 Challenge

 


 

 

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Looking for a running/hiking challenge in the Flagstaff area. Look no further! The Flagstaff Fearsome 4 is for you! 4 Peaks, 34 miles (55 km), 10,307+ feet (3141 m) of elevation gain in a single day (Ultrarunner) or 2 days (Trailrunner & Hiker). Training and acclimation to elevation is highly recommended. All distances, elevation gain, elevation may vary depending on GPS used.

 

History

The idea of running several peaks in a single day in the Flagstaff region was born a few years ago when Scott Bajer and I were coming up with some cool ideas for runs for the Flagstaff Ultrarunning Club similar in craziness as the Elden Vertical 2400, the Elden Quad Buster. The idea was forgotten and did not turn into a reality until now! The idea sparked back to life at The King/Queen of The Peaks group run this July 2015 when talking with Sean Meissner. We started brainstorming and the name “The Flagstaff Fearsome 4” was born.

 

Description

This challenge is for trailrunners, hikers and ultrarunners. It involves cresting 4 Flagstaff popular mountains, Humphreys, Kendrick, Elden and O’Leary in a single day (0:00 am to 11:59 pm) for the Ultrarunner status and 2 days (not necessarily back to back) for the Trailrunner and Hiker status.

 

 Mountain   Max Elevation Elevation Gain  Distance 
 Humphreys Peak

12,633 feet 

(3852 m)

 3,272 feet  9 miles

 Kendrick Peak

(Kendrick Trail or Pumpkin Trail)

 10,422 feet

(3176 m)

 2,639 feet

 9 miles /

 10 miles

 Mount Elden

(Lookout Trail or

Lookout Road to the Lookout Tower)

9,301 feet

(2834 m)

 2,400 feet

 5 miles /

10 miles

 O’Leary Peak

8,916 feet

(2717 m)

 1,996 feet 

 10 miles

 

Rules (If you are interested in participating, please read)

  1. This challenge is not a race, it can be done anytime of the year, there is NO fee, no shirt, no medal, no aid stations, no chip timing, no medics
  2. You have to start the day at the start of your 1st peak and finish at the bottom of your last peak
  3. You can drive to the mountain of your choice, the order in which you proceed does not matter
  4. You start timing at the Trail Heads (O’Leary and Elden Lookout Road start and finish at the bottom gate, the top is the LOOKOUT TOWERS), record your time at the top, and finally stop timing once back at the Trail Head. Keep track of your time for each mountain. Driving time is not included in your overall time, drive safe, respect speed limits
  5. A GPS watch is highly recommended but not mandatory.
  6. The use of hiking poles is authorized, same for pacers and crews
  7. A single day is defined as being from 0:00 am to 11:59 pm on the same calendar day. Hiker and Trailrunner Status can be achieved using 2 different days, not necessarily back to back.
  8. This is a runner and hiker challenge only, the use of bicycles is NOT allowed.
  9. Observe the Leave No Trace 7 principles. A lot of these trails are on Wilderness, observe all rules stated by the Forest Service
  10. Report your times for each peaks and dates, pictures and gpx files/Strava activities (required for COURSE RECORD) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is done on the HONOR SYSTEM, no cheating please. I will post your time as soon as I can.

Status

Status Total Cumulative Time Span
  FF4 Ultra  < 15 hours  1 day
FF4 TrailRunner  > 8 and < 15 hours  over 2 days
FF4 Hiker  > 15 and < 24 hours
 over 2 days

 

 

2015 Results

 Date  Name  Cumulative Running Time  Status Notes
 7/31/2015

Ludo Pierson

Flagstaff, AZ

 10 hrs 57 min  FF4 Ultra

Solo

 8/22/2015

David Moore

Flagstaff, AZ

Aaron Moore

Durango, CO

 12 hrs 27 min  FF4 Ultra  Team
 9/5/2015

Kristina Siladi

Flagstaff, AZ

Cari Kimball

Flagstaff, AZ

 10 hrs 14 min  FF4 Ultra  Team

9/11/2015

Tyler Gault

Flagstaff, AZ

9 hrs 39 min FF4 Ultra

 Solo with dog

12/03/2015

Sean Meissner

Flagstaff, AZ

9 hrs 19 min FF4 Ultra

Solo

 

 

2016 Results

 Date  Name                  Cumulative Running Time                                 Status Notes
 5/12/2016        

Tyler Gault

Flagstaff, AZ            

 7 hrs 50 min                   FF4 Ultra

Solo

 5/28/2016 

Brian Moody

Flagstaff, AZ  

 7 hrs 16 min  FF4 Ultra

Solo

 6/15/2016

Michael Versteeg

Prescott, AZ 

6 hrs 31 min FF4 Ultra

Solo

 

6/26/2016

Jamil Coury

Phoenix, AZ 

7 hrs 26min FF4 Ultra Solo
7/5-6/2016

Tasha Harder

Flagstaff, AZ

9 hrs 55 min FF4 TrailRunner Solo
7/14/2016

Shari White

Alyson Jay

Flagstaff, AZ

10 hrs 05 min FF4 Ultra Team
7/27/2016

Steven Kujawski

Flagstaff, AZ 

11 hrs 24 min FF4 Ultra Solo
7/31/2016

Joey Bender

Denver, CO

5 hrs 50 min 22 sec FF4 Ultra Solo

(***Fastest Known Time*** )

FF4 CR

8/28/2016

Jeff Spencer

Bentonville, AR

12 hrs 47 min 45 sec FF4 Ultra Solo 
9/2/2016

Brett DuBois

Chris Wolf

Phoenix, AZ 

11 hrs 10 min 52 sec FF4 Ultra Team
9/4/2016

Tom Feore

Glendale, AZ 

10 hrs 12 min 42 sec FF4 Ultra Solo 

9/10/2016

9/11/2016

Kathy Gott

George Gott

Phoenix, AZ 

17 hrs 39 min 55 sec FF4 Hiker Team
9/15/2016

Jane Murawski

AZ 

9 hrs 33 min 39 sec FF4 Ultra Solo
9/17/2016

Steven Kujawski

Flagstaff, AZ

11 hrs 49 min 53 sec FF4 Ultra Solo
9/17/2016

David Metzler

Phoenix, AZ

Brad Bosch

Flagstaff, AZ

8 hrs 06 min 53 sec FF4 Ultra Team
11/10/2016

Brandon Kelone

Flagstaff, AZ

8 hrs 45 min 05 sec FF4 Ultra Solo

 

 

2017 Results

 Date  Name  Cumulative Running Time  Status Notes
9/23/2017

Kelly Lasley

Flagstaff, AZ

 16 hrs 30 min  FF4 Ultra

Solo

9/30-10/01/2017

Kyle DeHart

Flagstaff, AZ

11 hrs 15 min FF4 TrailRunner Solo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Because of the Kendrick boudary fire, the trails were closed from 6/5/2017 to 9/13/2017


 

Course Maps & Profiles

Elden

Elden Map

 Elden Profile

Kendrick

Kendrick Map

Kendrick Profile

 

Humphreys

Humphreys Map

 

Humphreys Profile

 

O'Leary

OLeary Map

OLeary Profile

 

Directions

 

Mount Elden

Lookout Trail

89A toward the Flagstaff Mall, Turn left onto Elden Lookout Trail parking lot, after passing LazyBoy

 

Lookout Road

180 toward the Grand Canyon, turn left on Schultz Pass Road at the light. Stay right onto Elden Lookout rd, drive until road turns into forest road, park at the gate

 

Humphreys Peak

180 toward the Grand Canyon, turn left and drive up Snowbowl rd, park on the Heart Prairie Lodge Parking lot on the left. The Trail Head is right there!

 

Kendrick Peak

Drive 180 toward the Grand Canyon, make left on 245 (forest road) at Mile Marker 230, continue on 245 for 3 miles until intersection with 171, turn right on 171 for 4 miles, turn right at Kendrick TH sign.

 

O’Leary Peak

89A north past the Mall, heading towards Sunset Crater National Monument, turn right to get into the National Monument, a couple of miles down turn left at O’Leary Campground, Park before the gate,

 

Recommended Equipment

 

  • Hydration pack
  • Rain gear (paints & jacket)
  • Watch, GPS is preferred
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Food and water
  • Hiking poles
  • Running/Hiking shoes
  • Spare pairs of shorts, socks, shirts
  • Headlamp
  • Vehicle filled with gas, plenty of miles driving between Trail Heads
  • First Aid Kit
  • A cell phone

Have fun!

Ludo Pierson

Any questions, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

View from the rooftop of Arizona, Humphreys Peak

View from Kendrick Peak

View of the San Francisco Peaks from Elden Lookout Tower

View of Sunset Crater from O'Leary Peak

 

 

Flagstaff Ultrarunning Club

Flagstaff Ultrarunning

Flagstaff Ultrarunning Club is Flagstaff’s premier group for long-distance runs in the San Francisco Peaks (7000 ft – 12,000ft +) and the Grand Canyon. The club has organized a few free events throughout the year including the Mormon Fatass 50 miler, the King of the Peaks 55K, the Elden Quad Buster 10K and the Elden Vertical Challenge. As of 2013, the club has over 200 members from various levels living in town and across the country. Flagstaff Ultrarunning is home of some serious elite ultrarunners such as Rob Krar, Jason Wolfe, Eric Bohn, Brian Tinder, Ian Torrence and Emily Harrison amongst others.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/178260948898834/

Mormon Lake 50 Mile Ultra & Relay

Mormon Lake 50 Mile Ultra & Relay

 

Saturday October 17th, 2014 – 6:30 AM

The Mormon Lake 50 Mile Ultra & Relay is a beautiful point-to-point race that follows most of the Arizona Trail from Walnut Canyon to Mormon Lake. The race includes running on the Walnut Canyon rim and mouth, the climb to Marshall Lake, crossing the vast Anderson mesa, and finish on Mormon Mountain. This event will benefit the AZ Trail Association and is permitted by the US Forest Service. 

Register for the Ultra & Relay