In 2003 I created this fabulous new Fall version of our ever-popular Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century. As with the southern route, riders do an out-and-back starting and finishing in Furnace Creek, but head north instead of south.
Ultra Century: 144 miles total: Same as the Double Century route, but without riding beyond Scotty's Castle to the turn-around in Nevada. Therefore: Furnace Creek to Stovepipe, to Scotty's Castle, the Uebehebe Crater out-and-back, and then finishing with the climb to Hell's Gate on the way back to Furnace Creek. See the Double Century description for more details:
Double Century: Starting about sunrise, double riders will also head north from Furnace Creek on Hwy 190, but will go straight to their first checkpoint at mile 23 at Stovepipe Wells. Then they'll U-turn and head back nine miles to the turn-off to Scotty's Castle. DC checkpoint two will be just after the turn, at mile 33.
After replenishing themselves at their checkpoint three at Scotty's Castle, the double riders will continue up Grapevine Canyon onto the Bonnie Claire Flat in Nevada. At Scotty's Junction at Hwy 95, mile 80.6, double riders will refuel at their checkpoint four. They will have climbed 5300', but now will turn around for a flat or downhill ride back to their "lunch" at Scotty's Castle. But it's not a straight shot back to FC from there. Double riders will enjoy two little bonuses on their return route that century riders will not do. The first is just three miles after Scotty's Castle: the out-and-back 11.7 mile route to see the incredible Ubehebe Crater. Then it's a fast ride back to the morning's second checkpoint just before Hwy 190, which is now checkpoint six for the double.
But wait! Before hitting Hwy 190, the double riders will enjoy a 6.8 mile, 2000' climb up Mud Canyon to Hell's Gate. Come on, you didn't think all those free miles from way above Scotty's all the way practically to Hwy 190 were really free, did you?? But the view is worth it, and so is the bombing downhill back to Furnace Creek on the Beatty Cutoff! Dedicated race staff and an incredible sunset will help keep you motivated and in good form throughout the day! Total distance for the double: 197. Total elevation gain: 9,000. So about the same as the "normal" route in the south end of the park, but perhaps even more beautiful and fascinating!
Ultra Century and Double Century Checkpoint Locations: 24.5mi (Stovepipe Wells), 32mi (Mud Canyon Turn-Off), 53.5mi (Mile Marker 24 - Water Stop), 68.2mi (Scotty's Castle), 94.6mi (Hwy 95 Turn-Around - double riders only), 121mi (Scotty's Castle - double riders only), 130.1mi (Ubehebe Crater), 144.5mi (Mile Marker 24 - Water Stop), 169.1mi (Mud Canyon Turn-Off), 175.6 Hell's Gate.
For a photographic tour from when we created this route in 2003, click here.
For the century route details, click here.