Heaven to Hell
Heaven to Hell Gold
Version No. 2.0
revised: February 10, 2017
© 2017, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
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Heaven to Hell--This ride
is from the top of Mt. Evans or Pikes Peak (the highest pont in the
continental United States) to Badwater, Death Valley, CA (the lowest
point in the United States).
Heaven to Hell Gold----This
ride is from the top of Mt.
Evans or Pikes Peak (the highest point in the continental United States)
to Badwater, Death Valley, CA (the lowest point in the United States)
via Independence Pass and Ely, NV.
Read the rules for
the iconic SaddleSore 1000
on the Ironbutt
Association site. The rules for this ride are similar and you
will get valuable background information.
Documentation: See http://www.ironbutt.com/rules/ss1000.pdf
Remittance Fee: Go here for
DBR - Dated Business Receipt
A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION
on it. Check it - do not assume it is correct. A receipt
with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless. Check and
These rides must be completed in 24 hours or less. For the Heaven
to Hell, the ride MUST be at least 1,000 miles.
You must obtain DBR every
350 miles or less AND in the following
jurisdictions and the receipt MUST indicate the city, date and
time. Check your receipts.
Heaven to Hell-- from the TOP of Mt. Evans or Pikes Peak to Badwater in Death Valley National Park
Heaven to Hell Gold--from the TOP of Mt. Evans or Pikes Peak to Badwater in Death Valley National Park VIA these cities:
--Aspen, CO (additionally you MUST take a photo at the top of Independence Pass, Colorado)
You must take a picture of you, your bike at the TOP of Mt Evans (or Pikes Peak) and the Badwater sign in the parking lot.
Heaven to Hell--You may take any route you like.
Heaven to Hell Gold--You must take the route through the required cities and Independence Pass
Your official time is determined by the starting and ending
receipts. PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock
and date is correct!
OR other independent satellite tracking system that will work in remote
locations (as of February 2017, cell phone based trackers will not work
on top of Pike's Peak, Mt Evans and Bad Water) IS REQUIRED FOR THIS RIDE
THERE IS NO EXCEPTION for road closures on this ride. Before starting,
you should make sure that the road to the top of Mt Evans or Pike's
Peak is open at the time of your ride. Pikes Peak has limited hours and
the weather at Mt Evans can mean the road is closed suddenly, even in
August, by snow. Although rare, at the lowest point in North America,
the road to Badweater can flood and be closed (although very rare in
Since road closures at the top of Pikes Peak and Mt Evans are common,
even in the summer, this ride best completed from Colorado to
California. Howerver, a few riders have completed the ride from
Death Valley to Mt Evans. You can do it either way, but check the
roads are open! You might get to Mt Evans, find it is closed and
have to reroute to Pikes Peak (if it is open that is).
There are NO RECEIPTS at the top of Mt Evans (Pikes Peak does have a
gift shop with good receipts) AND Badwater in Death Valley. You
should get receipts at the closest stations (for Mt Evans that is Idaho
Springs, Colorado and for Badwater we recommend Beatty, Nevada as the
pumps as Furnance Creek will not always issue a receipt and can be
closed for a variety of reasons).
Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you did the ride!