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Warrior's Society Counting Coup

date and location

Due to predicted rain and winds on the original event date we have postponed the events to Saturday, June 8th.

Event Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Event Location: Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:00 AM - 6:30 AM

The event fee for Counting Coup is $75
The event will be limited to 100 participants
Registration will close at 8pm on June 3rd

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All entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable. We have to plan well in advance and therefore cannot offer refunds. You may not give or sell your number to another individual. The entry fee for a 2024 event WILL NOT transfer to the 2025 event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business, a family emergency, etc. Sorry, there are NO exceptions.

additional info

Comps will only be given out to 10 year finishers, club members in good standing, notable event participants and sponsors who donate $1,500 in swag or more.

We will no longer keep time - this only encourages participants, especially those concerned about their times, to go too fast at unsafe speeds putting others on the trails at risk.

You will have the option to start anytime between 5:00 am and 6:30 am If you wish to start between 5:00 am and 5:45 am, you must pick up your packet before Saturday morning and have your wrist bands on ready to check in and start. We will allow you to start anytime you want from 5:00 am to 6:30 am - but as previously stated, if you start between 5:00 am and 5:45 am you must pick up your packet and wrist band before Saturday so we just have to check you in.

Those starting between 5:45 am and 6:30 am (you must leave by 6:30 am) can pick up their packet Saturday morning (or at a pre-Saturday packet pickup).

No matter what time you start, you must still make the Aid Station #1 cut-off time of 10:00 am.

There is also a cut off time of 12:30 at the intersection of Maple Springs Road and the Main Divide Road.

You are responsible if you collide with any trail user (as stated in the event release) and you will be DQ’ed. We had one participant collide with a Warrior’s Society club member on Black Star, resulting in the club member suffering a compound fracture of the wrist. You are not covered by our liability policy if this occurs. This participant faces a possible lawsuit for damages.

If the public reports to us that you are riding at an unsafe speed, you will be disqualified. Remember, this applies to both roads and trails.

course description

The course is approximately 40 miles with 8,000 feet of elevation gain

1. Up Black Star to the Main Divide.
2. South on the Main Divide
3. Proceed on the Main Divide to and down the Silverado Trail (Motorway) to Aid Station #1
4. Up Maple Springs to the Main Divide and up to Santiago Peak and aid station #2
5. Down the Main Divide to the Holy Jim Trail
6. Down the Holy Jim to Trabuco Creek Road
7. Out Trabuco Creek Road to the Parker Ranch (1/4 mile from Trabuco Canyon Road)


Event registration
» Preparing for the event
» Video documenting the 2004 Pow Wow on YouTube

Contact: countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

Finishing Times:
2022, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006,
2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

Read the 2018 event write-up.

Click here for the event photo gallery.

The main divide photo gallery can be found here.


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