- 60K: Park Creek Campground
- 25K: Fall Creek Trailhead (~20M mark of the 60k race)
- 60 & 25K: Both races finish at the Star Hope Campground
Over 85% of the 60K race runs on sweet high-country singletrack!
Written Overview of the Course:
- The race will start at Park Creek Campground. From here, runners will head uphill to the Summit Creek Trailhead (where the big Challis National Forest sign is).
- Taking a left, runners will head up the trail. This trail is quite popular and ascends through many nice meadows and through the trees a lot. About 5 miles into the race, you will hit the first high point of the race, at approx. 9,500 ft.
- From here, plunge down the Right Fork Kane Creek Trail. You will continue descending for a few miles until you get to the Kane Lake Trailhead, which is where a water drop will be.
- Follow the road for 2.7 miles until you come to the first major aid station, Kane Creek Canyon. It is right at 10.5 miles.
- From here you will start ascending the Burnt Aspen Trail. Be sure to grab a few snapshots of the Devil’s Bedstead West and Kane Creek Canyon. You will climb steeply for a while then the grade will ease to a comfortable uphill.
- After about 5 miles, you will greet the top of the climb over looking Wildhorse Canyon and the Boulder Lake Cirque, a sight to behold. You start descending the Boulder Creek Trail toward Wildhorse Canyon. This is a very pretty trail with lots of alpine views, a slot canyon, and some of the most bomber downhill I have run. You can make really good time on this trail once you hit the 8,800′ mark.
- Fly down to Wildhorse Canyon (which is prime time for fall colors) and cross the creek to Wildhorse Canyon Aid Station.
- From here, head north 2.2 miles to Fall Creek Canyon Trailhead. You’ll follow a mix of dirt road and ATV track to this aid station.
- At Fall Creek, mile 20.4, the real fun begins (you can have a pacer from here). Follow incredible views as you traverse the Fall Creek Trail toward Surprise Valley. You’ll see a pyramid-shaped mountain off to the left, that is Standhope Peak, about 4,500 feet higher than your current elevation.
- Follow the trail signs to Surprise Valley and begin the steep ascent. You’ll reach Surprise Valley after a while and will continue to ascend through the valley, but at an easier pitch. Be sure to watch for the course markings, as there literally isn’t a trail in many spots; but the grassy valley is easy hiking and well worth a few pictures (as you stop for thin air at 10K feet).
- Continue the alpine saddle trail to Betty Lake and take in a few moments when you reach the top at 11K feet, while you consider how incredible your journey has been this far.
- Run the trail down to Betty Lake, then hike the saddle to Goat Lake, the highest lake in Idaho.
- From here, you’ll drop to Baptie Lake aid station where our hike-in aid station will be. Be sure to thank the volunteers profusely for their 4 mile, 3,000 foot ascent to give you a hand.
- From here, destroy your quads as you head downhill several miles to the White Mountains trail junction.
- One more hard climb from here, then it’s all easy downhill to the finish line. A chair awaits you