The race will begin at Park Creek Campground and end at Broad Canyon Recreation Site. Over 85% of the race will be 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. At 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 towards 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 towards 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 10,000 feet). Continue the alpine saddle trail to Betty Lake and take in a few moments when you reach the top at 11,000 feet, while you consider how incredible your journey has been this far. Run the trail down to Betty Lake where our hike-in aid station will be. Be sure to thank the volunteers profusely for their 6 mile, 3,000 foot ascent to give you a hand. From here, head over to Goat Lake, the highest lake in Idaho. Now destroy your quads as you head downhill 5.5 miles or so to Broad Canyon. 1.6 miles from the aid station you will come to a junction. Kill the last mile and a half as you bomb into the finish. We’ll all be waiting, including a chair for you. I’m sure you’ll want to sit down.