Course

Start

  • 60K: Park Creek Campground
  • 30K: Fall Creek Trailhead (~20M mark of the 60k race).  Watch for signs on Trail Creek Road and Wildhorse Canyon Rd directing you to the Start and Finish Line

Finish

  • 60K & 30K: All races finish at Star Hope Campground

Over 85% of the 60K race runs on sweet high-country singletrack!

GPS Files: Available here.

Aid Station Chart

If these aren’t updated by April Fool’s Day, harass the RD.

Garmin Map: same course as 2015.

2014 Standhope Overview Map
2016 Standhope 60K course. Over 11,000 feet of climb for the whole race!  I doubt we’ll have a blizzard :-)
25K overview map
30K overview map.  This is the Bob Rosso 30K, who took 4th overall at the young age of 67.

Updated start to the course.

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Map 5 Standhope

 

 

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Written Overview of the 60K 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 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 to the saddle above 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 5 mile, 2,300′ 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 :-)