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50k course:



The course consists of  three (3) modified "lollipops" (out and backs with a loop at the end).   A quarter mile of the new trail on Leg 2 at Holsclaw Hill Road was not completed as scheduled and will be roughed in for the race.  Leg 2 does not return to the Start area.  Leg 2 ties directly into Leg 3 a mile away at the 50k/15m split.   Other than a minor change from last year, Leg 3 will remain the same from the Siltstone trailhead out.    The finish will be at the Horine Center (Lodge).

The following is a walk thru & a brief description of the trails & course for those who would like the details.   The course will be well marked with flagging & signs.

1st Leg
(5.5 miles):

Gravel Road (0.6 miles) - The race starts on this road as it 1st parallels & then enters the Red Trail after 0.6 miles

Red Trail (3.4 miles) - Red circle blazed.  Single track dirt along with some double track forest road.  Some low areas on the dirt road hold water in wet weather.  Has 1 small stream that you will cross twice & most of the time it's low enough to get by without getting your feet wet. 

Orange Trail (1.3 miles) - Orange circle blazed.  Single track dirt 1st half, double track dirt 2nd half.  Has one stream crossing.

Gravel Road (0.2 miles) - After exiting the Orange Trail, turn right onto the gravel road & return to the Start area.

2nd Leg (7.5 miles):

Blue Trail  (1.0 mile) -  From the end of the 1st leg, turn left onto another gravel road for a very short segment to the Blue Trail.  Follow the single track trail downhill, across the dam and back up another hill to the new Yost Ridge Trail that angles in sharply from the left.

Yost Ridge Trail (1.0 mile) - (Brand new double track trail) Turning left off the Blue Trail, continue about a quarter mile, passing the 50k/15m split.  Keep right and continue downhill to Holsclaw Hill Road.  Watch for traffic & cross the road onto an "unimproved" section of trail.  The next quarter mile of new trail up the hill was not completed as scheduled & has been roughed in for the race -- it will be well marked.  Upon cresting the ridge, the trail will "T" into the Yellow Trail. 

Yellow Trail (4.75 miles) - Yellow rectangle blazed.  Turn right at the "T" intersection to start the loop & proceed counter-clockwise around the Yellow Trail.  There will be a very short segment (0.20 mile) of the Blue Triangle Trail just before the Yost Aid Station a mile 12.   Continuing on the Yellow Trail past the aid station, you will soon return to the beginning/end of the loop at the initial "T" intersection.   

The Yellow Trail is single track dirt w/1 rock face.  Has multiple small stream crossings & will be the muddiest trail by far in wet weather.  The streams are normally low enough to get by easily.  Horses are permitted on most of this trail.  In icy weather, the rock face that’s encountered on the trail can be bypassed by finding the small foot path above it.  There are some very narrow sections of trail along the steep side of one hill where the footing will be tricky in icy or wet conditions.

Yost Ridge Trail (0.75 miles) -  Turn right, leave the "T" intersection & continue back down the "unimproved" trail section to Holsclaw Hill Road.  Watch for traffic & cross the road back onto the new double track trail.  Follow the trail uphill to the 50k/15m split junction that was passed previously. 

3rd Leg 50k (19.4 miles):

3rd Leg Start/End Closeup:

Yost Ridge Trail (1.0 miles) - Turn right at the 50k/15m split.  15 milers will be turning left & heading back to the finish.  Continue on this new double track trail down to the back of the Welcome Center.  Follow the sidewalk around to the front entrance of this large white building.  Take the mulch path to Mitchell Hill Road.  Cross here very carefully as traffic can be traveling fast around a blind curve.  The Siltstone Trail starts on the other side of the road.

Siltstone Trail (6.55) miles) - White diamond blazed.  Just after crossing the road and entering the Siltstone Trail, the Tom Wallace aid station will be set up in a gravel parking lot.  Continue 6+ miles to Scott's Gap Road.  Along the way, the trail will cross Jefferson Hill Road and also Bearcamp Road (aid station).  The Siltstone Trail is all single track & much of it runs on top of the ridgeline.  Only a few small streams will be crossed.

Paved Road (.05 mile) -  The Siltstone Trail ends at Scott's Gap Road, the only paved road on the course.  Turn left onto this road & follow it a couple hundred feet to the Scott's Gap Parking Lot on the right where the aid station is located.

Scott's Gap Trail (3.2 miles) - Red rectangle blazed.  The trail consists of a short out and back with a 3 mile loop. The single track dirt loop is run counterclockwise.  A small stream is crossed several times on the backside of this loop:

Paved Road (.05 mile) -  Leaving the Scott's Gap aid station in the parking lot, turn left onto Scott's Gap Road and after a couple hundred feet, turn right onto the Siltstone Trail.

Siltstone Trail (6.55 miles) - White diamond blazed.  Return the same way you came before for the entire length of the Siltstone Trail -- crossing Bearcamp Road (aid station) and Jefferson Hill Road.  Leaving the Tom Wallace aid station, cross over Mitchell Hill Road to the Welcome Center.

Yost Ridge Trail  (1.0 mile) - Follow the mulch trail and sidewalk around the Welcome Center to the back side and start up the hill on the new double track trail.  Follow the trail to the 50k/15m split and turn right.  After a quarter mile, the trail will intersect the Blue Trail which intersects at a sharp angle to the right.

Blue Trail (1.0 mile) -  Take the Blue Trail down the hill, across the dam and back up the hill towards the Start area.  Just prior to reaching the Start area at the top of the hill, turn sharply left onto the gravel road and finish at the Horine Center (Lodge).

Other notes:

There are several wood foot bridges on the course that become very slick after an early morning frost or when wet/frozen.

Mileage shown is according to GPS data from a Garmin 310 and 405 and is approximate.

This is not a closed course -- watch for traffic.

last update 11-30-11