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2010 course map/description

1st Leg (5.5 miles):

Gravel Road (0.6 + 0.2 miles)- The race starts on this road as it 1st parallels & then enters the Red Trail after 0.6 milesThe loop eventually ends on this same road.

Red Trail (3.4 miles)–  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)- Single track dirt 1st half, double track dirt 2nd half.  Has one stream crossing.

2nd Leg (7.5 miles):

Paved Road (1.0 + 1.0 miles) - Leaving the 1st aid station (start area) in the gravel parking lot, the course follows the unmarked paved road out of the park & joins the main highway after approx. 0.5 miles.  After bearing to the right, the course continues for approx. 0.5 miles on the main highway. The course enters the Yellow Trail on the left. 

Yellow Trail (5.5 miles) – About 50 yards on the trail from the main road, the course comes to an intersection.  Turn right & proceed counter-clockwise around the Yellow Trail loop to the same intersection.  Then return to the main highway, turn right & return to the aid station/start area on the paved road.

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 wet conditions.

3rd Leg (18.5 miles):  

Blue Trail (0.65 miles)–   Single track dirt trail, downhill on outbound trip.  Crosses dam at the bottom of the hill & leads to Rayhill Road (gravel).

Gravel Road - (0.25 miles) 0.25 miles on gravel Rayhill Road to the main highway (Mitchell Hill Road).

Paved Road - (0.25 miles) Right on the main highway, then 0.25 miles to the entrance of the Siltstone Trail on the left.

 Siltstone Trail (6.6 miles) -  White triangle blazed.  Single track dirt trail that will cross two highways before reaching the end at Scott's Gap.  The majority of the trail runs along ridge tops & drains very well.  There's only one small stream at the end of the ridge on the far end within a mile of Scott's Gap that's normally very easy to get by.

Scott's Gap Trail Loop (3.0 miles) - Red circle blazed.  Single track dirt trail run counterclockwise.  A small stream is crossed several times on the backside of this loop.

Siltstone Trail (6.6 miles) -  Return to the beginning of the Siltstone Trail at the paved road (Mitchell Hill Rd).

Paved Road - (0.25 miles) At the end of the Siltstone Trail, turn right on the main highway (Mitchell Hill Rd), then 0.25 miles to gravel Rayhill Road on the left.

Gravel Road - (0.25 miles) 0.25 miles on gravel Rayhill Road to the gate and up the hill to the Blue Trail at the dam.

Blue Trail (0.65 miles)–   Across dam & uphill to finish at the 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 and is approximate due to the spotty reception in the hilly areas -- measurements with a wheel have generally indicated 3-5% longer distances.

updated 1-03-10