Hiking Project Logo

Afton Trail Run 25K - 50K

 5.0 (1)
Trail Mapped Wrong?

Length

16.1 Miles 26.0 Kilometers


Elevation

1,883' 574 m

Ascent

-1,886' -575 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

989' 301 m

High

693' 211 m

Low

Conditions


Unknown

Getting forecast...

One of the most challenging and beautiful trail races anywhere.

Hiking Project Staff

Overview [Suggest Changes]

The park officially opens at 8 AM for non-campers, but opens earlier on race day since the race starts at 6:30 AM.
This is the route for the Afton Trail Run Trail Race, which has been run on the first Saturday in July since 1994. There are 25k and 50k options, with the 50k being a second pass around the loop.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Vehicles require a permit which is $5 per day or $25 for the year.

It's recommended to bring a water bottle or hydration pack. The race includes aid stations along the trail.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Only a short drive from the Twin Cities metro area, this arduous run takes you up and down ravines cut out by massive flooding from receding glaciers.

Almost all of the intersections have maps posted, making it easy to keep yourself on course with a quick glance as you go by.

History & Background [Suggest Changes]

Race History
The race was established in 1994 and is now one of the oldest, largest, and most competitive trail races in the country garnering national attention and attracting runners from all over the United States and beyond.

Park History
Early settlers thought the area bore a strong resemblance to descriptions of the Scottish River Afton found in Robert Burns poem "Afton Water."

The geologic features of the park were carved out by glacial floods. The outcrops of sandstone bank the sides of deep ravines and offer spectacular views of the St. Croix river from the top of the bluffs.

The park itself was established in 1969 to give opportunities to view the unique natural features. Te prevent overuse, minimal development has been done and the camping sites and beach area are accessible by trail only.

Contacts

You & This Featured Hike


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#999

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#7

in Minnesota

#999

Overall
35 Views Last Month
720 Since Jul 14, 2015
Extremely Difficult Extremely Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking