“A great trail offering spectacular views above and among the hoodoos.”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Jun 17, 2017
Most of the course would be impassible for most of winter.
This scenic, mountain course runs along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos, plus many miles of running among the famous hoodoos of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 8,000 – 9,000 ft.
The 100 mile course starts at turnoff to Coyote Hollow trailhead on Hwy 12, at the top of Red Canyon.
The race begins with 2 miles of dirt road approaching the Coyote Hollow trailhead (Thunder Mountain trail). The parking area where the singletrack starts is where the finish line will be upon your return. The singletrack starts with about 4 miles of going in and out of draws through a ponderosa forest then descends 1,000ft through the hoodoos. At the intersection at the bottom of the Thunder Mountain trail, you'll take a left and begin following the Grandview trail, which you'll stick to for much of the race. The first aid station comes 2 miles after the intersection, at mile 10.5.
The route then heads south along the base of the plateau, in and out of canyons and climbing ridges until you reach Proctor Canyon aid station at mile 19.
From Proctor Canyon, you'll continue south through a rugged 9+ mile section, ultimately ascending up onto the rim of the Plateau at Blubber Creek Aid Station.
The next section offers some incredible views from on top, stringing together single and doubletrack for just under 8 miles the Kanab Creek Aid station. After the aid station, you'll have a couple miles more of rim running, then will depart from the Grandview trail and take a mild descent along doubletrack for 3 miles into the Straight Canyon Aid Station, your second crew access point at mile 41.
From Straight Canyon Aid Station, you'll follow the dirt road for a half mile, then will take a hard right and follow some singletrack for a mile and a half before you begin the 3 mile ascent up to the Pink Cliffs Aid station at nearly 9,400ft.
From Pink Cliffs, you'll descend doubletrack for about 2.5 miles the beautiful Crawford Pass trail, which you'll follow for another 2.5 miles to the turnaround at Crawford Pass Aid Station. This is the third crew access point.
The finish line will be at an equestrian campground between the starting line and Coyote Hollow trailhead, 1 mile from where the race started.