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Course Info 2017-05-11T23:56:37+00:00
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Dirty 30 Trail Run Course Map

50K Course Map

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Elevation Profile

Approximately 7,250 feet of climbing and descending

Dirty 30 Trail Run Elevation Profile

Approximately 4,000 feet of climbing and descending

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Course Description


Start to Aid Station #1 (5.0 miles) — Enjoy a flat 0.25 mile run up the dirt road before reaching single-track trail. After a steep 0.4 mile climb on single-track, descend on double-track for about a mile. At mile 1.95 begin a steady, single-track climb through a cool, lush valley, crossing the stream 11 times. At mile 3.4 leave the stream and begin a 0.4 mile lung-burning climb. This section is steep but short. Keep pushing; it will be over before you know it. At mile 4.0, turn right at the junction for a short 0.2 mile climb to the top. The descent is rocky but fast. Take a moment to enjoy the great view of Mt. Evans to the south. Descend the 4 or so switch backs to Aid Station #1 at mile 5. Fuel up here for a steady 1,000 foot climb over the next 3 miles.

Aid Station #1 to Aid Station #2 (6.9 miles) — Climb the Buffalo trail (double-track dirt road) for 1.2 miles to the metal gate. Turn left at the gate and head to the west end of the campground towards the bathrooms. Take advantage of the rest rooms here if you need them. The trail heads west beyond the bathrooms. Shortly after the bathrooms the trail head straight on a faint trail. Do not take the more distinguished path to the left. You are heading west, .5 miles up the Snowshoe Hare trail to the Aspen Meadows Camp Ground. At the camp ground, veer to the left/ straight and follow the road to the restrooms and take the trail that is just before the restrooms on your left.  Follow this new trail all the way down to the service road that goes down to Dudes Fishing Hole.  Take a hard right at the bottom of the hill on the Snowshoe Hare Single – Track. This trail might be hard to see if you are flying down the road but it should be well marked on race day with a course marshal here. If you cross the stream across the road you have gone too far. Turn right on Snowshoe Hare trail.  Continue the steady climb up to Mule deer trail. Turn right on Mule deer, which takes an immediate left on the Snowshoe Connector Trail.  Take your next right on Mule Deer. From here the trail traverses and travels through beautiful lush forests. Stay straight at the turn off on the right to the parking area on Gap Rd.  Cross the dirt road (Gap Rd.) and follow raccoon on this new re-route. Take a right at the next junction. Enjoy a mile descent and know that what you go down you must come up! The climb will be here before you know it. Take a moment to enjoy the great views of the divide from here and the aspen groves. At mile 9.45 you will start the .75 mile climb up to Gap Rd. At the bottom you will turn left and start your climb.  ( A right here would dump you out on the road).  Go straight up at the junction to the Reverands Ridge CG. When you reach the junction of Raccoon and Elk turn right. Climb Elk to Gap Road and cross Gap Road. After a quick climb to the top of the hill you will enjoy a fast, 1 mile descent down the Mule Deer trail though beautiful grass meadows to the Coyote Trail junction. This junction will not be so obvious to the ultra fast runners, many have missed it, despite significant markings, so be looking for it. Turn left on Coyote which begins one of the toughest climbs of the race. Aid Station 2 is just .1 mile ahead on Mountain Base Road. There are bathrooms and picnic tables here. This is a great place for crew, friends and family to meet you.

Aid Station #2 to Aid Station #3 (4.9 miles) — This climb up Coyote is tough, but the reward is worth it. Breath taking views of the divide to the west – so be sure to turn around and enjoy them when you get to the top of this 1.4 mile climb. The top is a rock scramble, so follow the cairns and trail markings, keep your head up and you will stay on the trail. Another fun, fast descent down the east side of Coyote takes you through peaceful forest and aspen groves then drops you in the center of the wide open spaces of Fraser Meadow. Continue past the NEW, first Mule Deer Junction, but know you will be coming back to this junction at mile 18.5ish. Turn right on Mule Deer. Stay on Mule deer, passing the Horseshoe trail to the next trail junction. Turn left and an immediate right to Black Bear. Black Bear is a 2.7 mile technical adventure. You start off with a 300 foot climb in less than a .5 mile and then a traverse. The trail seems to disappear as you are scrambling up and down rocks. If you keep your head up you will see the trail markers. Over the next 2 miles you will descend 1,100 ft. Like I said, this section is technical – travel at a comfortable speed, keep your eyes ahead and pick up your feet! No Diggers! After the long, fast descent you will come up onto a junction on your left that traverses over to Horseshoe. Again, if you are not aware you can miss this junction. Cross the foot bridge and turn right for .1 miles to Aid Station #3 and your drop bags at mile 17.4 at the the Horseshoe/ Fraser Meadows Trailhead.

Aid Station #3 to Aid Station #4 (7.7 miles) — Be sure to stock up well and take plenty of water. You are now heading out in the heat of the day, heading up for a long climb and a hard 7.7 miles. After stocking up and changing gear, head up Horseshoe for a steady 1.1 mile climb to the 1st junction you see on your right. The next .75 miles to the Mule Deer junction has some pretty steep sections, but keep pushing and remember it is all part of the fun. Enjoy the wide open views of Fraser Meadow again. Take a left on Mule Deer for .1 mile then go right on Coyote where you came down after the big climb after aid 2. Head up Coyote for .32 miles. Turn right on Mule Deer for .7 miles. Enjoy this NEW section of the course. Beautiful SINGLE TRACK that contours the mountain. You will head right on a down a single track trail that will put you back where you were at mile 7.5 ish in the race. Head right on the service road and then take a left on Snowshoe Hair. This is the trail you ran up at mile 7.5ish in the race. Head down Snowshoe Hare back to where you got on the single-track trail and head right on the road. In just a few moments you will be at Dudes Fishing Hole. Head right up Snow Shoe single-track Trail as you are coming up on Dudes fishing hole. From here there is a little more than a 200 ft. climb in less than a .5 mile. It is rocky and annoying to most trail runners, but it is all part of the fun. Just remember, it seems worse than it really is. You get a little bit of a reprieve and short descent and then another short 100 ft. climb before you get to enjoy a 1000 ft. descent. Turn right at your next junction for a short descent on a single track trail to the Snowshoe Buffalo Junction. This is where you were at earlier in the morning at mile 6. Turn right on Buffalo and now you get to enjoy the mile decent that you had to climb in the beginning of the race. At mile 24.4 you will reach the 4th aid station which is also Aid 1.

Aid Station #4 to Aid Station #5 (4.9 miles) — Stock up on energy for the steep, 1000 foot climb to the top of Windy Peak. Count on this being a long climb on a south facing, exposed mountain side. It could be a hot climb. It could also be a cold rainy climb like in 2012 for the middle and back of the packers. From the aid station head right and down hill past the lake. Go left at the city lights ridge trail, continue down a bit further and turn left on the Burro trail. (You need to be here by 2:50 p.m. to be allowed to climb Windy Peak. If you are not here by 2:50 p.m. you will be directed straight on Lion for the 1 mile to the finish). Enjoy the short, steep descent and know you have to climb back up it at mile 29.5 in the race. This next section through the lush, stream-side willows is one of my favorite parts of this course. Take it all in as the grueling 1,100 ft ascent is just ahead of you. Turn left at the first junction just after the stream crossing, that heads to the top of windy peak. This is a steep, relentless, southern exposure climb in the heat of the day. But just remember when you are suffering at this point – it is all worth the great view from the top of Windy Peak – and the descent is fast and furious! . Go left at the next junction. Stay straight, veering left at the next junction, staying on Burro to the top of Windy Peak and remember, the lower part of this mountain is steep, but not as steep at the top. Save a bit of steam for the last .5 mile climb to the top of Windy Peak. Make sure to get your bib marked at the top of Windy Peak – take in the beauty that surrounds you – do a dance and turn around and head back down. Stay on the Burro Trail, again staying straight, veering right at the cut off to Lions loop and go left at the Burro junction where you came up from the right. Enjoy this screaming, long descent. At the bottom of the mountain, turn right at the next trail junction. Go right on the service road where you will find Aid Station 5.

Aid Station #5 to Finish (2.6 miles) — With just a few more short climbs and a fast downhill you will be chowing down, soaking in the cold mountain stream, and enjoy post- race camaraderie before you know it. Continue downhill and straight on the service road for a short bit. Take a right on the Burro single track, stay right following the creek bed up. Pass the junction which you took to climb Windy Peak and head back up the short climb back to Lions Loop and Burro. Turn left on Lions loop. From here you have 3 short climbs on the ridge heading back to the parking lot. Each successive climb is easier than the previous. After this 3rd little bump, enjoy the fast down hill back to the parking lot. At the bottom of the steep descent turn right and head towards the finish line. The crowd will be cheering you all the way in!

Start to Aid Station #1 (5.0 miles) — Enjoy the relatively flat .25 mile run up the dirt road to gain a good position before getting on the single track trail. After a steep .4 miles climb on single track you are on a flat double track with descent for about a mile. At mile 1.95 (single track) start a steady climb up the cool, lush valley as you cross the stream 11 times. At mile 3.4, leave the stream and start a .4 mile lung burning climb. This section is steep, but it is short. Keep pushing; it will be over before you know it. At mile 4.0 you turn right at the junction for a short .2 gradual climb to the top. The descent is rocky, but fast. Take a moment to enjoy the great view of Mt. Evans to the south. Descend the 4 or so switch backs to the 1st aid station at mile 5. Fuel up here for a grueling 1,100 ft climb up Windy Peak.

Aid Station #1 to Aid Station #2 (9.5 miles) — Stock up on energy for the steep, 1,100 foot climb to the top of Windy Peak. Count on this being a long climb on a south facing, exposed mountain side. It could be a hot climb or could be a cold rainy climb like in 2012 for the middle and back of the packers. From the aid station head right and downhill past the lake. Go left at the city lights ridge trail, continue down a bit further and turn left on the Burro trail. Enjoy the short, steep descent and know you have to climb back up it at mile 10.5 in the race. This next section through the lush, stream-side willows is one of my favorite parts of this course. Take it all in as the grueling 1,100 ft ascent is just ahead of you. Turn left at the first junction that heads to the top of windy peak. This is a steep, relentless, southern exposure climb in the heat of the day. But just remember when you are suffering at this point – it is all worth the great view from the top of WindyPeak – and the descent is fast and furious! Go left at the next junction. Pass the next junction, staying on Burro to the top of Windy Peak and remember, the lower part of this mountain is steep, but not as steep at the top. Save a bit of steam for the last .5 mile climb to the top of Windy Peak. Make sure to get your bib marked at the top of Windy Peak – take in the beauty that surrounds you – do a dance and turn around and head back down. Stay on the Burro Trail, again passing the cut off to Lions loop and go left at the Burro junction where you came up from the right. Enjoy this screaming, long descent. Turn right at the next trail junction at the bottom of the mountain. Go right on the service road where you will find Aid Station 5.

Aid Station #2 to Finish (2.6 miles) — With just a few more short climbs and a fast downhill you will be chowing down, soaking in the cold mountain stream, and enjoy post- race camaraderie before you know it. Continue downhill and straight on the service road. Take a right on the Burro single track, stay right following the creek bed up. Pass the junction which you took to climb Windy Peak and head back up the short climb back to Lions Loop and Burro. Turn left on Lions loop. From here you have 3 short climbs on the ridge heading back to the parking lot. Each successive climb is easier than the previous. After this 3rd little bump, enjoy the fast downhill back to the parking lot. At the bottom of the steep descent turn right and head towards the finish line. The crowd will be cheering you all the way in!