Rachel Carson Trail Challenge
ElevationAscent: 6,014' 1,833 m
Descent: -5,831' -1,777 m
High: 1,274' 388 m
Low: 759' 231 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 59% (30°)
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“A yearly summer solstice race.”— Kevin Ketchman
Race - Jun 22, 2019
-Be courteous to people living along the trail.
-Remember, you are generally on private property.
-Respect the land and its owners. If asked to leave, do so.
-Stay on the trail.
-Do not camp or build fires along the trail.
-Refrain from bringing dogs and bicycles on the trail.
-Keep off the trail with motorized vehicles.
-Carry out your own trash; help by picking up others litter.
-Recognize your limitations and your assumed risk. The Rachel Carson Trail Conservancy and the landowners want you to enjoy your run; neither will take the responsibility for personal injury or losses while using the trail.
Spurs lead into the mansion area at Hartwood Acres County Park in Indiana Township and the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale. Continuing urban development along the route of the trail brings disruption and requires rerouting from time to time. There are no camps or shelters along the way, meaning the trail is intended for day-use only. The trail is relatively primitive and steep in places. Few bridges have been built, so many streams have to be crossed as-is.
Because the trail passes close by the birthplace in Springdale of Rachel Carson, one of the early ecologists, the trail was dedicated in her name. The Rachel Carson Trail was completed in February 1975.
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