Afton Trail Run 25K - 50K
ElevationAscent: 1,883' 574 m
Descent: -1,886' -575 m
High: 989' 301 m
Low: 693' 211 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“One of the most challenging and beautiful trail races anywhere.”— Trail Run Project Staff
Race - Jul 6, 2019
It's recommended to bring a water bottle or hydration pack. The race includes aid stations along the trail.
Some of the steep sections have non-uniform stairs built into them, which can sometimes mess up your rhythm. However, two of the steepest climbs on this run are bare. They are showing a bit of erosion, so it seems likely that they will get the stairs at some point in the future as well.
Almost all of the intersections have maps posted, making it easy to keep yourself on course with a quick glance as you go by.
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.
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.
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Land Manager: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources