Moab Trail Half Marathon

 1 vote
Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Run
Trail

12.4 Miles 20.0 Kilometers

 

94% 

Runnable

80%

Singletrack

1,414' 431 m

Ascent

-1,414' -431 m

Descent

4,801' 1,463 m

High

3,974' 1,211 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Unknown

Update

Truly an adventure race, you'll love the views running on classic Moab desert terrain.

Mikhaila Redovian

Overview

Set in one of the most beautiful places in the United States, the Moab Half Marathon provides a scenic and challenging course. Gaining nearly 2,000 vertical feet, the course covers a variety of terrain ranging from canyon rims to the actual Kane Creek drainage. Runners will get a taste of everything that Moab has to offer while on this course.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall

Runner Notes

While this trail race doesn't have a staggering elevation profile, the dryness of the desert will sneak up on you. Be prepared with plenty of water, even between aid stations.

Description

The course for the 2015 half marathon starts out at the Kane Creek Trailhead. Much of the first few miles head gently uphill as runners take a south-eastern course along the Pritchett Canyon trail. One of the most gruelling climbs and the high point of the race occurs near the 5-mile mark, but don't expect a cruise down to the finish.

At about 5.5 miles, racers will turn right from the Pritchett Canyon trail onto the Hunter Canyon Rim trail. Views abound here, and racers will have plenty of opportunities to admire the local geology. Soaring Windgate sandstone cliffs loom overhead, and the brown Moenkopi unit degrades into the drainages below.

Racers will continue on the singletrack trail for approximately 4 miles before the trail turns into a dirt road near the 10-mile mark. This is the Kane Creek road, and it will start to bring runners back to the shared starting and ending point. The rolling elevation of the past few miles turns into a killer climb, as racers ascend an infamous set of switchbacks.

Once the top is reached, the course hops back onto the HyMasa Trail and into the depths of Kane Creek. Depending on the year, this is a potentially soggy section so be prepared for water!

After that, runners are on the home stretch! With one more mile to go, the last portion flies by. The first half is a dirt road, followed by 1/2 mile of singletrack to wrap up the event.

Flora & Fauna

Desert flora and fauna tends to be delicate and unfriendly. You'll likely pass by many spiky or prickly desert plants. Big cottonwood trees line the Colorado River, but the course only gets tantalizingly close to their shade. The observant runner may notice small desert lizards scurrying away from the race.

Contacts

Rate Featured Run


   Clear

4.0 from 1 vote


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Nov 5, 2016
Jeffrey Packer
2016 Moab Trail Half Marathon race 13.1mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#5

in Amasa Back

#1782

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

#5

in Amasa Back

#117

in Utah

#1,782

Overall
56 Views Last Month
226 Since Oct 27, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

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

Conditions



0 Comments

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

Shop REI Running