“A high mountain race that stays above 11,000 feet for most of the run.”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Jul 15, 2017
Most of the winter this route is impassible.
An amazing course that combines multiple trails along the Aquarius Plateau. On this course, you'll run next to high alpine lakes and ponds, flower-filled meadows and vistas high above Capitol Reef National Park.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Several creek crossings and downed timber may make navigation difficult, and you'll want to have some experience with route finding. It is highly suggested if you attempt this full course to make sure you have a gps and follow the .gpx route or use the Trail Run Project mobile app
. You'll get lost on sections of this course because of overgrown aspens.
Rocks and roots, downed trees, steep lose climbs and drops all make this a challenging course.
This race begins at the Wildcat Ranger Station in between Torrey and Boulder, where runners will set off from the Great Western Trail access point. The route quickly climbs up onto the top of the plateau, where it links to Meeks Lake and continues on to Chokecherry. The route then turns to Beef Meadow for a more direct approach to Fish Creek Aid station. The route follows the Great Western Trail and climbs up onto the eastern edge of the highest plateau in America (the Aquarius Plateau) with majestic views down into Capitol Reef National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Before finishing, look down at the western end of the plateau while dropping to Red River Ranch in Torrey, Utah.
Flora & Fauna
High forest with almost tundra-like meadows.