“A high mountain trail over 10,000 ft with stunning views of Capitol Reef National Park.”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Jul 7, 2017
This course offers a chance to run across the Aquarius Plateau (highest timbered plateau in North America). You'll run next to countless high alpine lakes and ponds, numerous creeks, and in the 11,000-foot meadows across a tundra-like atmosphere.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
This is an extremely rugged and remote trail. There are sections where you'll not see anyone else. Do not take it lightly. Bring a GPS with the route loaded in it. There is ample water along most of the course but you'll need a filter. There will be creek crossings, downed trees, and regrowth so thick you'll question if there is a trail.
Starting at the Chriss Lake Trailhead near beautiful Boulder, Utah, this course will quickly climb to the top of the Aquarius Plateau with breathtaking views of the desert 6,000 feet below. The route takes you along the western edge of the plateau to where it links to Meeks Lake and continues on to the Chokecherry Aid Station.
The trail eventually moves from the west to the eastern edge of the plateau where you'll drop down to Government Creek and rejoin the Great Western Trail. Then you'll split off and follow an ATV trail off the plateau and run through a maze of red sandstone before your final descent to the Red River Ranch in Torrey.
Flora & Fauna
Runners will pass through a variety of ecosystems, including typical pine and aspen forests and a low-growth tundra landscape.
History & Background
Highest timbered plateau in North America.