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National Parks Marathon Project - Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Length

29.3 Miles 47.2 Kilometers

98%

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,798' 548 m

Ascent

-1,800' -549 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

2,834' 864 m

High

2,235' 681 m

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Enjoy an amazing diversity of landscape, wildlife, and flora on this run.

Bill Sycalik

Overview

This is an extremely challenging 30 mile trail run. Avoiding bison is a given. The park offers varied terrain from badlands to prairie.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Need to Know

Bring lots of water in the summer. Very hot. No shade at all. A handheld GPS is REQUIRED. Many of the trail markers are knocked over by bison. Unless you are an expert navigating by compass and topo map the GPS is a must.

Expect to get lost even with the GPS. Allot for extra time and water.

Runner Notes

Be very careful of the animals particularly the bison. They can kill.

Description

From badlands to prairie, bluffs, cliffs, and canyons, to dry riverbeds - Theodore Roosevelt National Park has it all. All the trails are singletrack.

The run follows Peaceful Valley Ranch starting on CCC Trail heading toward Jones Creek Trail. This trail is very flat and during wet conditions may have swampy areas.

From the Jones Creek Trail, head out on the Lower Talkington Trail toward Upper Talkington Trail. Lower Talkington Trail goes through a higher elevation area than some of the other trails it connects to, so it provides excellent views of the badlands.

You next take the Rim Trail to Upper Paddock Creek Trail (and head down the Painted Canyon Trail to get water). From there run along Lower Paddock Creek Trail to Peaceful Valley Ranch to complete the loop.

It seems easy looking at the map. There are some trail markers but they are inconsistent so use the Trail Run Project mobile app help find your way.

Flora & Fauna

Bison (a lot!), deer, wildflowers.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

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