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H9 50 mile Dragon Course

Extremely Difficult


55.4 mile 89.1 kilometer loop
80% Runnable
Extremely Difficult


Ascent: 13,495' 4,113 m
Descent: -13,496' -4,114 m
High: 4,262' 1,299 m
Low: 2,041' 622 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)


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Trail shared by Brad Goodridge

This is the course for the H9 50 mile event.

Brad Goodridge

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife


The traditional H9 event has been renamed to H9 Dragon to make things confusing (because the course has gotten far too easy). It is still the same stroll along the Duncan Ridge.

Need to Know

The costs for sign-up for the marathon or 50M are basically a pass through of costs to you. Logistical support, t-shirt, and finisher medal are included in the day-use fee (also known as a participation fee). The finisher medals are fab'ed in local machine shop and because they are stainless steel and laser cut they are kind of pricey. However, the medals are really cool and worth every penny.

Runner Notes

Think about having a safety runner at night.


You must be a H9 trail club member to participate. This is a non-profit club event, and we abide by FS rules for use of the Duncan Ridge area. So that means you have to sign-up as a member to run ($35 at…). Sorry about the two-step process, but the complexities of web forms and databases mean that membership needs to be separate from event participation in order to manage results by event and allow multiple events within the club.

The race starts at Vogel State Park, taking the normal CCW route on the Coosa Backcountry Trail to Calf Stomp and getting on FS-108 to the Fire Pit Aid station. From there runners will go up the back side up and over Coosa to the Wolf Pen Gap aid station. From WPG, you'll run on the DRT road to another forest road leading to Yellow Mountain. But first passing an unmanned water stop and the famous Lipstick and Lugnuts aid station.

Once over Yellow Mountain, you'll do a little bushwhacking to Mulky Gap before getting back on the DRT heading to Fish Gap aid station. From FG, you'll head out to the Green Loop, Nights Creek Aid station, a lot of bushwhacking over another mountain returning the Nights Creek AS before heading back to Fish Gap. From Fish Gap, you're back on the DRT bound for the finish at Vogel State Park with another stop at the Fire Pit aid station before the Coosa climb. On the downside of Coosa at Calf Stomp, you'll get back on forest road 108 in the opposite direction heading for GA-180 and the final .9 mile trail to Vogel.

Flora & Fauna

Bears, hogs, snakes, bugs, poison ivy - all the normal stuff.

History & Background

This is the 6th year for the event.

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