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SnowFest Winter Trail Race

Intermediate

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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 463' 141 m
Descent: -461' -141 m
High: 1,865' 568 m
Low: 1,526' 465 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Jes Greenawalt

A wintry 3.5-mile run though the snow!

Jes Greenawalt

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Overview

Join us for a wintry run through the woods during the annual SNOWFEST located at RB Winter State Park. Winter activities and demonstrations from 12-4 include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobile rides, ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, ice cutting, ice fishing and other winter fun. Plenty of hot chocolate, coffee, and soups to help warm up afterward while sitting by the fire.

Runner Notes

For this race the trickiest aspects are generally snow and/or ice. But other times of the year the trails at RB Winter are the usual Pennsylvania mix of rocks, roots...and more rocks. There are a few trails with challenging climbs of a few hundred feet that sometimes get slick with rain, and some plush trails though hemlocks and ferns. In all, a great variety of terrain and scenery.

Description

After a short run in the RB Winter campground, exit onto Old Boundary Trail. Enjoy the rolling, snow-covered scenery until you turn right onto Sand Mt Road. Just a short hop takes you to Rocky Corner Trail, where the climbing starts. A quarter mile and a couple hundred feet of elevation gain on Rocky Corner takes you to Old Tram Trail, where you turn left. This is a bit rocky in summer, but usually under soft snowpack at race time in February.

Follow to Boiling Spring Trail, where you'll bear right. This is a fire road at this point, so enjoy the easy footing and slight decline for a half mile to McCall Dam road and turn left. Run up McCall Dam Rd. a few hundred yards and turn left onto Overlook Trail. After 0.5 miles, you'll exit at a powerline. Enjoy the view, turn left, and follow the powerline a short bit before turning right—back onto Boiling Spring Trail. Now it's 0.5 miles of fast downhill running...and slipping...and sliding...back into the campground and the finish line.

History & Background

The Civilian Conservation Corps cleared and built up the park in the 1930's, including the first cement and stone CCC-built dam in the US. You can still see

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The start of Old Tram Trail off Boiling Springs Trail.
Sep 26, 2017 near Mifflin…, PA

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