Although easier than the 13.1 course, the 4.5 mile course still offers some great sights along the way. After a long downhill on the Greenbrier Trail in the first mile, runners will navigate counter-clockwise on the Peninsula Trail
after veering left at the split-off. Soon after the split-off, runners can look to their right across the lake to see the Hope Furnace in which the race was named after. Enjoy running alongside Lake Hope on the semi-flat Peninsula Trail
until looping back to the Greenbrier Trail where you'll need just enough energy left to run up the 1/2 mile hill before returning to the finish at the lodge.
924 feet of elevation gain
3.5 miles of Singletrack Trail
1 mile of pavement
4.5 Mile Turn-by-Turn Directions
The 4.5 mile course starts in the parking lot at Lake Hope State Park Lodge.
Runners will run down the paved Lodge Road through the campgrounds for approximately a 1/2 mile.
Veer off the road to the left onto the Greenbrier Trail and decent 1/2 mile.
Veer left at the split-off – you are on the Peninsula Trail
. **If you turn right at the split off and come to a paved road shortly after, that means you went the wrong way!**
The Peninsula Trail
is a complete loop and you'll be running it counter-clockwise.
Follow the Peninsula Trail
, along the side of Lake Hope, until eventually after about 3 miles you'll intersect the entrance area of the Lodge Road, that you drove in on earlier in the morning.
Cross the Lodge Road and continue along the woods line until the trail continues. Run for another 1/2 mile and you'll see an arrow and flagging point toward the left, and this is the Greenbrier Trail in which you ran down earlier.
Turn left on the Greenbrier Trail and run it the opposite direction than you did earlier to the Lodge Road.
Turn right onto the Lodge Road and follow back to the parking lot.
The finish line is at the end of the parking lot, you have made it!