Distance: 30 kilometers (18.6 miles)
Date: June 3rd, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Course Time Limit: Six hours, 2:00PM
Start Location: Bull Creek/Grasshopper Road Junction.
Finish Location: Same as the start location.
Parking: Log Deck 0.5 miles from the start/finish.
Packet Pick-up: At the the start/finish area , 5:00-8:00PM on Friday, 6:00-7:30AM on Saturday.
Cups will not be provided at aid stations. It is required that you carry at least 20 oz of water to make it between aid stations.
The course begins with a steep ascent up Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail. About 3/4 mile into the race, the two courses split, the 10.5 mile course continuing on Grasshopper M.U.T. and the 30K turning right onto Squaw Creek Ridge Trail. The climbing continues gently for a little while here. As you pass from dry ridgelines to lush creek drainages, the landscape alternates back and forth from redwood forest to tanoak and huckleberry.
An aid station will greet you at Whiskey Flat (4.5 miles). Be sure to fill up there because the next aid station isn't until Grasshopper Trail Camp (mile 10). The course from here just keeps getting steeper as you approach the top of Grasshopper Peak. Grieg M.U.T. carry you higher and occasionally offer views of the King Range to the south and views of the fire lookout tower atop Grasshopper Peak.
From the Grasshopper Camp (mile 10) aid station, the climbing is largely over. As you descend into more dense forest, a few views of the Bull Creek drainage appear below. The lush redwoods look tiny. Careful on the first few miles' descent, it's a bit steep, up to 12% downgrade for over three miles.
From the Johnson Camp aid station (mile 13) and the turn onto Johnson Camp Trail, it is almost all downhill and flat from here. Enjoy the 4.8 mile gentle descent and watch the trees grow larger and more lush with every passing switchback.
The final mile is along the Bull Creek Flats Trail and will take you through some of the most magnificent old growth Redwoods in the park.
Footing is generally good throughout the course so feel free to stare skyward and admire the 300 foot tall giants along the way.