Estes Park High School
Our mountain location is a perfect destination for running. Instead of struggling with air pollution, excessive traffic, hot temperatures and over-crowded start lines, you will find peace and beauty along our course routes. You will have a professional racing experience in a down-home environment with locals greeting you and cheering you each step of the way. Our award winning rocky mountain course is a favorite for many and continues to grow in popularity. Our race participants represent the elite as well as the walker.
START LINE is directly in front of the Estes Park Middle School building. Runners will head west and turn left onto Manford Ave until orange cone at the Fairgrounds entrance. Runners will run east back up to start line and pass through school area to Brodie Ave turning left. Runners will enter the bike path at Brodie Ave to Lake Estes tunnel, turn right (east) at bike path. Runners will proceed on south Lake Estes bike path and continue along the path to Mall Road. The trail takes a left off Mall Road and takes you across Wapiti Meadow to the Olympus Dam, the lowest point on the course (7420 feet). Continue around Lake Estes, past the golf course and through the coned Visitor Center parking lot to Big Thompson Avenue (Hwy 34). Stay on road shoulder running east up a steep hill and turn left onto Elk Trail Court. From Elk Trail Court, the course winds through an open residential area that is mostly flat to downhill. Turn Right onto Lone Pine Drive and then take a left onto North Lake Avenue, which is a downhill road paralleling Hwy 34. Turn left onto Dry Gulch Road (Sombrero Stables). The course climbs gradually for 3 miles and turns south onto Devils Gulch Road. The course is mostly downhill to mile 23, except for a 1/4 mile steep uphill after mile 21. Mixed terrain takes you past the Stanley Hotel and down to Hwy 34. At Steamer Drive and Hwy 34, marathoners will turn left and run along shoulder heading east to Elk Trail Court. At this intersection, runners will begin their second loop of Dry Gulch road to Devils Gulch road, to MacGregor Ave to Stanley Hotel and down Steamer Drive/ Hwy 34 intersection. Runners will cross Hwy 34 (protected) to the coned visitor center parking lot onto the bike trail around Lake Estes. The last 2 miles travels along the south side of Lake Estes, through the tunnel under Hwy 36, past the Stanley Fairgrounds and sports areas, and up to Brodie Avenue, turning right for a very short uphill before entering the Estes Park High School track and field at the SE corner. Complete less than one lap of the track counter clockwise and be greeted by enthusiastic crowds at the finish line!
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