Rolling hardwood forests, beautiful lakes, meandering rivers form the backdrop for these races in the magnificent Haliburton Forest.
From Base Camp u run 1.1K before turning right on the East Road. At 1.7K you bear left passing by MacDonald Boat Launch (careful of the Submarine rail tracks). Aid station 2 is just over the tracks & will be set up next time u go through this aid station. Continue on the trail and then left at the East Road again at 2.25K. Over the next 1K on forest roads u encounter two hills & levelling out at 3.1K. Just past Aid Station #3, u will turn left on the Red Trail 6K to reach Normac Trail at 6.3K. Now on Normac Trail u climb a challenging (500metre) hill & then left to continue on the Normac. The trails levels out & descend for a short distance & then u encounter another serious climb (700 metre) leveling out at the 8Kmark. Continuing on Normac u pass the Dog Trail arriving back at the East Road at 10.1K.
Turn left on the East Road & run past the MacDonald Boat Launch for the second time & Aid Station 2. Running past the aid station, this time u cross the East Road & enter Poachers Trail 11K. As the challenge continues you encounter a hill at 12K levelling out at 12.5K and about 200 metres later climb again reaching hilltop at 13K. Now a long descent until you reach 14K, then leveling out to the trails end at15.5K. At the end of Poachers, you turn right & Aid Station #4 is there. Proceed up the hill & turn left into The Pass & follow it till u come to a T-junction. Proceed right for a few metres & follow the sign for Redstone Vista (16.8K). Proceed up the hill till you see the sign “To Ben's Trail” (17.1 & proceed left till you hit Ben's Trail (17.7). At Ben's Trail turn right & follow the trail till u hit Krista Trail (20.1) where you will proceed right.
Over the balance of the Krista you will encounter more hills & descents in a very dense forest section. Coming out of the forest area, you will see Aid Station #5. Proceed along the flat logging road for a couple of k's. At the T-junction, proceed right, cross the bridge & make a immediate left on Black Creek Trail. About 1/2K down the tgrail is where the 50K's will turn & head for home. The turn will be clearly marked with a big yellow sign. 50M/100M runners continue down this trail is somewhat more forgiving. The trails opens to a forest road (for approx 2K) through a scenic hardwood forest section until u reach East Road. Turn right & a few feet down the road is aid station #6 & the 30K mark.
On Lookout trail you proceed a k before along climb, topping out at 31.1K (do not climb all the way to
the Lookout) then a long decent leveling out at 32K. Crossing a wooden bridge you should go left onto
Sprucetree Trail at 33K. A nice sandy old forest road will bring u back to the East Road at 35K. At the
t-junction u proceed right & then an immediate left to start the King & James Trail.
The King & James trail u climb again for about a kilometer, level out for 500 metre then a long descent for another kilometer. A few more rollers over the next couple of kilometers. At the junction of the Green & King & James, the trail changes its name to the Red Trail and here you bear right and continue down the road till you reach Aid #7 – continue through the aid station till you see the turnaround for the 50M/100M. Proceed back to the Aid Station #7 & then retrace the route.
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