Albert Moser Campground
Albert Moser Campground, Preston, ID 83263, USA
Deer Cliff Inn
N Deercliff Rd, Preston, ID 83263, USA
The race is situated in the beautiful Wasatch Cache National Forest, in the Bear River Range in southeast Idaho. Much of the course is along the Highline Trail, which provides stunning views of the area.
At Albert Moser Campground, you go to the east end of the campground, and head up a trail that cuts back to the right (south), and climbs for about a mile. Then the trail is rolling for the next mile and a half. You cross a dry creek bed, and then 1/10 mile later you take a left turn in a meadow, and head east on a faint trail. In less than ½ mile you come to a fence. You go left (through a gate). You cross a creek and turn left, heading east. In a little over a mile you come to a 4-wheel road. Go straight onto this road. In a little over a mile, after a bit of a climb, you come to a spring (water trough) to the right. In 1/3 mile you top out on a hill, and head downhill for 2/3 mile. You see a sign ahead. Go left, then left again in 20 yards, heading east. You have a steep climb ahead for about 1 ½ miles. At the top of the climb you come to a 4 wheel road. There should be a water stop here. Go right. In 1 1/3 miles you come to a dirt road. Turn right. In 2/10 mile you see a sign to Danish Pass. Go left. In 3/10 mile the road forks. Take the right fork. In 2/10 mile you take a left turn onto a trail for a short distance, that joins with a dirt road towards Danish Pass. One mile later you take a left turn onto a short-cut trail that take you to Danish Pass 4/10 of a mile later, and the Aid Station.
From Danish Pass you head north on the Highline Trail. In less than a mile you come to a sign, go left. In about 3 ½ miles you come to a rock cairn with signs. Continue northward. Any turn here would be a big mistake! In a little over a half mile you see a sign to Bloomington Lake. (0ff to the right) Continue northward on the left fork of the trail. In a little over 2 miles, a trail joins in from the right. Continue northward. In about 2 ½ miles you come to a maze of trails, that cut down to the northeast. Take your pick. They all lead to Paris. (Canyon, that is). About ½ mile after the maze you leave the 4 wheel trail which veers off to the right, and you continue northward on a single track trail. In a little less than a mile you come to the Paris Canyon Aid Station.
From Paris Canyon Aid you head west up a dirt road that takes you over the mountain. You soon see a road off to the right. Continue straight for about 2 ½ miles of downhill to the water stop. From here you have the choice of going left down a dirt road for 7 1/3 miles to the finish, or veer off to the right onto a trail (6 2/3 miles to the finish). The trail is very steep in places, and not recommended in wet weather. The trail is fairly level for ½ mile through thick forest, then you turn right and climb up a ridge for a while, then head west (left), and climb up to a ridge heading west. You mostly stay on this ridge until you get to the top of a peak. You then drop down the west side of the peak on a very steep trail (be careful) for ½ mile, then continue westerly on cow trails for another ½ mile. You come to a 4-wheel road. Go left. You stay on the road for 1 ¾ miles, then take a sharp left at the edge of a clear-cut area, onto a trail. You head south on this trail for 1 ½ miles to the Cub River Canyon road. Go right, and in 9/10 mile you are at the finish at Deer Cliff Inn.
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