Harvey’s Guide to the 100 Mile Course
Section 1 — approximately 4.4 miles.
Begin at the base of the ski area, in front of the Sheraton. Proceed steeply up, up, up to the top of the gondola. You may have your crew purchase a gondola ticket and meet you at the top. We will use the most direct route possible (we will have this well marked). This is not the same route as the Run Rabbit Run 50, but will be steeper and more challenging – why the hare not? – you are ONE HUNDRED MILERS! Join the Chisholm Trail to Four Points Lodge. Take Storm Peak Challenge Trail to the top of the Mount Werner Aid Station. No drop bags or crew access.
Section 2 — approximately 6.4 miles.
This section is identical to that of the Run Rabbit Run 50. From the Mt. Werner Aid Station join Mountain View Trail (FS Trail 1032). Descend the ridge off Mt. Werner with nice views of the meadows of Hogan Park to the south and the peaks of the Zirkel Wilderness to the north. This is beautiful single track, some of the nicest in Colorado. A short steep descent at the end of the Mountain View Trail will bring you to the trail junction with the Fish Creek Falls Trail (FS Trail 1102). Take a RIGHT onto FS Trail 1102 (heading east) to the festive Long Lake Aid Station. This is a drop bag aid station, but there is no crew access.
Section 3 — approximately 6.1 miles.
No way can you folks can come all the way to Steamboat and not see beautiful Fish Creek Falls Trail, so turn around the way you came for a little ways until you come back to the junction with Fish Creek Falls Trail (FS Trail 1102). Take the RIGHT FORK onto it. Go down, down, down through the canyon. The trail can be very rough and rocky and steep (over 25% gradient) in places but so what? – YOU’RE HUNDRED MILERS! (Seriously: Use caution. Your chances of winning, or of finishing, will be significantly compromised should you suffer broken or mangled limbs, or worse). And who cares if you get a little wet! Anyway, its early, and you’re feeling pretty fresh, aren’t you? Eventually you’ll get to the trailhead and the Fish Creek Falls Aid Station. Crew access is permitted only via our Shuttle (available at Olympian Hall) or via bike or foot. NO CREW PARKING AT THE TRAILHEAD! NADA!
Section 4 — approximately 6.1 miles.
Yeah, it was really beautiful, but whose idea was it to see that durn Fish Creek Falls Trail anyway, because, having seen it going down, now you gotta go back up it, and darn, it’s long and pretty nasty! Turn around, cursing us beneath your breaths, and go back the way you came – up, up, up. But heck, you're still pretty fresh - aren't you? AREN'T YOU? Please be aware that this is one of the only sections on the course where you are likely to meet other runners ascending or descending the course, and while the trail is not especially narrow, watch out for each other. Go back to Long Lake Aid Station. And then be nice those folks at the aid station. They’ve watched your drop bag like hawks and they’ll feed you and give you drink. Fresh horses! More whiskey! It's going to start getting real!
Section 5 — approximately 8.6 miles.
From the Long Lake Aid Station head east about 1.7 miles on Fish Creek Falls Trail, (FS Trail 1102) to the four way junction with the Percy Trail and turn left (east) on to the Wyoming Trail (FS Trail 1101), also known as the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Go north on the Wyoming Trail. Stay on the rolling trail for about 6 miles, passing through high elevation forests and meadows, much of at two miles elevation. There's lots more up than down. After approximately 3 miles you will reach elevation 10,557 ft., the nominal high point of the course. Keep breathing. Keep moving. Make your way to the Summit Aid Station. No crew access here. Absolutely no crew vehicles on Buffalo Pass Road! This section is about 8.6 miles.
Section 6 - approximately 13 miles.
Of course you've been clever bunnies and turtles and going easy so far, because if you can't run the next section, you may be in trouble. Take Buff Pass Road about 2.8 miles on to Flash of Gold, following dashes and cairns through rock outcroppings. After about 1.4 miles you will turn left onto a single track; proceed down Flash of Gold, along some power lines until you reach the junction with Spring Creek Trail. Billy's Rabbit Hole (a minimal aid station) will be about 4.4 miles from Summit. Continue on Flash of Gold until it you reach Dry Lake Aid Station. Follow the course markings. There may be a bit of bushwacking to get you there.
Section 7 — approximately 6.2 miles.
After you’ve rejuvenated yourself, an aid station volunteer will point you down Spring Creek Trail, which is very nice single track, through some very pretty and interesting flora, with wildflowers and jungle-like plants with big leaves – lots of which looks like nice munchies for turtles and rabbits. But don’t stop – you’re going down, mostly, anyway. Fifteen bridges take you across bubbling Spring Creek – there’s a peacefulness here – it’s quite lovely! Near the bottom of the trail you might get a little wet, but after about 5 pleasant miles you emerge at Spring Creek Trail Head and Amethyst Road. ALL RUNNERS MAY PICK UP A PACER HERE! Cross the road and join the trail to your left and follow this trail through town and emerge at the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Third Street. Pay attention as you will be crossing Lincoln (the main street through town) and we cannot stop traffic. Signs will direct you the short ways to the Olympian Hall Aid Station. If you’re a Tortoise, you can pick up another pacer here. If you're a Hare, your pacer needs to stop. You're just about half way!
Section 8 - approximately 13.2 miles.
Hey, welcome to beautiful Emerald Mountain! Well, okay, another climb. Take Blackmere Drive up, up, up. Why not? Heck, YOU ARE ONE HUNDRED MILE RUNNERS! Continue up Blackmere turning left uphill on Little Moab to the Lane of Pain (ouch!) to the steeply rolling Ridge Road where we will try and have a minimal aid station. Markings will direct you to turn right on Stairway to Heaven, descend and turn right on Blair Witch then turn right Quarry Mountain Trail, which will take you back to the minimal Lane of Pain Aid Station. From there take Morning Gloria and descend to Lupine then turn left on to Emerald Meadows to the Stables; turn left, pass the Yurt and then back to Olympian Hall Aid Station. What a nice tour of some of Steamboat's prettiest trails! Umm, just one thing - most of you will be doing much of this in the dark. Please be aware that this section teems with game. BE CAREFUL OF BEARS, PARTICULARLY MOMMA BEARS WITH CUBS! THIS IS NOT A PETTING ZOO!
Section 9 — approximately 6.2 miles.
This section is the reverse of Section 7 to the Dry Lake Aid Station. Again, everyone, Hares too, can have a pacer from Olympian Hall to Spring Creek Trailhead. Please pay attention. You will be crossing through the center of town and there will be a traffic light when you cross Lincoln (Steamboat’s main street)! If you have a pacer, they can guide you through; And no headphones please until you get on Spring Creek Falls Trail. Go up, up, up to the Dry Lake Aid Station, climbing the 4.5 miles of lovely Spring Creek Trail to the Dry Lake Aid Station, but as tired as you are, we don’t blame you for not noticing how pretty it is. Say hello, grunt a bit, thank the volunteers, and maybe change pacers. But be sure to ask them: Are you ready for this? Because you're going with me the rest of the way, and it ain't easy! You are now at about mile 70.
Section 10 — approximately 10 miles.
Gather yourself, load up on food and liquids, get out of the Dry Lake Aid Station, and join the Ditch Trail that contours above the Soda Creek Drainage, turning right at the junction with Grouse Trail (at about 1.3 miles). You're going up, up, up. Pay attention to white painted dash marks and cairns that mark the sections of trail that cross over large sections of granite. Also note that sections of this trail are very steep and are blind spots for descending mountain bikers who may find it difficult to stop should they encounter you. Use caution here and continue up the trail; when the trail returns to rock, continue to follow the cairns and dash marks. At about 4.5 miles you will reach Buff Pass Road; turn LEFT on Buff Pass Road for a very short ways (less than .2 miles). Markings will direct you to Flash of Gold where you will turn LEFT. Billy's Rabbit Hole will be about 6.5 miles from Dry Lake. Enjoy the thin air. After approximately 4.4 miles you will reach the Summit Lake Aid Station. You can have a drop bag here. No crew access. Absolutely no crew vehicles or crew aid on Buffalo Pass Road!
Section 11 — approximately 8.6 miles.
From the Summit Lake Aid Station head east until the junction with the Wyoming Trail (FS Trail 1101), also known as the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail). Go south on the Wyoming Trail. Stay on the rolling trail for about 6 miles, passing through high elevation forests and meadows, much of at two miles elevation. Keep breathing. Keep moving. No one has ever finished a one-hundred miler standing still, or, worse yet, lying on the side of the trail. Make your way to the four-way junction with the Percy Trail and turn right (west) on to Fish Creek Falls Trail, (FS Trail 1102). Go another 1.7 miles or so to the Long Lake Aid Station.
Section 12 — approximately 6.4 miles.
Drag yourself out of the aid station, continue on, veering left when you reach the junction with the Mountain View Trail (FS Trail 1032) and that beautiful Mountain View single track. You may see some of our Run Rabbit Run 50 mile bunnies out there and we’re sure they’ll cheer you on. Kind of forgot about that little climb up to the Mt. Werner Aid Station? Fuhgettaboutit! You’re tough! You’re a ONE HUNDRED MILER, and once you get to Mount Werner Aid Station, it’s all downhill from there!
Section 13 — approximately 6.4 miles.
This is it! You’re almost done! It's about 6.4 downhill miles to the finish, the same route as the Run Rabbit Run 50, to right down in front of Slopeside. Down Storm Peak Challenge, past Four Points Lodge, to the Why Not Road, to some single track and then (what - you're going to make us cross that little stream?) to the finish. And to beer and food. And remember: The clock doesn’t stop until the Designated Hugger gives you the hug!
Congratulations. You’ve done an amazing thing. About 8 miles paved, about 86 miles of trails and the rest rough jeep roads. Figure about 101.7 miles, 20,391 ft. ascent and 20,391 ft. descent.
We’re not exactly pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but we won’t pretend we can estimate any better than that.