Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 6:00am
Course Markings – The course will be flagged with brightly colored ribbon. There may also be some flour arrows and signs in critical areas, but I have to carry the flour on the course, so there won’t be a lot of that. There are no course markings from Aid Station #2 to the top of Logan Peak. That would be silly, just go uphill until you can’t anymore, tag the tower, then go back down. Yeah, not hard. In areas where there aren’t any side trails, don’t count on seeing too many confidence markers. Where there are side trails/ATV roads/junctions, there will be plenty. Pay very close attention to the course markings as you leave Aid Station #3 and head north. Every year a couple of you go off course here even though I mark the fool out of it. Start to Aid Station #1: The course will go north on Gibbons Parkway to Mountain Road and turn right, then run up the road until you get to Logan Dry Canyon trailhead. Runners then climb up Logan Dry Canyon for about 3.5 miles on single-track trail to Aid Station #1/4. Aid Station #1 to Aid Station #2: From Aid Station #1/4, the course turns right onto the South Syncline Trail and continues over to Providence Canyon (a little more than 2 miles on single-track with spectacular views). As the course enters the Providence Canyon drainage, the South Syncline Trail merges with the Welches Flat jeep trail, which rolls up and down for about 4 miles until joining the main Providence Canyon jeep trail. The Providence Canyon jeep trail climbs for another 0.75 mile, and then you follow the main forest service road 1.5 mile north to Aid Station #2/3. There are a few side trails along here. Pay attention to the course markings. Station #2/3. As you are above Providence Canyon on the jeep road, there will be a water source coming from a pipe into a trough. This water is really cold and good and as far as I know safe. I’ve drank from it numerous times and never had an issue. Aid Station #2 to Logan Peak and back to Aid Station #3: #3 It is a 900 foot climb in about 2.5 miles on jeep trail from Aid Station #2/3 up to Logan Peak. In most years, at least part of this is on packed snow. Along the way you can look down and see Providence Lake and a huge bowl called the Rodeo Grounds. The course returns the same way from the peak. Runners who wish to avoid the trek to Logan Peak (the Syncline Loop Option) can skip this section and proceed to the next section. (Finishers who take the Syncline Loop Option receive an official time for the 22 mile option, but not an overall place; note also that the distance for the Syncline Loop Option is NOT an ultramarathon distance.) If you are signed up for the 28 mile option and choose not to do the peak, please let the aid station people know so they can make a note of it. Aid Station #3 to Aid Station #4: This is the most varied section of the race, with pine forest, fir forest, aspen groves, wildflower meadows, sage slopes, short snow fields, mountain springs, and spectacular views into Logan Canyon and the Naomi high country. Leaving Aid Station #2/3, runners turn left and take the main forest service road north for about 1 mile, before turning left onto a spur road. About 0.4 mile down this spur road, the course makes a left turn onto single-track trail. This trail rolls for a little less than 2 miles until encountering a T junction at the bottom of a descent through fir trees. Make a left at this T (the trail to the right goes to a spring). Continue along this single-track for another 1.5 miles, eventually climbing gently to a sage/wildflower covered ridge. From this ridge, runners descend 1.25 miles back into Logan Dry Canyon. Along the way, there is a high mountain spring. When the trail comes to the canyon bottom, it makes a sharp right turn and then descends gently about 0.25 miles to Aid Station #1/4. There are two water sources along here. The first is a side trail off of a switchback. It’s about 100 yards down this side trail and is a spring coming out of the rock. I have also drank from this water and not had any problems. The other water source is about half a mile from Aid Station #4. It comes from a pipe into a trough and is really cold and good. I highly recommend filling your pack/bottles here as there may be limited water at the aid station. Aid Station #4 to the Finish: This last section (4.5 miles of mostly single-track) is simply the reverse of the first section of the race. Enjoy the downhill and the great views down Logan Dry Canyon into the Cache Valley! This section can get extremely hot as you drop down in elevation. We had a case of dehydration happen not too far up from the mouth of the canyon. We will try to get some water jugs up the canyon but please don’t count on this source.
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