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Aspen Backcountry Marathon Course Information

New Direction and New Starting Line for 2017!

We will be running 2016's course in reverse this year. Utilizing the beautiful trails that surround Aspen, this full marathon is run almost exclusively on dirt trails. The diversity of terrain, challenging ascents & descents and overall elevation gain will challenge even the most well trained athletes. With spectacular views of the Elk Mountains above and the city of Aspen below, this is one race you'll be sure to remember!

This race will be a limited support race. There will be food and water stations, portable toilets at the start/finish, volunteer crews, timers, and mile markers. There are volunteer medical personnel along the course and at aid stations, but there is no guarantee of rescue or medical attention. Each participant is ultimately responsible for their own rescue and preparation for course and weather conditions. 

 Approximate elevation profile of the 2017 marathon


2017 Aspen Backcountry Marathon Course / view map


Start – All races will start and finish at Rio Grande Park.

 

Start – NEW for 2017! the Marathon will start at the Clock Tower on the Mall. Cooper and Mill St intersection. 
Follow Mill st. to Hopkins, Hopkins to Galena (Cross Main St at Galena).

Take the Jail Trail to Rio Grande Place. Cross Rio Grande Place and head onto the dirt trail through the John Denver Sanctuary.  

Take the Dirt trail through the John Denver Sanctuary across the Krajian Bridge, take a right up the Hunter Creek Trail.

Turn Right onto the Lani White Trail, up and through Williams Ranch, across to Smuggler Mountain Road. 

Take Smuggler Mountain Trail up to the BTS Tail. 

Head up the BTS Trail to the Tootsie Roll Trail.

Follow Tootsie Roll Trail to the Lollipop Trail.

Follow the Lollipop to the new lower Lollipop Trail down to the Iowa Shaft Trail (USFS Trail #2172.1).

Follow the Iowa Shaft Trail down to Hunter Creek Valley South Trail (USFS #21A.1).

Turn left on the Hunter Creek Valley South Trail and follow it to the Hunter Creek Cutoff Trail.

Turn right on the Hunter Creek Cutoff Trail and then a right onto the Hunter Creek Valley Trail (USFS #1992.2).

Turn left on North Spur Trail (USFS #1992.3B) and then right on the Hunter Creek Valley North Trail (USFS #21A.1).

Follow the Hunter Creek Valley North Trail to the Hummingbird Trail.

Take the Hummingbird Trail to the Hunter Creek Toll Road (USFS #20A).

Turn Right on the Hunter Creek Toll Road and then bear right on the Hunter Creek Overlook Trail (USFS #2491.1).

Turn left onto the Hunter Creek Toll Road and then a right onto Burnt Hole Road (USFS #22).

Turn left onto the Hobbit Trail (USFS #1989.3) and follow the Hobbit Trail to Four Corners.

Take the Red Mountain Communications Site Road and then turn left onto the Secret/Jedi Trail (USFS #1987.3).

Turn Left on the Sunnyside Trail (USFS #1987.1) and follow it until the Shadyside Cutoff (USFS #1988.2).

Turn left on Shadyside Trail (USFS #1988.1) and follow it until it joins the Sunnyside Trail again.

Turn right on the Sunnyside Trail and follow it until it meets the Rio Grande Trail.

Turn left on the Rio Grande Trail and follow it until it joins a series of single track trails that parallels the Rio Grande Trail.  

Cross the Roaring Fork River on the Picnic Point Bridge and turn left on the Music Tent single track trail.

Turn left onto the Grindley Bridge and then a right turn back onto the Rio Grande Trail.  Follow the Rio Grande

Trail back to Rio Grande Park and the finish.

 

 

Course & Elevation Profile

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