Course

Trail Run Route



2014-Elevation

Trail Run Description

 

Grand Traverse Mountain Run

FullCrested Butte to Star Pass

Race start  time is 6 AM on the 200 block of Elk Avenue in Downtown Crested Butte (adjacent to Post Office). Departing easterly down Elk Ave, competitors will encounter dirt within .5 miles of the start when they meet the McCormic Ranch subdivision road.  Racers soon join single track at Tony’s Trail, where the course starts a gradual ascent leading to a R-turn connecting them with the Upper Trail (FS-435.1).

This section climbing the shoulder of Mt. Crested Butte poses a technical 200′ climb, followed by a 400′ decent to the trail’s junction with County Road 738 (L-Turn). The race will remain on this dirt surfaced road for 2.2 miles, resuming single-track at the junction with Trail 408 (R-Turn), also known as the “Canal Trail” (1st water crossing on course ).

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Mildly ascending for 2.3 miles racers will encounter their second wet stream crossing at Brush Creek, delivering them soon after to AID #1 (Full Aid – Mile 9.5)  The course briefly continues on a narrowly sketched single-track through the “Death Pass” escarpment.  Thereafter, runners merge on to the East Brush Creek jeep road (FS 738.2B).

Racers must be vigilant to NOT diverge onto FS 738 (L-Turn) along this route, DON’T go to Pearl Pass!

Forest Service road 738.2B eventually becomes TR 400, further ascending to one more wet crossing over East Brush Creek, leading racers shortly thereafter to AID #2 (Limited Aid – Mile 16.5)  Departing AID #2 racers will switch back up roughly 1 mile to the top of Star Pass (12,336′ – Mile 17.5)

Star Pass – 11:15 AM  CUT-OFF

Star Pass to Aspen

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Beyond the summit a gradual single track descent connects to Taylor Pass Divide Road (FS 761.A).  This primitive double track road skirts the eastern slopes of Taylor Peak, exponentially gaining altitude until attaining Taylor flats where the route continues a gentle ascent to the broad summit of Taylor Pass and AID #3  (Full Aid – Mile 23.5).

AID #3 – 12:45 PM CUT-OFF

Gradual climbing continues past AID #3, mixed with an intervening descent before once more climbing to the route’s second highest elevation point at 12,306′.  From here the course begins it’s incremental drop in elevation, joining Richmond Hill Road, leading racers onto Aid #4 (Limited Aid – Mile 28.8)  From this second-to-last aid station, racers will be subjected to a 7 mile rolling traverse over Richmond Ridge, delivering them to Aid #5 (Full Aid – Mile 35.5) at the top of Ajax Mountain!

To receive a qualified finish time, racers must depart Aid #5 by 5:00 PM

Entering the Aspen Mountain boundary, racers will embark upon a 3,200′ elevation loss over 5 miles. The descent will utilize the following single track within the Aspen Mountain trail network: East Rim > Power of 1 > Summer Road > Little Nell.  Nearing the base of the mountain, Little Nell trail intersects with the Ajax Trail.

Look for flagging leading you to make a hard RIGHT TURN through a wood gate on to the City of AspenAjax Trail.  This trail will direct racers to the finish line at Ajax Park in < .25 miles.

IMPORTANT:  All information is subject to change.  For the safety of racers and volunteers, weather or other environmental conditions may require a change in the race start time or location, the official course, race rules – or may even lead to event cancellation.  The registration fee is non-refundable. 

The Grand Traverse operates under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison and White River National Forest.


 

Mountain Bike Route




Aspen-to-CB_MTB_Elevation



MTB Description



Grand Traverse Mountain Bike

The Mountain Bike start is 7 AM at the 1A Base Area of Aspen Mountain, located  S. Aspen St. & Gilbert St.

Riders will launch directly into a sustained 3,300’ climb over 5 miles, ascending the Summer Road (CR -14) to the summit of Aspen Mountain.  AID #1 will be distributed here, as will an enforced 9:00 AM CUT-OFF.  Departing the Ski Area boundary, riders will set off on a rolling traverse over Richmond Ridge Road (CR-15E).

At mile 9.5 riders begin their second sustained climb of 1,292’ over 3.4 miles.  After an intervening 300 ft. descent, leading into a 300’ climb, followed by another 300’ descent, riders arrive at AID #2 (mile 16.5) and the Taylor Pass Checkpoint.  A 11:30 AM CUT-OFF will be imposed.

Riders continue on a moderate double track descent for 4.5 miles.  At mile 18.3, the route begins an alpine ascent to the top of Star Pass, double track transforms into single track at mile 20.5.  Once over Star Pass, riders will embark on a relentless 11.4 mile descent down the Brush Creek drainage.

Single track turns back into double track at mile 23.4 (FS Road 738.2B).  Continuing to mile 28.5, riders will divert off the jeep road, forking to the south (L. Turn) onto the Death Pass escarpment traverse.  Arriving on the opposite end of this narrow and exposed section, riders will again divert to the south (L. Turn) onto Farris Creek Trail (TR 409).  A short steep descent leads riders to a wide Brush Creek crossing, a quarter mile beyond this crossing riders will merge westerly (R. Turn) onto the Canal Trail (TR 408).  This single track eventually returns to the dirt surfaced Brush Creek Rd. (CR 738).

The course continues on County Road 738 (Brush Creek Rd.) to AID #3 at mile 35.25 located at the junction of FS Trail 435.1 (Upper Upper Trail).  Riders unable to depart this check point by 2:30 PM will be CUT-OFF and asked to ride themselves into the Town of Crested Butte via Brush Creek Road and Hwy 135.

Departing AID #3, the route returns to single track, presenting racers with a challenging 470’ climb over 0.5 miles.  After twisting descents through the “bridges” section of the Upper Upper trail, riders will continue on to their last climb, ascending through a technical rock section. This last 700’ stinger over 1.4 miles tops out at Hunter Hill Road.  Intersecting this brief bit of pavement, racers ascend slightly to their right, following course marking through the San Moritz condo parking lot onto the San Moritz single track trail.  This trail will propel racers on to a descending finish at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Racers must cross the Finish Line by 5:00 PM to receive a qualified finish time.

IMPORTANT:  All information is subject to change.  For the safety of racers and volunteers, weather or other environmental conditions may require a change in the race start time or location, the official course, or race rules – or may lead to cancellation.  The registration fee is non-refundable. 

The Grand Traverse operates under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison and White River National Forest.


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