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Bozeman, Montana
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Location: Gallatin Mountain Range, Bozeman, Montana. 40-50 minutes from town, off I-90, exit 305, South about 9 miles on 19th Ave, road curves hard right, then turn left in about 3/4 mile at the Forest Service sign for Hyalite Canyon. Stay the paved road to reservoir (about 8 miles), continue on an excellent Forest Service gravel road about 6 miles to the end and the Hyalite Creek trailhead.

COURSE: This is a graduate level run (yes, like Hardrock). It is almost unsupported and unmarked. That being said however, navigation should not be an issue. There are plenty of cairns and you primarily stay on the ridge, The "graduate" part is due to the requirement to carry what you need for 5 - 9 hours of running and once out on the course there is no easy way out until the turnaround. You are almost always above 9500 feet on a rocky (but beautiful) trail. Course starts and finishes at the Hyalite Creek Trailhead and is out and back on 100% trails with one significant climb to 10,300 feet and multiple short steep climbs totaling 11,400 feet. The course will not be marked but is quite easy to follow. There are FS blazes, cairns and it is well-worn except in meadows. There will be nice streams multiple times in the first (and last) 7 miles. There is a murky lake at 11 miles (and 39 miles), and a very small stream a quarter mile later and lots of snow to put in your water carrier. There is a nice creek at the 25 mile turnaround point. Water has certainly been frequented by wildlife, especially the lake, so a filter is strongly recommended. Possibility of sheep and the most beautiful views imaginable of Paradise Valley and the Absaroka and Spanish Peaks mountain ranges.

AID STATIONS and DROP BAGS:There is only one minimal aid station at the turn-around. There will be filtered or hauled water available, tortilla sandwiches, pretzels, candy and possibly fruit. Drop bags must be carried up 1100 feet of elevation over 2 miles so please minimize your needs! No shoes unless really important!!

CUT-OFFS: Cutoff is 9 hours at the turn-around cabin and 18 hours overall.

WEATHER: Exposure is extreme in case of a thunderstorm.

 
 

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