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Quad Rock 25/50

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May 12, 2018 (Saturday)
50 Mile, 25 Miles
Lory State Park
Fort Collins, Colorado
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"Welcome to the Quad Rock 50 and 25 mile trail races, an event put on by trail runners for trail runners.

Taking place on the trails and hills west of Fort Collins in Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park, the Quad Rock 25/50 will take you on a tour of the Fort Collins skyline, situated on the northeastern edges of Coloradoís mighty Rocky Mountains. Look east from the courseís high ridges and youíll see the Great Plains extending into Nebraska as far as the eye can see. Look west and youíll take in the layered ridgelines and summits of Northern Coloradoís Rocky Mountain swell, dominated 30 miles away by a towering Longs Peak, the undisputed monarch of Coloradoís northern Front Range.

We aspire to not only offer a first class trail racing experience on a challenging, scenic and impeccably marked course, but also a top-notch post-race experience that will leave your bellies full, your feet tapping and your mouths yapping.

The 25-mile loop will take you to the base of two of the more prominent granite outcroppings atop the West Ridge of the Fort Collins skyline by way of the Mill Creek drainage and the Spring Creek Valley. All told, you will ascend a touch over 5,500 vertical feet on more than 23 miles of premium, gnarled-out singletrack connected by two miles of dirt road. Run the second loop in reverse for a full 50 miles and a net vertical gain in excess of
11,000 feet.

Hang around after your run for music, barbequeíd goodness, awesome awards, and some mighty tall tales."


Event Start Location
Soldier Canyon Trailhead, Lory State Park

Course Description
Course Description
The 50 mile course will have approximately 11,130ft of vertical gain.

*The 2017 Quad Rock route was altered slightly due to nearby nesting raptors. We expect to use the same route modification (one mile affected) in 2018 and will review our plans with rangers to update our final maps and directions later in April, 2018. 2017 route modifications are highlighted in red below.

Course Marking
The course will be well marked with pink flagging tape plus extra pink pin flags and flour at important intersections. On longer stretches of trail, confidence flagging will be placed approximately every quarter mile. Turns will be marked heavily with 3-4 extra flags before the turn and 3-4 flags within line of sight leading away in the correct direction.

Detailed Course Directions
Start to Arthurís Rock (East Valley) Trailhead:

Lory State Park Soldier Canyon Picnic AreaThe race will start at the gateway to the Soldier Canyon picnic area. Runners will follow the road out of the trailhead and head south on the Lodgepole Drive loop (where runner vehicles are parked) and will continue two miles down the main park road to the Arthurís trailhead.

Arthurís Rock Trailhead to Towers Aid Station:

Take the first left into the Arthurís horse trailer parking lot and head straight onto the east side of the South Valley loop trail. Immediately after crossing the Horsetooth Mountain Park border, turn right onto the Nomad trail. At the next junction, take another right onto the Sawmill trail. Continue up to the end of Sawmill and take a right onto Loggers. In about 1 quarter mile, turn left onto Carey Springs which will take you up to the Towers service road. Turn right on Towers Road (dirt) and continue up the hill until you reach the aid station at the intersection of the Mill Creek and Spring Creek trails.

Towers Aid Station to Horsetooth Trailhead:
Horsetooth RockFrom the Towers Road aid station, turn left onto the Spring Creek trail. A little over 1 mile down the trail, turn left onto Herrington and then take your next right onto Stout near the top of the saddle. Follow Stout for about 1 mile and take the next right onto the Spring Creek trail.

The Spring Creek trail will rejoin the Horsetooth Falls trail in about .6 miles. Turn left onto the Horsetooth Falls trail back to the Horsetooth Trailhead aid station, which is also the main parking area for the Horsetooth Mountain Park Open Space.

Horsetooth Trailhead to Towers Aid Station:

Horsetooth Rock TrailFrom the Horsetooth Trailhead, take the Soderberg service road up to the Horsetooth Rock trail, and turn left, continuing on the hiking trail up to the Wathan/Westridge trail junction. Turn right off the Horsetooth Rock trail onto the Wathan trail and continue straight (stay left) onto the Westridge Trail and follow it north to Towers Road. Take a right on Towers and the aid station will be right around the corner.

Towers Aid Station to Arthurís Rock Trailhead:

Mill Creek Link to Arthurs Rock TrailFrom the Towers aid station, take a left on the Mill Creek trail and follow it all the way back to the Arthurís Trailhead in Lory State Park. Midway down Mill Creek, watch for a sharp left turn at the Loggers junction. Shortly after you enter Lory State Park, the Mill Creek trail will come to a T junction. Take the right onto the Mill Creek Link trail and follow that to the South Valley Trail, where youíll make a quick left to the Arthurís Rock trailhead.

Arthurís Rock Trailhead to Soldier Canyon Start/Finish Area:

Start up the Arthurís Rock trail and about 3/4 of a mile up, take a sharp left to connect to the Howard trail. Follow Howard all the way up and around the back side of Arthurís Rock. Take a sharp left onto the Timber Trail behind the rock. The first part of Timber is a 4WD logging road. About 3/4 mile down the road, take the 90 degree right turn onto the Timber single track trail. Keep left past Well Gulch and follow Timber all the way to the Timber Trailhead on the valley floor. Exit the Timber trailhead and take the short connector trail back to the Soldier Canyon start/finish.

50 Mile Finish:

50 Milers will run the same 25 mile loop in reverse and from the last stop at the Arthurís trailhead runners will stay on the East Valley trail all the way to the finish area at Soldier Canyon.
 
 

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