BRYCE CANYON ULTRAS

100 Mile | 50 Mile | 60 K | 50 K | Half Marathon

May 17-18, 2019   |   Hatch, UT

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Course Descriptions

100 Miler (See maps below)

The 100 miler starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on double track up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1).

From there the route follows the Grandview trail south for 3 miles on singletrack past an unmanned water station (mile 5.2) and then continues on for nearly 7 miles and over 3,000 ft. of climbing through one of the most remote and rugged sections of the course to Blubber Creek aid station (mile 11.7), offering runners their first views from the rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

The route then continues south along the Grandview trail, staying above the rim for just over 7 miles to Kanab Creek aid station (mile 19.1). This section is mixed single track and double track with some amazing views and approximately 1,700 feet of gain and an equal amount of descent.

From here, runners continue on singletrack along the rim for just under 2 miles with some of the best views of the course, then head inland on double track for 3 more miles on a gradual descent to Straight Canyon aid station (mile 24.1).

From here runners leave the aid station on the main road for a half mile, then take a right along a rolling singletrack trail through Mill Valley for just over a mile and then face a brutal 1,500 ft. climb over the next 3 miles up to the high point and crowning overlook of the course at Pink Cliffs aid station (mile 28.8).

From here runners will continue on a nice downhill descent. Approximately 900 feet to the Crawford pass Aid Station/Turn around point. (mile 34.2)

Runners will turn around and start climbing back toward Pink Cliffs Aid Station. (Mile 39.7). Then onto Straight Canyon 2 (mile 44.4). Kanab Creek 2 (mile 49.4). Blubber Creek 2 (mile 56.8). Unnamed water only station (mile 63.3).

After the water station runners will split off of the Grandview trail and climb back up to the edge of the plateau at Blue Fly aid station (mile 67). This section will take runners through a colorful hoodoo amphitheater.

After Blue Fly aid, the route heads inland on a double track that heads northeast on a gradual downhill slope to Johnson Hollow Water only station (mile 73.8) Then continues on for another 3 miles to an aid station near the East Fork of the Sevier River in the center of the plateau. From East Fork aid (mile 76.4), you’ll continue northwest on double track that takes you back towards the edge of the plateau.

After the aid station at Coyote Hollow trailhead (mile 82.7), runners hop on the famous Thunder Mountain trail. The first 4 miles of this trail climbs up and down a series of about a dozen small ridges, each with about a hundred feet of climb and descent. It then steeply drops through a series of hoodoos on what is likely the most photographed section of the course. This section of trail can also be a bit slippery on the steeper sections, as there is often a tiny gravel layer that sits on top of the hard pack trail and can cause runners to lose their footing.

When the Thunder Mountain trail T’s into the Grandview trail (approximately mile 88.9), take a left and head south to the Thunder Mountain Water Station (90.8) about 2 miles.

After the Thunder Mountain Water Station you will continue on for another 2 miles to the Hillsdale Canyon Aid Station (mile 92.9). Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over 800 ft. of climbing!

The next section is similar, climbing over a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of climbing over 7 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 98.7).

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.

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50 Miler (See maps below)

The 50 miler starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on double track up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1). 

From there the route follows the Grandview trail south for 3 miles on singletrack, climbing an additional 1,000 ft. to an unmanned water station (mile 5.2), where the route then breaks off the Grandview trail and doubles back, heading north to the Blue Fly aid station (mile 8.9) up onto the rim of the plateau. There is approximately 800 ft. of vertical gain and loss over this section through a gorgeous hoodoo amphitheater.

After Blue Fly aid, the route heads inland on a double track that heads northeast on a gradual downhill slope to Johnson Hollow Water only station (mile 15.6) Then continues on for another 3 miles to an aid station near the East Fork of the Sevier River in the center of the plateau. From East Fork aid (mile 18.3), you’ll continue northwest on double track that takes you back towards the edge of the plateau.

After the aid station at Coyote Hollow trailhead (mile 24.5), runners hop on the famous Thunder Mountain trail. The first 4 miles of this trail climbs up and down a series of about a dozen small ridges, each with about a hundred feet of climb and descent. It then steeply drops through a series of hoodoos on what is likely the most photographed section of the course. This section of trail can also be a bit slippery on the steeper sections, as there is often a tiny gravel layer that sits on top of the hard pack trail and can cause runners to lose their footing.

When the Thunder Mountain trail T’s into the Grandview trail (approximately mile 31), take a right and head north to the Red Canyon aid station (mile 32.4). From here runners will head out for a 5 mile loop on the spectacular Golden Wall trail. There is about 1,400 ft. of climbing and descent on this section.

After passing through Red Canyon aid station a second time (mile 37.6), the route heads south along the Grandview trail 5 miles to an aid station in Hillsdale Canyon (mile 42.9). Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over 800 ft. of climbing!

The next section is similar, climbing over a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of climbing over 7 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 48.7).

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.

60K (See maps below)

The 60k starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on double track up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1).

From there the route will continue on for 1.6 miles to the Blue Fly Aid Station. (mile 3.7)

After Blue Fly aid, the route heads inland on a double track that heads northeast on a gradual downhill slope to Johnson Hollow Water only station (mile 10.5) Then continues on for another 3 miles to an aid station near the East Fork of the Sevier River in the center of the plateau. From East Fork aid (mile 13.1), you’ll continue northwest on double track that takes you back towards the edge of the plateau.

After the aid station at Coyote Hollow trailhead (mile 19.4), runners hop on the famous Thunder Mountain trail. The first 4 miles of this trail climbs up and down a series of about a dozen small ridges, each with about a hundred feet of climb and descent. It then steeply drops through a series of hoodoos on what is likely the most photographed section of the course. This section of trail can also be a bit slippery on the steeper sections, as there is often a tiny gravel layer that sits on top of the hard pack trail and can cause runners to lose their footing.

When the Thunder Mountain trail T’s into the Grandview trail (approximately mile 25.7), take a left and head south to the Thunder Mountain Water Station 27.6) about 2 miles.

After the Thunder Mountain Water Station you will continue on for another 2 miles to the Hillsdale Canyon Aid Station (mile 29.6). Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over 800 ft. of climbing!

The next section is similar, climbing over a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of climbing over 7 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 35.4).

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.

50K (See maps below)

The 50k starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on double track up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1). 

From there the route follows the Grandview trail north for 5.5 miles on a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of descent to the Hilsdale Aid Station (mile 7.9). You will then continue north for 2 more miles to the Thunder Mountain water only station (mile 10). Head north to the Red Canyon aid station (mile 13.3). From here runners will head out for a 5 mile loop on the spectacular Golden Wall trail. There is about 1,400 ft. of climbing and descent on this section.

After passing through Red Canyon aid station a second time (mile 18.5), the route heads south along the Grandview trail 5 miles to an aid station in Hillsdale Canyon (mile 23.9). Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over 800 ft. of climbing!

The next section is similar, climbing over a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of climbing over 7 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 29.7).

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.

Half Marathon (See maps below)

The half marathon starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and runs northwest approximately 1 mile where we turn east on double track. The course continues on north. Following along the foothills.

At approximately (mile 4) we turn east and run up Johnson Canyon. About mile 4.8 we T into the Grandview Trail where we will take a left. We will continue north for approximately 1 mile to the Hilsdale Aid Station (mile 6.1). We will then turn around and head back along the Grandview trail.

Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over a thousand ft. of climbing. Over a series of small ridges in the foothills for over 5 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 11.8). 

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.


COURSE MAPS

Bryce Canyon 100

Bryce Canyon 50

Bryce Canyon 60K

Bryce Canyon 50K

Bryce Canyon Trail Half Marathon

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