The Silent Trails Race is a 10 mile trail race that begins at the Upper Tie City parking area in the Happy Jack Recreation Area on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Elevation at the start of the course is approximately 8000′. The course follows the Pole Creek single track, winding through Spruce, lodge pole and Aspen forest. The first two miles descend several hundred feet in elevation, passing the base of the old Happy Jack ski area, then proceeding through the Pole Creek campground. The trail continues along Pole Creek, past beaver ponds and finally crossing the creek at the course low elevation just before mile 3. Gentle uphill foreshadows the FUN TO COME!

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Soon you encounter the base of the notorious “Death Crotch” hill climb. Several switchbacks lead through a mostly lodge pole pine forest, emerging into the pre-Cambrian granite rocks which characterize the area, and an impressive view to the east. The trail reaches a false summit on a wind-swept ridge, descending an open field before the final climb to the top of the Summit Loop trail at mile 5. A left turn onto the Summit Loop trail descends slightly, then turns left onto the Headquarters Trail where it climbs to the race high point at the top of the Headquarters/Browns Landing trail. Just beyond the aid station the trail descends the Browns Landing trail, past mile 6, rejoining the Headquarters Loop trail for a rolling 2 mile stretch which includes a beautiful overlook of the valleys and mountains to the west. The final 2 miles take the runner back into the main Happy Jack trail system, concluding with the Upper UW trail, which connects to the Upper Tie City campground and the race finish.

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