The Elephant Rock Trail Run is a challenging trail race through an area that is truly a hidden gem in the Wasatch Mountains. This trail winds across and up the mountain keeping the elevation gain manageable (about 3,045 +/- ft over the entire course). However, to make things even more fun- and we mean crazy fun- we added 800 ft. of vertical climb in less than half a mile near the beginning of the race! It’s what we call “Elephant Ridge” which leads to another 0.5 miles of extremely rocky, technical steep descent down “The Chute” with lots of gravel that will challenge even the elite runners to not fall.. This race is also ideal for road runners who would like to have a glimpse of what it is like to run trails. You will love this so much that you will totally be converted to trail running :)
It is a moderately challenging trail race at Elephant Ridge and The Chute sections, but then it turns into one of the most scenic loop courses (13.8 miler), a loop and reverse loop (26.8 miler), or a run to Elephant Rock (7 miler) through the Wasatch Mountains above Bountiful, Utah. The trail will be well marked. It consists of dirt trails (80%), dirt roads (19%), and paved ground at the start/finish line. There is over 3,045 +/- ft. of elevation gain and loss, with 1 major climb of 800 ft and 1 major descent. The climb starts at mile 1.6 (“Elephant Ridge”), and the major descent (“The Chute”), right after summiting Cave Peak. The climb heading towards Rudy’s Flat is very light with rolling hills, and then the rest of the way to the finish line is a fairly gentle mostly downhill slope.
We are getting ready for our second year for the Elephant Rock Trail Run, and we are excited for this years race! We have been working on a new distance (a 50K!) for all of you ultra runners. :) Stay tuned for more info.. As with all of our race distances, you can always "upgrade" to a longer distance later on, so go ahead and sign up for the marathon if you are interested in the 50K. We will update Ultra Signup with the details as soon as we have approval from the forest service. If you have any questions about the race, please email us at:
The course is an “out and back” to Elephant Rock. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The 7 mile course is marked with ORANGE FLAGS.
The trail crosses a couple springs and bridges along the way. At 3.5 miles, the trail forks. Continue straight and toward the front of the mountain where you will hit Elephant Rock. This is the turnaround spot where you will get your bib stamped showing that you made it there (Yay!) You can now turn around and run back down to the trailhead – and the finish line! There will be an aid station at the turn-around at Elephant Rock.
The course is well marked and easy to follow. The half marathon course is marked with BLUE FLAGS. The trail is the same as the 7 mile course for the first 1.7 miles, at which point there is sharp right hand turn uphill heading up the pipeline ridge, up and over Cave Peak. After that, it is a gentle climb up to Rudy’s Flat, then a gentle downhill trail from there to the finish.
The full marathon follows the half-marathon course for the first half (13+ miles) clockwise around the park. The second half of the marathon follows the same loop trail in a clockwise direction. This leaves your second climb of Cave Peak near the end of the course (in the opposite direction).