25K course maps & description
25k course description
Mile 0-4 First mile is a short jaunt over the Susquehanna River via Hyner Bridge. Get warmed up as you pass Huff Run and continue on to Cliffhanger — an old fire line trail along the cliffs following the river. Cliffhanger Trail is semi-flat but narrows at points, so be careful in passing. Progression may be slower here until the first hill, but use this time to get warmed up and conserve your energy. You're going to need it later!! A steep climb of a mile or so in length will take runners/hikers up to Hyner View, one of PA’s finest vistas. There will be an aid station as well as some bathrooms. Enjoy the view!!
Mile 4-6 Follow the Hyner View Trail downhill along several switchbacks to the sweet running section of Reichert Hollow. This is a great section to make up time from the previous nasty climb up to the View. There are no leaves on the trees in April so take in the scenery. The footing is fast and sure. Get ready for some tough running through Johnson Run Hollow.
Mile 6-9 Johnson Run is a long gradual climb with stream crossings around every corner. The first section will climb along the side of the mountain on a 16-inch path to avoid the spring run-offs. You will be surrounded by tall hardwoods. After you drop back down onto Johnson Run, white pine and hemlocks will give you some cover from the sun in case of a warm day. This trail is remote as it follows the stream the entire way. Larger crossings make use of a few natural log bridges. In other places, stepping stones are abundant. Be prepared to get your feet wet. It’s a gut-check to get to the top of this trail. Make sure you utilize checkpoint #1 because there will be no support in this gorge. Put your head down and chop up this beast. The steepest section is at the end — a section called "Psycho Path".
Mile 9-12 Johnson Run ends with a meandering path that brings you out to a gravel forest road which you cross to get to the head of Post Draft Hollow. There will be a much needed water/food station here. If you feel cramped up, take a few minutes to get some fluids, salt, and rest. Post Draft is a side-hill trail that traverses the mountain down to the base of the hollow. Enjoy the relaxing run before taking a hard left and start up the infamous “Cleveland Hollow”. This trail known as the GARBY Trail, offers some grinding switchbacks and great views of the area, but you’ll be thankful that it’s near the end. It is a grueling climb that will drain the last drop of energy from you. Near the top is a kicker called the S.O.B. (We call it a “challenge” for a reason.) Be careful as you go up S.O.B..... Potato sized rocks often tumble down from contestants above. Also, on a warm day, watch out for the local critters!!! Once on top, enjoy getting your legs back as you have a nice smooth 1-mile run around the horseshoe to the checkpoint.
Mile 12-Finish. First, get a drink from the third and last water station. Leaving Cleveland Hollow, contestants will travel through thick mountain laurel via the Spring Trail. We’re giving you a chance for some payback when you get to the last leg. Gravity will win this battle as you tear down Huff Run. Be careful.... tired legs may just land you on the floor of the forest with some dirt sticking to your front teeth. Not to worry, it is all downhill to the bottom and a short (feels like 10 miles) sprint over Hyner Bridge to the finish line. Make sure to follow the orange flags after the bridge to the finish chute. Sorry to tell you, but there is one more small hill to the finish!! Enjoy the course!!!
After you're done, relax and recover with some good food and beverages, and share your war stories with your fellow trailrunners.