50K Race Start at Fond du Lac Park
Start of mountain bike trail just after crossing Highway 210 at the start. Also aid station location for 100K turnaround in 2015.
Heading up mountain bike trails and switchbacks
First major junction at 4.1 miles - Stay LEFT here
Second junction at 4.25 miles - Take a RIGHT here
Turn LEFT onto faint singletrack path - don't miss this turn!
Turn SHARP LEFT off faint path onto trail used in Voyageur 50 powerline section
~ mile 5.4 - just after leaving Grand Portage aid station and turning right off of Hwy 210 - Grand Portage Trail/SHT
Shortly after entering Grand Portage Trail/SHT, don't miss righthand turn onto SHT (note signage - SHT sign, right turn arrow, post with turn arrow and blue blazes indicating a right hand turn - you should not get lost if paying attenttion, the trail is well marked)
~ mile 5.6
~ mile 5.7
~ mile 5.9
~ mile 7
~ mile 7.5
~ mile 8 - crossing Mission Creek Trail and spur to trailhead
~ mile 8 - new bridge
~ mile 8 (note blazes on tree indicating a left turn)
~ mile 8
~ mile 8.2
~ mile 8.5 - Andy's Switchbacks
~ mile 8.5
~ mile 9 - cool bridge over Sargent Creek
~ mile 9 - steep steps
~ mile 9.5 - crossing Beck's Road, Ely's Peak in the background
~ mile 9.5 - through the aspens
~ mile 10 - don't miss left hand turn off paved Willard Munger Trail (run on Willard Munger for ~ 1/4 mile after aid station)
~ mile 10 - now it's getting rocky and rooty!
~ mile 10.5 - going up Ely's Peak - enjoy the many views!
~ mile 10.5 - the trail going up - top of Ely's Peak in background
~ mile 10.5 - trail over bedrock with Ely's Peak in background
~ mile 10.5 - yes that is the trail
~ mile 11 - trail traversing bench above cliffs (unknown hiker)
~ mile 11 - bench above cliffs - one of my favorite spots along the trail in Duluth - a great place for a nap on a warm Fall day.
~ mile 11 - bench above cliffs
~ mile 11 - just past Ely's Peak spur trail - note blue blaze on rock - most blazes going up Ely's Peak are painted on the rocks
~ mile 12.5
~ mile 12.8 - 1st crossing of Skyline Parkway
~ mile 13 - Bardon Peak area
~ mile 13
~ mile 13 - view from trail in Bardon Peak area
~ mile 13 - view from trail. You can actually almost see the finish line almost 20 miles away by trail from here.
~ mile 13.5
~ mile 14.5 - after 2nd crossing of Skyline Parkway
~ mile 14.5
~ mile 15 - don't miss righthand turn off Skyline Parkway - will run on Skyline Parkway for ~ 1/4 mile after Magney-Snively aid station
~ mile 15.2
~ mile 15.5 - old homestead
~ mile 15.5
~ mile 15.7
~ mile 15.8
~ mile 17 - view of Knowlton Creek from trail near base of Spirit Mtn just after new Spirit Mtn. aid station.
~ mile 17
~ mile 17.2
~ mile 17.5
~ mile 17.8 - bridge over upper Knowlton Creek - follow signs closely
~ mile 18 - don't miss left hand turn off gravel road - use this road for less than 1/5 mile, same road as used in Voyageur 50 down to the turnaround
~ mile 18 - steep steps just after turn off gravel road
~ mile 18 - more steep steps
~ mile 18.5 - through maple forest
~ mile 19
~ mile 19 after staying on main SHT. Race no longer takes spur trail down to zoo. It stays on the main SHT at the spur trail junction.
~ mile 19 - view from trail
~ mile 19.5 - trail goes under I-35 overpass on old road
~mile 19.5 - don't miss sharp left off old road onto trail just after overpass
~ mile 19.8 - crossing of Cody St. - follow the signs - you will run on streets for a couple of blocks here
~ mile 21.5
~ mile 21.5 - along Keene Creek
~ mile 21.5 - that's the trail
~ mile 22
~ mile 22.5
~ mile 22.5 - view from the trail
~ mile 22.5 - view of Enger Tower on the hill in the background - that's where you're headed!
~ mile 23
~ mile 23.5
~ mile 24 - Haines Road crossing
~ mile 24.5
~ mile 25
~ mile 25.5
~ mile 25.5 view from the trail
~ mile 26
~ mile 26 - Enger Tower and lift bridge in background
~ mile 26.5
~ mile 26.5 - Enger Tower in the distance - you'll be there soon!
~ mile 27 - reservoir just before crossing N. 27th Ave. W
~ mile 27 - don't miss left turn off W 10th St. You will follow W 10th St. for about a block before turning back onto trail here
~ mile 27.3
~ mile 27.5 - bridge crossing Miller Creek in Lincoln Park
~ mile 27.5 - view of Miller Creek from bridge
~ mile 27.5 - crossing N 24th Ave. W - follow the signs
~ mile 28
~ mile 28.5 - crossing of Coffee Creek
~ mile 28.5
~ mile 29 - don't miss trail to left when entering Enger Park after crossing Hank Jensen Drive
~ mile 29 - heading up to Enger Park
~ mile 29.5 - the Peace Bell in Enger Park - be sure to ring it! Enger Tower can be seen directly to your right
~ mile 29.5 - view from trail
~ mile 29.5
~ mile 29.5 - crossing of Skyline Parkway - look to your right for the trail
~ mile 29.5 - ...right here!
~ mile 29.5 - just before crossing W 5th St.
~ mile 30
~ mile 30 - heading down to Bayfront Park
~ mile 30.5 - Michigan St. crossing - watch for posts and signs - you will cross pedestrian bridge in the middle distance
~mile 30.5 - crossing of Michigan St.
~ mile 30.5 - make right turn onto pedestrian overpass
~ mile 30.5 - make left turn off of pedestrian overpass...
~ mile 30.5 - ...down ramp off pedestrian overpass...
~ almost there - follow paved trail under I-35 and watch for the SHT signs
~ mile 31 - cross Railroad St. to finish at Bayfront Park in the background
mile 31 - the 50K finish and 100k start/finish at Bayfront Park