Crew Directions Bear 100 – 2017
Pre-Race Briefing is Thursday at 5:00 pm, before the race at Merlin Olsen park, which is located at 300 East Center St. in Logan. We will be at the south pavilion, which is near the 200 east 100 south intersection.
The meeting is at 5:00 pm. You may start checking in as early as 3:30 pm.
The Race starts at Hyrum Gibbons/Mount Logan Park, located at 1400 East 350 South in Logan.
- Go up Center Street in Logan.
- Work your way up the hill until you come to Eastridge.
- Turn right on Eastridge.
- Go to 1400 East.
- The park will be straight ahead.
With 300 runners, parking at some of the aid stations will be limited. Please limit yourself to one crew vehicle, to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your runner. This will prevent conflicts with other forest users, reduce traffic, and enhance everyone’s experience. This policy applies to the following aid stations: Right Hand Fork, Temple Fork, and Franklin Basin Road. We hope this solution to our parking woes will work well. If the 30-minute limit is not followed, and conflicts occur, we risk losing our special use permit with the Forest Service (worst case). At best we will be required to limit crew access to these aid stations outright or use a shuttle system. So be a good neighbor and take care of the Bear.
Please don’t have your crew come to all of the aid stations. Pick maybe 3 or 4, and do tell them to drive slowly and carefully. Some places are narrow and steep. We want them to arrive safely. Aid stations and directions are as follows:
Bear 100 Trail Course Directions – Logan to Bear Lake
- Start at Hyrum Gibbons/Mt Logan Park (41.728219 -111.799172)
to Aid Station #1 Logan Peak @Mile 10.5 (41.694741 -111.702498)
The race begins at Hyrum Gibbons Park, 1400 East, 350 South, in Logan, Utah. From downtown Logan (Highway 89 and Center Street), turn east at Center Street in Logan. In about a mile the road goes up a steep hill, and then curves to the left, heading north. At this point it has become Mountain Road. Continue until you reach 25 North, then turn right, heading east. Follow this road to 1400 East, and then turn right (south). The park and start area will be on your left (east) shortly after you turn. The race leaves the park to the north along 1400 East. It then turns east (right) on 25 North until it reaches pavement end at the mouth of Dry Canyon. This is a rocky dirt road, which turns into a trail about ¼ mile up. Follow this trail up the canyon about 3 miles. There will be a trail that cuts off to the right. Take it. This is the South Syncline Trail. It goes around Little Baldy and then becomes an ATV trail. There is a piped spring on this trail with a trough if you need to refill. The trail goes in and out of aspen and conifers and then, after a steep climb, reaches the first aid station, Logan Peak, at Mile 10.5.
- Aid Station #1 Logan Peak @Mile 10.5 (41.694741 -111.702498)
to Aid Station #2 Leatham Hollow @Mile 19.6 (41.643000 -111.706719)
From the aid station go south on the dirt road to Millville Pass, where you begin a gradual rocky descent toward Millville Canyon. Ferry Spring provides reliable water along this stretch. Soon you will be overlooking the gorge of Leatham Hollow as you traverse its slopes. The relief is impressive. At 15.2 miles you will see a sign for the Leatham Hollow trail on your left. Take it. Descend through the conifers on this very runnable trail all the way to the next aid station.
- Aid Station #2 Leatham Hollow @Mile 19.6 (41.643000 -111.706719)
to Aid Station #3 Richards Hollow @Mile 22.4 (41.661857 -111.663979)
Follow the dirt road up the canyon 3 miles.
- Aid Station #3 Richards Hollow @Mile 22.4 (41.661857 -111.663979)
to Aid Station #4 Cowley Canyon @Mile 29.9 (41.726685 -111.617048)
Stay on the main trail going up Richards Hollow for about 5 miles. You come to a fence, then soon the trail splits. You take a sharp right, and climb up for 6/10 of a mile to a road. Turn right and this road drops you down for 1 ½ miles to another spring on the left, in 1/3 of a mile there is a cross road, turn left and go 1/10 of a mile to aid station #4.
- Aid Station #4 Cowley Canyon @Mile 29.9 (41.726685 -111.617048)
to Aid Station #5 Right Hand Fork @Mile 36.9 (41.774911 -111.609929)
Head back 1/10 of a mile to the cross road turn left and head southeast on the dirt road. In 1/10 of a mile the road splits. Go left. Follow this road up and over a ridge for about 2 ½ miles, then take a left onto the first trail you come to (about ½ mile past the ridge). This trail takes you down Ricks Canyon. Soon a trail cuts in from the right. Stay left, and cruise down the canyon for about 3 miles, where you see the Steel Hollow trail come in from the right. Continue straight down the canyon and in a little less than a mile you come to the main canyon, and a trail split. Go left, down the canyon ½ mile to the aid station.
- Aid Station #5 Right Hand Fork @Mile 36.9 (41.774911 -111.609929)
to Aid Station #6 Temple Fork @Mile 45.2 (41.835200 -111.592798)
Go back up the canyon. Stay left at the trail junction ½ mile up and go up Willow Canyon. In 8/10 of a mile farther the main trail veers left, and then you come to a gate in another 3/10 mile. In another half mile, the trail splits. The main trail cuts right. Take the right hand trail and in 3/10 mile you see the Ephraim Trail to the right. Continue straight up the trail. In 2/3 of a mile you go right at the trail split, then a quick left at the next. Then you come to a gate. Go through the gate, leaving it the way you found it, and stay right (straight) at the next split. Soon you come to a road. Take a left onto the road and in ½ mile you reach Mud Flat. Descend down the Temple Fork road (forest road 007) for about a mile until you see a distinct trail at a sharp angle to your right. (This will be right before you hit a hairpin turn and the road begins to climb). Take the trail straight east. It will take you to a bridge (north) and a good ATV trail down to a parking lot. Leave the lot going down canyon, now on the Temple Fork road (gravel) to the aid station at the junction with Highway 89.
- Aid Station #6 Temple Fork @Mile 45.2 (41.835200 -111.592798)
to Aid Station #7 Tony Grove @Mile 51.8 (41.894910 -111.642579)
Go down the paved entrance to parking lot and cross HWY 89. In about 30 feet you will see a trail climbing the road cut southwest. Take it. This cutoff climbs around a shoulder to the Blind Hollow Trail. Begin climbing this trail northwest. At 3 ½ miles up the trail you take a right at a post in a wet meadow and head up past Hansen Pond (mud hole). Soon you come to a T with a sign. Go left. In 1.2 miles more you come to another T and a brand new sign. Follow this sign right to Tony Grove. In 7/10 of a mile, after the switchbacks through the pines, you come out in the open and cross a trail. Continue straight and soon you come to a campground. Go left up through the campground. As the paved road curves right, stay straight on a very wide trail (boulders prevent vehicle access), then veer right towards the lake. You will run along the right side of the lake on a trail over a dam, and come to the parking area and the aid station.
- Aid Station #7 Tony Grove @Mile 51.8 (41.894910 -111.642579)
to Aid Station #8 Franklin Trailhead @Mile 61.5 (41.933473 -111.570195)
Head north on the White Pine Trail. In 3/10 you come to a sign. Follow it right to White Pine. In about 2 1/4 miles you come to a ridge, and then drop down into White Pine Canyon. In about a mile you come to a bridge. Shortly after the bridge you take a right, heading down the canyon. In a little over 3 miles you come to a trail split. Turn left, crossing a stream, and ascend north to a pass full of Mules Ear daisies. Cattle braid the trail in this area, but the trails rejoin after the meadow. Run downhill to the north through a very large field of Mules Ear, and then through some aspen. Soon you will reach a beaver pond—go left to a plank bridge. You have arrived at the aid station.
- Aid Station #8 Franklin Trailhead @Mile 61.5 (41.933473 -111.570195)
to Aid Station #9 Logan River / Steep Hollow @Mile 69.6 (41.960564 -111.591511)
Head north out of the aid station on a dirt road. Soon you will reach a trail, which splits after about 100 yards to the left. Go left. You will soon cross the stream and go into the trees. After about 0.3 miles the trail meets up with a better trail at a T. Go right. You are now on the Steam Mill trail. The next mile is steep and rocky. Then the trail moderates as it goes to the north side of the ridge in big conifers. The trail crosses to the north side of the stream and follows the stream. In 3.6 miles out of the aid station you reach a fainter trail coming in at 120 degrees from the northeast. Look for it; it is 100 yards before the main trail crosses the stream. (If you cross the stream and see the old rusty steam mill boiler, you have gone too far). Take this trail NE until it reaches a pass and heads N through sage and underbrush. The trail goes into conifers above a sink and skirts the sink. Bowl and ridge, bowl and ridge, you move N. At one point the trail splits—take the upper split. If you miss this, do not panic. You will soon reach a lone conifer, and if you are below it you will hit a T. Go up. In 30 feet you will catch the upper split you should have taken. Continue N until you reach the Steep Hollow road. Turn right, down this road, to the Franklin Basin road. Then turn right down this road 0.8 miles to the Logan River Aid Station.
- Aid Station #9 Logan River / Steep Hollow @Mile 69.6 (41.960564 -111.591511)
to Aid Station #10 Beaver Mt Lodge @Mile 75.9 (41.968073 -111.541259)
From the aid station cross the river. It’s easier during the race than in July—you might even keep your feet dry. Follow the Peterson Hollow trail to a point about 2.6 miles from the aid station. Look right. You will see a very wide drainage coming in from your right, sage on the south face, conifers on the north. This is your destination. A very good trail follows the bottom of the drainage, but the junction is very faint. Bear for the drainage bottom and the trail will become apparent. Go over a distinct pass and descend the trail, skirting to the north of Beaver Mt ski area and Long Hollow. About 100 yards before reaching the Sink Hollow road and the TH, turn right on a cutoff trail through the woods to the Beaver Mt access road. Take the road to the lodge, south of the lower parking lot.
- Aid Station #10 Beaver Mt Lodge @Mile 75.9 (41.968073 -111.541259)
to Aid Station #11 Gibson Basin @Mile 81.3 (42.027192 -111.555261)
Leave the Beaver Mt Lodge area and head east on an ATV road. This will eventually parallel a paved access road going north (not the same one you came in on), and then will intersect that road. Cross the pavement to the Sink Hollow road (4WD, then an ATV trail). In a couple miles you come to the Utah/Idaho border. Celebrate if you wish or if you like beer. In another 2 or more miles you come to Gibson Basin and the aid station.
- Aid Station #11 Gibson Basin @Mile 81.3 (42.027192 -111.555261)
to Aid Station #12 Beaver Creek Campground @Mile 85.4 (42.021804 -111.529070)
Run along the right side of the Basin for over a mile, then take a right onto a trail that cuts up and into the trees in a southeasterly direction. You are in the mouth of the Bear! Try not to die as the trail swings south and goes up a steep hill. Once over the top of the hill it is mostly downhill to the next aid station, partly on smooth trail, and partly on rocky trail. Step lightly on the bears’ teeth (rocks) and you just might survive. After the trail swings to the east you come to Beaver Creek and the aid station.
- Aid Station #12 Beaver Creek Campground @Mile 85.4 (42.021804 -111.529070)
to Aid Station #13 Ranger Dip Trail @Mile 92.3 (42.007279 -111.488889)
Head east on the dirt road for about 2 miles, then take a right onto a trail that cuts back up to the top of the ridge. Stay on the main trail and in a couple miles you will get your first glimpse of Bear Lake, off to the left. You will also see Beaver Mountain Ski Resort to the south, plus White Pine canyon and Logan Peak—everything you just ran through (if it’s daylight). In a couple more miles you are in the open sagebrush, and you will come to a road. Go left, heading east. Listen for bugling elk. You climb up over a hill and drop down to see the Fish Haven Trail take off to the left. You will not take this trail! You will veer right on the road and in about a mile come to the aid station.
- Aid Station #13 Ranger Dip Trail @Mile 92.3 (42.007279 -111.488889)
to Finish Line Fish Haven@Mile 99.5 (42.038833 -111.375167)
You follow the Ranger dip trail for about 5 miles as it takes you up probably the steepest hill of the race, Ranger Dip Liftoff, to a nice windy trail for a while on top of the hill. You head northeast for a while, getting better and better glimpses of Bear Lake. Then you drop down, quite steeply, to the east toward Bear Lake. About 2 miles from the finish you come to a road. Head east down this road for a mile or so, then take a left onto the highway around Bear Lake. There is a trail that parallels the road on the west side. Run along the trail until it ends, then soon you will pass Gladys’ Place. At Gladys’ Place carefully cross the highway, then cross over to the east side of the road heading north. About one hundred yards north of Gladys’ Place you will come across a white fence on the East side of the highway. At the north end of the white fence, turn right into the pathway next to the lawn area and head to the finish line.
- Finish Line Fish Haven on Bear Lake @Mile 99.5 (42.038833 -111.375167)
You have finished the Bear 100! Relax and on Saturday afternoon enjoy the food provided at the finish line area.