Aid Stations

All runners must finish the race by 6:00 PM, Saturday, September 26, 2020 to receive the finisher award.

All aid stations will have water and a diluted Sports Drink. Most will have some kind of fruit, salty food, cookies, or soup, etc. If you have any specialty food or beverage needs, they should be placed in your drop bags or provided by your crew. Most aid stations can be accessed via 2- wheel drive cars. There is some driving on rough dirt roads, so be careful. There is limited at most aid stations, so try to time your arrival shortly before your runner will come in. If you go to Tony Grove Lake, there is a $10.00 parking fee, but not at the aid station. Aid stations and cut-offs are as follows:

Name
Miles
Latitude
Longitude
Elevation
Cut Off
(Local Time)
Drop Bags
Crew
Start
41.728219
111.799172
Logan Peak
10.52
41.694741
111.702498
8538
N
N
Leatham Hollow
19.66
41.643000
111.706719
5140
Y
N
Richards Hollow
22.5
41.661857
111.663979
5430
Y
N
Cowley Canyon
29.98
41.726685
111.617048
6741
Y
N
Right Hand Fork
36.92
41.774911
111.609929
5551
Y
N
Temple Fork
45.15
41.835200
111.592798
5837
Y
N
Tony Grove
51.84
41.894910
111.642579
8075
1 am
Y
Y
Franklin Trailhead
61.48
41.933473
111.570195
6717
5 am
Y
N
Logan River/Steep
68.6
41.96878
111.59678
7280
9 am
Y
N
Beaver Mt Lodge
75.9
41.968073
111.541259
11:00 am
Y
Y
Gibson Basin
83.81
42.027192
111.555261
12:45 pm
N
N
Beaver Creek Campground
85.4
42.021804
111.529070
2:15 pm
Y
N
Ranger Dip
92.2
42.007279
111.488889
8431
4:15 pm
Y
Y
Finish
99.7
5962
6 pm
Y

Detailed Running Directions

Start to Checkpoint #1, Logan Peak (10.5)

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. 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 10.4.

Checkpoint #1, Logan Peak (10.5) to Checkpoint #2, Leatham Hollow (19.6)

From the aid station go south on the dirt road to Millville Pass, where you begin a gradual rocky descent toward Milliville 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.

Leatham Hollow (19.6) to Richards Hollow (22.4)

Follow the dirt road up the canyon 3 miles.

Richards Hollow (22.4) to Cowley Canyon (29.9)

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,  just 1/3 of a mile before a shallow pass at the top of Cowley Canyon. Turn left and the aid station is 1/10 of a mile down the road.

Cowley Canyon (29.9) to Right Fork (36.9)

Leave the aid station and go back up the hill 1/10 of a mile.  At the shallow pass head southeast on a 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 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.

Right Fork (36.9) to Temple Fork (45.2)

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, then you come to a gate in another 3/10. In another half mile there is a trail split. The main trail cuts right. Take it and in 3/10 of a 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 downcanyon, now on the Temple Fork road (gravel) to the aid station at the junction with Highway 89.

Temple Fork (45.2) to Tony Grove (51.8)

Continue past the aid station on parking lot entrance road and carefully (!) cross HWY 89. About 10 yards to your left you will see a trail climbing the embankment southwest. Take it. This cutoff climbs around a shoulder to the Blind Hollow Trail. Begin climbing this trail northwest. 3 1/2 miles up the trail you take a right at a post in a wet meadow and head up past Hansen Pond (mudhole). Soon you come to a T at a dirt road. Go left. In 1 mile watch for a sign and a trail to the right, where you’ll leave the road for singletrack to Tony Grove. Passing through a gate you’ll switchback down through the pines for 1 mile before looking for a lesser singletrack that leaves the main trail down to the right. Take it. In a 1/4 mile you’ll arrive at the aid station in the backcountry parking lot.

Tony Grove (51.8) to Franklin Trailhead (61.5)

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, 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, down, crossing a stream, and ascend north, up, to a pass full of Mules Ear daisies. Cattle braid the trail in this area, but the trails rejoin after the meadow. This area will be heavily marked, but there may be more than one path between markings with all the braids. Run downhill to the north through a very large field of Mules Ear, and then through some aspen. You will run down hill through some trees. Just before the stream you will turn right through some aspens until you hit a gravel road.  Turn left and the aid station is in 100 yards

Franklin Trailhead (61.5) to Logan River (68.8)

Head north out of the aid station on a dirt road. Soon you will reach a trail, which splits after leaving the undeveloped camp sites in about 100 yards. Go left. You will soon cross the stream and go toward some trees. You will encounter a T with a trail of use. Bear left, up and 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. 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’s 100 yards before the main trail crosses the stream. This trail will be well marked on race day, BUT IS EXTREMELY HARD TO SEE. PAY ATTENTION!! (If you cross the stream from right to left 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. Continue N until you reach the Steep Hollow road. Turn right, down this road, to the Franklin Basin road.

Logan River (68.8) to Beaver Mt Yurt (75.9)

Leave the aid station and run down to the river crossing. The river crossing is 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 river crossing. This trail is heavily braided by cattle; there may be more than one correct way to go. This area will be well marked, but be assured that the braids converge and reconverge; all ways lead to where you want to go. At 2.6 miles from the river, 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 a rocky and steep trail, skirting to the N of Beaver Mt ski area and Long Hollow. About 200 yards before reaching the Sink Hollow road and the TH, turn right on a what will be a very well-marked cutoff trail through the woods to the paved Beaver Mt access road. If you reach a dirt road, YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR, EVEN IF YOU SEE MARKINGS. THOSE MARKINGS ARE TO GO UP SINK HOLLOW AFTER YOU LEAVE BEAVER MOUNTAIN. After reaching the paved Beaver Mountain access road, run up the road a few hundred yards until you reach a dirt road to your right. Take the road, which will climb to the yurt and the aid station to the lodge, north of and above the lower parking lot.

Beaver Mt Yurt (75.9) to Gibson Basin (81.3)

Leave the Beaver Mountain aid station and go towards the ski lift, then to the left of the ski lodge right next to a parking lot. Go towards a power pole then drop down a hill towards Little Beaver ski lift. Follow the drainage down about ⅓ of a mile and make a hard left. Stay on the left side of the meadow and follow the markings. You will cross a paved road onto a dirt road. In just 2 tenths of a mile a road is on your left, this is sink hollow trail. Follow this trail for 4 miles to the Gibson basin aid station.

Gibson Basin (81.3) to Beaver Creek CG (85.6)

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.

Beaver Creek CG (85.6) to Ranger Dip Trail (92.5)

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.

Ranger Dip Trail (92.5) to Bear Lake (99.7)

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. You will pass a water tank on the ridge crest, [turn left] and then head down through maples into Fish Haven Canyon. You will pass a water tank on the ridge crest, and then head down through maples into Fish Haven Canyon. Cross the stream at the bridge (so you don’t get wet), then head east [turn right] down the gravel Fish Haven road for a mile or so to the new finish line. Then, take a left onto the highway that parallels the shore of Bear Lake. Carefully cross the highway, then cross over to the east side of the highway heading north. In about one hundred yards you will come across a white fence. Turn right into the lawn area and you have finished The Bear! (New Finish for 2020) The finish line this year is at Vern’s Creekside Retreat at 223 Fish Haven Canyon Road.  It is on your right as you run down Fish Haven Canyon Road heading towards Bear Lake.  It is about .25 miles before reaching HWY 89.