We will Start and Finish at Pete Creek Trailhead and Dispersed Campground.

Google Maps Link to the Start: https://goo.gl/maps/wgdAbYgEkeh5Ljwi8

Directions are pretty simple.  From the west end of McCall, turn north onto Warren Wagon Road and drive 28.2 miles on the paved road.  Just before Warren Wagon Road turns to dirt, turn left on Forest Road #246 (AKA Burgdorf Road).  Drive the dirt road 4.1 miles to the Pete Creek Trailhead on your left.  This road is part of the race course, so please NO DUST and drive carefully.  Follow our directions for parking.  If cars are parking out on the Burgdorf Road, tuck in tight to the RIGHT/EAST shoulder and park. Watch for trafffic.  Walk into the Campground access road towards the back where we will start the race.  The free/dispersed campground is open to other campers and user groups, so please be respectful if you are starting at 8AM for the 50K.  For the 9AM 30K start, the sun will be high and most people awake.  



GPX FILES: GPX mapping files will be available on our Facebook Group Pages for IMTUF100 and McCall Trailrunning Classic- both under the FILES Tab at the top of the main pages.  You may need a laptop/desktop to access these, as some people can't see these tabs on their mobile Facebook Apps.

5/17/24- awaiting final approval from the US Forest on one final detail to post GPX Files.

Proposed 2024 30K and 50K Courses, pending USFS Permit approval and Crystal Mountain (Hemphill Brothers Private Property).  Click map for more detail.

30K Elevation Profile

50K Elevation Profile.  This mapping program generally inflates vertical gain.
Actual climbing is around 6000'.

30K Walkthrough (and Opening 15 Miles of 50K)

Begin at the far end of the Pete Creek (AKA 3 Mile) Dispersed Campground.  Head WEST to the Pete Creek Trailhead and enter a meadow and soon after, cross Lake Creek.  Since 2023, this bridge crossing has been an issue and we aim to have the bridge rebuilt ASAP and a permanent bridge in place.  For now, there is a temporary crossing, using the remnants of the old bridge.  Continue along the meadowy trail, soon entering the forest and begin the climb.  The first few miles are fairly gradual and begin to really get steeper at around 4 miles.  We have traditionally placed an unmanned water station in this area around 7600' elevation. At Mile 4.75, reach a junction with the Bear Pete Trail #142 and go LEFT/SOUTH.  The Bear Pete Trail stays at high elevation, above 8000', and rolls up and down near the ridge crest of the long Bear Pete Mountain massif.  At about the 6 mile mark, reach a not obvious 4 way junction.  To your right is a signed trail for North Creek (aka Klip Creek)- this is the wrong way.  From this junction, you will go LEFT on an obscure ancient lookout caretaker's trail to the top of the Bear Pete Mountain 8752'.  We use the trail where it still exists and opt for pleasant open country running/hiking where the trail disappears.  The climb is just over 0.5mi and 500' climb to the top.  Tag the top, being careful with the cliffy faces below the trail and return to the 4 way junction the way you came up.  Once you are back at the 4 Way Junction (approx mile 7), go LEFT/SOUTH and continue along the Bear Pete Trail. It continues rolling along above 8000' a few more miles.  At Mile 9, leave the main trail for a less obvious RIGHT TURN into the Frosty Meadows area.  Descend briefly and cross a beautiful and lush meadow with a small creek at its bottom, then climb out the opposite side. At Mile 9.5, the Frosty Meadows Trail re-enters open country at a ridge top and re-joins the main Bear Pete Trail.  The race course makes a HARD LEFT here and heads EAST.  DO NOT CONTINUE SOUTH on the Bear Pete Trail.  The Trail descends sharply for 0.25 mile, crosses a small meadow and reaches a signed junction with the Nethker Creek Trail- GO RIGHT/EAST and descend the Nethker Creek drainage.  At Mile 10.25 and 7500' elevation, cross a nice spring on your left that is a good place to drink.  We will likely have water jugs here as an unmanned water drop.  Continue descending a short distance, then climb a 100' roller, then Nethker continues dropping all the way to the trailhead.  The Nethker Creek Trailhead is reached at 13.5 miles at an elevation of 6250'.  We will have a manned aid station here, The Nethker Creek Aid Station.  Some warm forest road running is coming your way, so fill your bottles and fuel up.  Continue descending the Netheker Creek Road #248, then veer LEFT onto Forest Road #251, which keeps decscending more gradually.  Pass through US Forest Service Burgdorf Campground (NOT THE HOTSPRINGS, DIFFERENT PLACE) and reach the French Creek Road #246.  Go LEFT on the French Creek Road and soon pass Burgdorf Hotsprings on your right.  Continue up the road just a few hundred yards and see Jeanette Creek Campground on your right, about Mile 15.  

This is where the 30K and 50K courses diverge...

...30K runners continue on the French Creek Road 2+ miles and turn LEFT into the Pete Creek Campground and run the camp access road to its end and the finsih line.  Expect most watches to read a bit short, closer to 29K than 30K.

...50K runners read on...

50K Walkthrough

Read the above 30K description to its end, then we diverge from that route on the French Creek Road #246 at Jeanette Creek Campground.  The 30K stays on the French Creek Road back to the finish, the 50K goes RIGHT into the US Forest Service pay campground and runs to the back of the camp road at the Trailhead for Jeanette Creek Trail #140.  Begin climbing.  At 6600' elevation, turn RIGHT onto the dirt Crystal Mountain Road #247.  This begins a 0.5mi/400' out and back to climb Crystal Mountain 7000'.  You will enter private mining claim property near the peak, so follow the markings carefully and DO NOT STRAY ONTO THE CLIFFS.  Crystal Mountain is an amazing peak of gleaming quartz and we are thankful that the Hemphill Brothers out of Washington allow our passage here. Tread lightly. Reach the top of our climb at Mile 16.5.  Descend back down to the junction with the Jeanette Creek Trail, go RIGHT and continue ascending.  Around Mile 19, pass through a short recent burned area.  At Mile 20, reach 8000' elevation and pop into a scenic open country vista and the trail widens.  The climb appears to be conquered, but it will hit you with a few severe, heartbreaking false summits over the next 2+ miles.  At Mile 23, reach the Marshall Meadow Aid Station at the top of Jeanette Creek Trail junction with Forest Road #325.  

The course turns LEFT on Road #325, a high altitude and very scenic jeep road. You will be on this road for 1.6 miles.  Road 325 intially descends, then gains some of it back.  At mile 24.6, go LEFT on Willow Creek Trail #136.  Willow Creek is a double track trail with decent footing throughout.  It drops gradually at first, then at Mile 26, it does some tight switchbacks and drops about 800' quickly to bring you down to creek level, where the descent is gradual again.  At Mile 28, cross Willow Creek on a bridge and the trail transitions to a forest road and continues descending another 2 miles to reach the dirt French Creek Road #246 at Mile 30.  Turn LEFT on the main road and go 1.3 miles and turn RIGHT into the Pete Creek Campground road and run the access road back to the FINISH where you started.

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