Packed clay ridges on the South edge of Little Valley
Summer 2022, Middle Spinal Tap was newly constructed and was still soft. After two winters of settling, it will be nicely packed.
After years of engineering, permitting, and construction, the Spinal Tap trail was completed September 2022. Come experience the innaugural running of this amazing new route in 2024.
This race will descend 4650 feet / meters just on the 18 miles of the Spinal Tap Trail as the signature center of this new, challenging, 50 mile race!
Total Distance: 50.1 miles / 80.6 km
Total Vert: 8510 feet / 2594 meters
Start: 5:00 am (beat the heat for much of the climbing)
End: 9:00 pm (18 hours final cut-off)
7 Aid Stations (with a good spread of options), and 3 other self-serve water drops
Personal hydration / Camelback required of all runners. The course map MUST be loaded before race-day onto a phone or other mapping device, as much of the climb to White Pine Peak (miles 10 to 21) will be minimally marked. Note, route navigation has always been a key skill for Crimson Canyon runners.
Miles 1- 6 climb Ken's Canyon and Trail 51 on Table Mountain loop of the 50km Crimson Canyons Ultra.
Miles 6-15 Climb to White Pine Peak via a cow trail along a stream and up a wide ridge.
Miles 16-34 Descend to and then down Spinal Tap Trail
Miles 34-50 The Dairy Canyon loop, shared with 25k runners
The Spinal Tap downhill trail starts on top of the Pahvant Range with open meadows and Aspen forests. The lower part of the trail has some unique slick rock sections.
Miles 1-2: Canal road and under the freeway on dry wash
Miles 2-4: Up Ken's Canyon
Miles 4-6: Up Trail 105
Miles 6-15: Willow Creek (South Fork) on cow trails adjacent the tiny stream, then connect via cow trail to the White Pine Peak Trail on a broad ridge. Continue on up to the summit of White Pine Peak. One mile on mountain road back down to the start of the Spinal Tap Trail.
Miles 16 - 34: Descend the Spinal Trap Trail!
Miles 34-36: Run up the slot-like Dairy Canyon
Miles 36-42: Run out Flat Canyon, loop through the majestic Cathedral Canyon, then back up Flat Canyon.
Miles 42-45: Up Trail #84 to Little Valley Overlook Aid Station
Miles 45-50: Pahvant Mountain Bike Trails down (One-in-a-Pinion, Faulty, Cairn-Age, & Big Red trails)
HERE is a YouTube video of the first full descent of the Spinal Tap trail the week it was completed by some of the mountain bike trail construction committee members.
Lower Spinal Tap (the bottom 4 miles), which has a good amount of slick rock, has been touted the past several years since it opened, as one of the greatest bike trails ever created in Utah. Drone video of a bike ride of Lower Spinal Tap here. Come experience the full trail on foot in The Spinal Tap 50 Miler!