Race Description:
Total Distance: 50.7 miles / 81.6 km
Total Vert: 8587 feet / 2716 meters

Start: 4:00 am (beat the heat for much of the climbing)
End: 9:00 pm (17 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. A personal water filter is encouraged for this section as well.  Note, route navigation is a key skill for runners in this section - this is why we are branding this race different than the Crimson Canyons Ultra races, which are very well marked.  

Packed clay ridges on the South edge of Little Valley

Summer 2022, Middle Spinal Tap was newly constructed and was still soft.  After a winter of settling, it should be nicely packed.

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After years of engineering, permitting, and construction, the Spinal Tap trail was completed September 2022!  Come experience a descent of  4650 feet / meters on the Spinal Tap Trail as the signature center of this new, challenging, 50 mile race! The inaugural race is on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  Sign up at UltraSignup:

Routing Details

Miles 1- 10 will share part of the Table Mountain loop of the 50km Crimson Canyons Ultra.
Miles 11-38 will be unique to the 50 miler.
Miles 39-50 will share most of the Dairy Canyon loop of the 50km race as well.

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.

Approximate Distances
Miles 1-6: Canal road to the Rifle Range
Miles 6-10: Up and then partially down Table Mountain
Miles 10-12: Up Trail 105
Miles 12-16: Willow Creek (South Fork) on cow trails adjacent the tiny stream which should‚Äč run year round
Miles 16-20: Ridgeline climb
Miles 20-21: Final summit climb to White Pine Peak and back down
Miles 21-39: Spinal Tap Trail descent
Miles 39-42: Dairy Canyon ascent
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)

Note: miles 1 to 10, and miles 39 to 50 will travel the same trails and markings at the Crimson Canyons Ultra 50km route.

HERE is a YouTube video of the first full descent of the Spinal Tap trail the week it was completed by some of the 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!