The Canyons 100K is a double out-and-back course based in Foresthill CA with a start-finish-village at the old Foresthill Elementary School. It is run mostly on single-track. The Canyons section starting in Foresthill, heading to the Swinging Bridge and back, is run entirely along the historical Western States Trail. The Cal St. section continues on the WS Trail from Foresthill to Rucky Chuck and back.
You will start going East on Foresthill Rd, right on Bath Rd and then pick up the single track at 1.5 miles as you drop into Volcano Canyon. You will climb sharply then roll along to Michigan Bluff at mile 6.2 followed by a nearly 3 mile 1800 feet drop down El Dorado Canyon at mile 9. The biggest climb of 2500 feet is next, up past Deadwood Cemetery to the water Pump at mile 13.5. Finally passing by Devil's Thumb and plunging down the extremely steep and twisting descent of 1700 feet in 1.5 miles to the Swinging Bridge at the turn around. Head back the way you came to Foresthill.
Runners return to Foresthill Elementary School at the half way point where you continue on Foresthill Rd for less than a mile and go left on Cal St, a quick right-left on Lowe St and then cross Mosquito Ridge Rd where you pick up the single track again. A steep descent and several creek crossings bring you to Ca1 at mile 35.5. The trail rolls along above the middle fork of the American River until you hit the "elevator shaft" descent prior to Cal2 at mile 40.5. Make sure you fill up here, its almost 8 miles to Rucky Chucky and the turn around at mile 47.8 in what is likely the heat of the day. Cal Street to Rucky Chucky is the fastest 16-mile section of the WS Trail, but be sure to save some energy for the climb back to the finish, where the post-race celebrations, complete with hot grilled food and cold drinks, will be one to remember!
The 100K race will start at 5:30 am.
The 100K course will include about 15,000 feet of gain.