- 100+ Miles
- 25,000+ Vertical Ft. Elevation Gain
- 25,000+ Vertical Ft. Elevation Loss
- (50,000+ Vertical Ft. Change)
- *Prerequisites: Completed a verifiable 100k race in the previous 2 years or sub 11 hour 50 mile race and a healthy appetite for beauty and a whole lot of pain
- 1 GIANT Loop Course that is so big it covers 2 states, Start & Finish At Big Elk Creek
- 95+% Single Track (zero asphalt, only a few miles of dirt road to connect you to Indian Cr.)
- 4 Drop Bag Spots (N. Indian Cr. AS counts as 2)
- 4 Vehicle Crew Access Spots (N. Indian Cr. AS counts as 2)
- Pacers Allowed After Mile 30
- 100% Awesomeness
- Moose 100 Maps and aid station locations
This will most likely be the most difficult event you ever undertake. It is unlikely that you will run into a mean moose on the trail but you will definitely find the terrain mean and relentlessly unforgiving. With over a 100 miles (we use “100” loosely) and 25,000 ft of vertical gain, you will find this a pleasantly peaceful and yet painful experience. In the Palisades Wilderness, you will see some of the most majestic sights in the world, yet you will find that the insurmountable terrain will test you to the very core. You will see creeks in almost every canyon (crossing several), waterfalls in many and the ridge running will take your breath away. With over 20 miles of high Rocky Mountain ridge running, you will be overshadowed by the fearsome Mt. Baird for most of the course.
With a very short warm up, you will climb out of Big Elk Creek and up to Quaker Flats. Early on at Quaker Flats, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt. Baird through the trees. Throughout the course, you will have majestic views of the Palisades Reservoir, Swan Valley, Grand Tetons and other seemingly innocent sounding names. Into deep canyons you will go, chasing creeks to lakes, breezing past waterfalls and playing in the supple wildflowers.
Always looming will be Mt. Baird, until you begin your approach at mile 85. What follows after the final major aid station at Little Elk Creek trailhead is what may appear to be a cruel and twisted joke. Over the next 4 miles, you will climb over 4,000 ft. as you crawl to the high point of the race at over 10,000 ft. You will have a unique opportunity at this point to look out over several of the canyons you previously trotted in, many of the ridges you gently floated over and the expanse that lays beyond in all directions. The final descent through Austin Canyon and then Big Elk Creek will be a gentle buttery experience, a reward for battling the previous 90 miles.
We cannot stress the term “wilderness” enough. This is remote backcountry and handhelds will not cut it. Drop bags are few unless we have someone donate a helicopter to fly in your gear to most aid stations. If you want a true wilderness race experience that will tear you down to the core of who you are and what you are made of, the Moose 100 is for you.
Pacers, Crew & Drop Bags:
Moose 100 runners will have the option to pick up a pacer at Mile 30, when they hit the N. Indian Cr. Aid Station a 2nd time. There will be 2 more spots for pacer pickups and that will be mile 50 at Mosquito Cr. Aid Station and mile 85 at Little Elk Creek Aid Stations. Crew access is pretty limited and we are working with the Forest Service on the Mosquito Cr. Aid station but we know for sure that there will be vehicle crew access at Miles 9.5, 30 and 85. Drop bag locations will be at those three spots along with Mosquito Cr. at mile 50. This is definitely a wilderness race but not an orienteering one. The course is remote but it will all be on trails that are well marked. You will NEED a pack to carry food and water with you. As you can see on the Moose 100 Maps the aid stations are not close.