- 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
- Start & Finish At Big Elk Creek
- 95+% Single Track (zero asphalt, only a few miles of dirt road to connect you to Indian Cr.)
- 5 Drop Bag Spots (N. Indian Cr. & Little Elk AS each count as 2)
- 5 Vehicle Crew Access Spots (N. Indian Cr. & Little Elk AS each count 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.
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 3 more spots for pacer pickups and that will be mile 40 at the YMCA Camp and mile 57 & 86 at Little Elk Creek Aid Station. Drop bag locations will be at those three spots as well. 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. A headlamp is mandatory, as is a pack.
GPS Coordinates (Google Maps)
Big Elk Cr. Race Headquarters -YMCA Camp: 43.324708, -111.109324
Indian Cr. Aid Station: 43.260720, -111.065638
Little Elk Cr. Aid Station: 43.337920, -111.146697
-Be aware that Once you get off the highway you will lose cell signal.
With this being a first-year race, we do not have any hard cutoffs beyond the 40-hour finish time. We have made some calculations and have times to shoot for. These will be soft cutoffs and are for your benefit. We will give some leeway on these times but set these as your goal. If you don’t hit these times, there is no way you can finish in the 40-hour window:
YMCA Big Elk AS (Mile 40) Friday 10:00 pm
Little Elk AS (Mile 58) Saturday 6:00 am
Little Elk AS (Mile 86) Saturday 3:00 pm
Below is a grid chart for the Moose 100. Click here to go to the Google Sheet to copy/download and edit it for your own purposes.