September 27th-28th, 2014. 100 Mile Ultra, 2-, 4-, 6-, & 8-person Relay.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Course Preview: Miles 59-80

Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100 Mile Ultra & Relay Course Preview
Miles 59 to 80:  Moqui Stage Station to Hull Cabin

Where we left off last time:  The Moqui Stage Station Aid Station (mile 59).

The Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach and how folks traveled to the Canyon along this route.  A rough, dusty, and bumpy ride.

Replacing the old directional signs at Moqui and the Arizona Trail.  
The old sign before...

...and after with the new, more visible sign in place.

Clearing downed trees from the course and the Arizona Trail.

...and after.

Heading north on the Arizona Trail from Moqui.

One encounters grazing implements...

...and a few gates.

Russell Tank: Mile 68 and site of an aid station and relay exchange.

Leaving Russell Tank and headed still further north.

As we near the Coconino Rim the trees increase in height and girth.

A sign welcoming runners to the Coconino Rim section of the course.

Along this section runners will catch glimpses of the Grand Canyon Rim and the Painted Desert to the east.

At mile 78, runners intersect Forest Service Road 307.  They'll do a 4-mile out-and-back on this dirt road to the Hull Cabin Aid Station.

Hull Cabin (mile 80).  The site of an aid station and relay exchange.

The barn at Hull Cabin.

Trail Advocacy
Doing our part to keep the Arizona Trail and the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 Mile course fit.

Replacing old signs that have fallen into disrepair...

Digging new post holes.

Mixing cement in the backcountry.

Erecting the new sign (which was made by volunteers) in place of the aged sign above.

Thanks for all your help everyone!  From left to right:  Ketih Rusin, Emily Harrison, Shawn Redfield, Joel Axler, Scott Bajer, Ian Torrence, Rob Decot, and Tom Coulson (taking the photo).

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Course Preview Miles 20-59

We find ourselves where we left off in the last blog.  Mile 20:  Kelly Tank.  The site of the first relay exchange.

The Arizona Trail reenters the ponderosa forest and then begins a 13-mile long, 1,400' gentle descent to Cedar Ranch.

Soft forested single track en route.

Leaving the pine forests behind and descending towards the juniper grasslands indicative of northern Arizona (~mile 28).

Looking back and south towards the San Francisco Peaks (~mile 30).

The Arizona Trail trailhead at Cedar Ranch. (mile 33.5).

A view north across Babbitt Ranches from Cedar Ranch. (photo by Fred Gaudet).

Welcome to Babbitt Ranch. (photo by Neil Weintraub)

The wide open expanses offered by Babbitt Ranches. (photo by Larry Simkins)

Passing by the occasional cinder cone. (photo by Larry Simkins)

An Arizona Trail marker in Babbitt Ranch.

As you pass through Babbitt Ranches, you'll catch site of horses... (photo by Fred Gaudet)

...both mama cow and calf...

...dada cow...

...and pronghorn.

A typical ranch watering hole:  Lockwood Tank (~mile 51).

The Babbitt Ranches-Kaibab National Forest Boundary aid station location. (~mile 53).  Here the Arizona Trail leaves the dirt roads it traversed through Babbitt Ranch and returns to forested single-track.

Passing thorough more frequent pinion-juniper stands on the way to Moqui Stage Station.

Moqui Stage Station aid station, mile 59.

The old well at Moqui. (photo by Fred Gaudet) impromptu "aid station?"

Stay tuned for Miles 58 to 81...coming soon.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Course Preview: Miles 0-20

Hotshots Ranch.

The start line at Hotshots Ranch.

~Mile 3, beginning the climb to Aspen Corners on the Arizona Trail.

~Mile 4:  On the AZ Trail, half-way up the first and longest climb on the course.

~Mile 5.5, just below Aspen Corners (leaving the AZ Trail) near Alfa Fia Tank.

~Mile 6.  Descending to FR 151.

Forest Rd 151, mile 7

Forest Road 151, nearing Hart Prairie Perserve.

Hart Prairie Lodge (photo by Rick Braveheart):  Mile 8 and location of the first aid station.

The turn from FR 151 to FR 627 to Bismark Lake and back to the AZ Trail. (~mile 10) 

Bismark Lake and the Peaks, ~mile 12 (photo by Peter Coskun)

Aspens and the AZ Trail (~mile 15)

AZ Trail at the crossing with FR 418 (~mile 16)

~Mile 19 on the Arizona Trail.

Kelly Tank (mile 20) from the AZ Trail looking north.

Kelly Tank (mile 20) looking south towards the Peaks.