The Swan Crest 100 will take runners north from the town of Swan Lake along the crest of the Swan Range, ending in the town of Columbia Falls. You will be running through the Flathead National Forest , crossing sections of the Swan Lake, Spotted Bear and Hungry Horse ranger districts. The run is a point-to-point and consists of 90% single track, 6% dirt roads and the rest just a wee bit of pavement. There is no flagging along the single track sections along the trails that follow the Swan Crest. Critical trail junctions along the course will be marked. Just to reiterate: Only will trail junctions be marked, there will be marking at the junction and for roughly 100 yrds markings will continue on the correct course trail. If you go through a junction and you do not see any course markings you are going the wrong way. If in doubt back track, look for course markings use your map and consult your noggin. The trails along the Swan Crest are in good shape, are regularly used and well signed. This is where you need to be efficient with your map reading skills and feel comfortable in a remote back country setting. If you have a tendency to get lost or take wrong turns, for some the trail sections will be run in the night, this is something to consider when deciding to partake in this run. The Swan Range is home to a healthy population of GRIZZLY bears, so if you have any bear phobias, this is something to consider. The run will finish at the Columbia Mountain Cabins, where there will be hot showers, dinner and awards.
Local time: 8:45 AM