The Resurrection Pass 50 and 100 mile trail races are low key, relatively self-supported running races on a US Forest Service trail between Hope on the north and Cooper Landing on the south on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The Resurrection Pass Trail was part of a route used by early gold miners to get from Resurrection Bay near Seward, AK, to mining claims along Turnagain Arm. The trail is now a National Recreation Trail maintained by the USFS.
Begins at Coeur d'Alene Campground, and heads south very briefly, then turns north along the smooth gravel Palmer Creek Road, descends about 1400 ft over 8mi to Resurrection Road, turns a little west then south 4 mi to the Hope trailhead (12mi of gravel road). There is a small aid station with your drop bags where you can pick up your supplies for the next 38 miles along the Resurrection Pass Trail. There are no road crossings, and you will be on your own, getting water as needed from the streams (most people treat the stream water - lots of wildlife in the area). After an incredible journey, partly through the night, you'll arrive to the friendly greetings of the major aid station at 50 miles at the Cooper Landing trailhead. After you're warmed, have chowed down on food and beverages provided at the aid station, and resupplied your own gear, then you head back out into the dark for the return journey - 38mi by trail, 4mi mostly north and a little east by gravel road, then 4mi up the 1400-ft hill of Palmer Creek Road, then 4mi back down to the finish at Hope School and finish line camaraderie.
Begins at Cooper Land Trailhead, traverses 38mi to Hope trailhead where there's an aid station where you can pick up your own supplies or get supplies from aid station. Then the 12 mi of gravel road to the finish.
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