Saturday, Jun 15, 2024

Rose Canyon Ultra

Butterfield Canyon Rd

Herriman, UT 50k, 30k

This Event Took Place Sat. Jun 15, 2024

Why Sign Up For This Race?

Beautiful course, free breakfast, good company, race photos, custom locally made finisher medal and awards, friendly competition, and a performance t-shirt you will actually want to wear when running. What more could you want? Really if you can think of something let us know and we will try to get it!

The Rose Canyon Ultra uses the best trails in the Rose, Butterfield, and Yellow Fork Canyon areas. This rugged and beautiful area will leave you wanting to come back over and over.This race starts at the new Butterfield Trailhead Regional Park. Amazing area nestled right at the base of Butterfield Canyon with Kennecott Mine overlooking the area. This course is stunning. From the gnarly ridges to the smooth single track trails winding through beautiful meadows and amazing dense foliage. We believe this race will become a must do for every Ultra Runner.

You will take in amazing scenery from densely wooded areas to stunning ridges offering impressive vistas of the surrounding mountains. This is a rugged yet incredibly beautiful trail race ranging from perfectly smooth single track trails to steep rocky climbs and that will push you to your limits.

At the end of it all we believe you will love this race and all of its diversity. Our only regret is we can't be out there running it with you. Be sure to check out the photos and course map on our website to see in detail how beautiful this course really is!

We recommend viewing our website for more information including course map and details as well as other races we offer! www.happytrailsrace.com

General

Race
June 7th 2025
Starts and finishes at the Butterfield Canyon Trailhead 8307 Herriman Hwy, Herriman, UT 84096

50m will start 5:00 am
Registration - $130/$145/$160

50k will start 5:45 am
Registration - $90/$100/$110

30k will start 6:30 am
Registration $65/$75/$85

Packet pickup
Friday 3 pm to 6 pm at the Sandy Salt Lake Running Store 8946 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070.

Race day pickup starts at 4:15 am*
*We strongly recommend getting your bib the day before to avoid lines in the morning (especially 50 miler and 50k). You already have enough to worry about in the morning, get your bib the day before! You can have a friend or family member pick this up for you as well

We recommend all runners arrive at least 45 minutes early to ensure a stress free and smooth start. Pre-race announcement 15 minutes before each start time.

Swag
Runners will receive a high quality race shirt and a custom locally made finishers medal.

Post Race Breakfast and Lunch
Great Harvest Bread will have cinnamon rolls, cookies, and pumpkin chocolate chip bread! We will also have chocolate milk, orange juice, and bananas.

For lunch we will pick up some pizza and soda for all you runners out there still enjoying the course. Also the race director, if he doesn't eat every 3 hours he gets cranky.

Awards
Overall male and female will receive a custom locally made plaque for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Salt Lake Running Company will provide 1st place with gift cards as well!

Age Division medals will also be handed out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in these age groups: >20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Free Photos
Xotio Media will be taking photos. Photos will be hosted on their website providing easy access for downloads using bib recognition. We will NOT put a logo or watermark on your picture. Instead of ruining your picture with our logo we would rather rely on you telling your friends and family about our races!

Finish Line
Awards ceremony will be held when we have our winners. Revive Sport & Spine will be there to help with your aches and pains post race, Dr. Reheisse is amazing! We will also have a Photo backdrop for pictures with friends.

Pacers and Drop Bags
Pacers and drop bags are allowed for the 50 miler only beginning at the Yellow Fork Trailhead aid stations. This is aid station 4, 5, and 6. Miles 31.8, 37.6, and 42.4.

Parking
Free parking and lots of it.

Volunteers
These events are not possible without help! To show our appreciation all volunteers will receive a $65 credit for any future Happy Trails race. Expires after one year. In addition volunteers will have access to food at the finish line area.Click here for more info!

Late Registration
Begins May 7th and closes June 6th at 11:59 pm

We cannot guarantee all participants registering after May 7th will be able to order a shirt. We will order extra to do our best to accommodate late registration. If we do not have your size or you do not want a shirt you can use code NOSHIRT at checkout for $10 off registration.

Same Day Registration
Not available. Registration will close Friday night at 11:59 pm

Weather
Average high is 80*F and average low is 56*F in June for this area and time. This is why we start early!

50 Miler

Start to Aid 1 - 11.2 miles +3,714/-1,340 ft
This first section is the longest and most gnarly. All the more reason to get it done first on fresh legs and in the cool morning. You will go from smooth single track to a steep and rocky ridge. After following this ridge and descending back into the canyon will be one of the most scenic sections of the course. After this you hit another ridge followed by some dirt road running. You will then descend down some steep and rocky fire road to where you meet up with single track that will take you all the way to Aid Station 1.

Aid 1 to Aid 2 - 7.1 miles +2,107/-2,107 ft
This section is the wild child. You will climb up a steep and beautiful trail to the top of Butterfield Peak where you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the area. From here you follow the ridge and down some incredibly beautiful single track trails winding through the canyon. You will have a couple stream crossings that can be done while keeping your feet dry but we can't guarantee it. You will have to use the rocks and logs if you want to keep your feet dry. Once you leave the canyon you will follow a smooth single track trail back to Aid Station 2.

Aid 2 to Aid 3 - 5.0 miles +1,191/-1,191 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 3 is 1:00 pm*

This section may appear dull due to being 100% dirt road but you will be rewarded with great views on your way up to the turn around. At the turn around you will be reward to the best view of all. You will be able to peer into the largest man made mine in the world. It is a beautiful view and also saddening at the same time when you realize a mountain once stood in its place. Take a few minutes for this view, it is worth it.

Aid 3 to Aid 4 - 8.8 miles +889/-2,959 ft
**Drop bag, pacer, and crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

This section is nice and mellow minus one little patch of rocky steep dirt road. After the steep rocky climb you have miles of downhill dirt road running. After this you will be rewarded with a beautiful section of single track that will take you to Aid 4. Welcome to the Yellow Fork party!

Aid 4 to Aid 5 - 5.9 miles +1,206/-1,206 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 5 is 5:30 pm*
**Drop bag, pacer, and crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

Hands down the most scenic section of the course overall. You will be amazed at the varying views you encounter during this loop. There is one big climb that offers great scenery the entire climb up.

Aid 5 to Aid 6 - 4.8 miles +837/-837 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 6 is 7:30 pm*
**Drop bag, pacer, and crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

You start your way up a dirt road with unmatched scenery for a road. You will climb up one last time to the ridges only to drop back down on the incredible single track trails. Enjoy them while you can because you will leave for the finish line after upon reaching the aid station again.

Aid 6 to Finish - 7.8 miles +812/-1,065 ft
This section has it all as well. Great scenery, vistas, and single track trail. Do not underestimate this section due to the lower amount of elevation gain. By now it will be hot out and you will be exposed for much of this section. Bring plenty of water from the aid station. You will finish the last couple of miles on the beautiful and shaded Butterfield Canyon trails giving you that extra push to finish this race strong and hopefully smiling.

50.2 miles and +10,661 ft elevation total
64% Dirt Trail, 14% Fire Road, 22% Dirt Road

50k

This race starts at the new Butterfield Trailhead Regional Park. Amazing area nestled right at the base of Butterfield Canyon with Kennecott Mine overlooking the area. This course is stunning. From the gnarly ridges to the smooth single track trails winding through beautiful meadows and amazing dense foliage. We believe this race will become a must do for every Ultra Runner. 

Start to Aid 1 - 11.4 miles +2,405/-2,152 ft
**Crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

This first section is the longest and most gnarly. All the more reason to get it done first on fresh legs and in the cool morning. You will go from smooth single track to a steep and rocky ridge. After following this ridge and descending  back into the canyon will be one of the most scenic sections of the course. After this you hit another ridge followed by some easy dirt road running. Finally you head down beautiful single track to the aid station.

This section is long and hard. Make no mistake. The average runner will be 3 hours before they reach the aid station. Prepare accordingly with food and water. This will be early in the day which will help tremendously. 

Aid 1 to Aid 2 - 5.9 miles +1,206/-1,206 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 2 is 12:00 pm
**Crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

Hands down the most scenic section of the course overall. You will be amazed at the varying views you encounter during this loop. There is one big climb that offers great scenery the entire climb up.

Aid 2 to Aid 3 - 4.8 miles +837/-837 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 3 is 1:30 pm
**Crew allowed - Parking at Yellow Fork Trailhead**

You start your way up a dirt road with unmatched scenery for a road. You will climb up one last time to the ridges only to drop back down on the incredible single track trails. Enjoy them while you can because you will leave for the finish line after upon reaching the aid station again. 

Aid 3 to Finish - 7.8 miles +812/-1,065 ft
This section has it all as well. Great scenery, vistas, and single track trail. Do not underestimate this section due to the lower amount of elevation gain. By now it will be hot out and you will be exposed for much of this section. Bring plenty of water from the aid station. You will finish the last couple of miles on the beautiful and shaded Butterfield Canyon trails giving you that extra push to finish this race strong and hopefully smiling.

29.8 miles and +5,200 ft elevation total
72% Dirt Trail, 16% Fire Road, 12% Dirt Road

30k

This race starts at the new Butterfield Trailhead Regional Park. Amazing area nestled right at the base of Butterfield Canyon with Kennecott Mine overlooking the area. This course is stunning. From the gnarly ridges to the smooth single track trails winding through beautiful meadows and amazing dense foliage. We believe this race will become a must do for every Ultra Runner. 

Start to Aid 1 - 11.4 miles +2,405/-2,152 ft
*Cutoff for leaving aid 1 is 12:00 pm*

This first section is the longest and most gnarly. All the more reason to get it done first on fresh legs and in the cool morning. You will go from smooth single track to a steep and rocky ridge. After following this ridge and descending  back into the canyon will be one of the most scenic sections of the course. After this you hit another ridge followed by some easy dirt road running. Finally you head down beautiful single track to the aid station.

This section is long and hard. Make no mistake. The average runner will be 3 hours before they reach the aid station. Prepare accordingly with food and water. This will be early in the day which will help tremendously. 

Aid 1 to Finish - 7.8 miles +805/-1,065 ft
This section has it all as well. Great scenery, vistas, and single track trail. Do not underestimate this section due to the lower amount of elevation gain. By now it will be hot out and you will be exposed for much of this section. Bring plenty of water from the aid station. You will finish the last couple of miles on the beautiful and shaded Butterfield Canyon trails giving you that extra push to finish this race strong and hopefully smiling.

19.2 miles and +3,185 ft elevation total
77% Dirt Trail, 15% Fire Road, 8% Dirt Road​

Navigation

Course is marked with pink flags, ribbons, signs, and trail marshals. The flagging will come before, during, and after the turn. This flagging will be on the same side of the trail as the turn. For example, a right turn will have flagging on the right side of the trail before and after the right turn.

We will only mark turns, trail changes or areas we feel need it. If you come to an intersection or see a trail branching off the main trail and there are no flags stay on the same trail and continue straight. This course will be well marked

*We will have trail marshals, signs, and cones directing runners at the Yellow Forks Aid station due to this being two aid stations. Makes it easy for your friends and family to cheer you on!

About Us

At Happy Trails Running we focus on a beautiful course and an amazing experience. We want our races to be events that runners look forward to every year. We believe in quality over quantity which is why we cap all races at 300 or less participants. This lets us hold races in unique areas that would be off limits to a large race due to parking and trail capacity.

We also believe in keeping everything local. This enables us to both support our community but also keep costs down. We want our races to be simple, affordable, and convenient for runners. You won't find huge expos at our races, just local businesses, friends, and family having a great time!

If there is anything we can do to improve your experience with our races please reach out to us. We are always trying to improve our events. Your feedback, what you liked and did not like, is the best way to achieve this.

Our courses will not focus on setting PR's with mostly downhill running but instead on enjoying all of the beautiful trails the Wasatch Mountains have to offer. We hope our races will make lasting memories and experiences for all of our runners.

If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you!

We hope to see you at the races or on the trails. Until then, Happy Trails!

Event's current local time: 1:36 PM MT

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