Saturday, Oct 22, 2016
This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 22, 2016

Event Overview

Join us once again to race on one of the most challenging mountains in the Lower Hudson Valley. At the Great Schunemunk Traverse (fka Assault on Schunemunk), you'll conquer Orange County's tallest peak, a spectacular ridgeline that features multiple 1000-ft climbs and descents, waterfalls, colorful and jagged puddingstone rock, pitch pines, boulders, and even a swamp that harbors a water-based ecosystem 1200-ft above the valley floor.

Taking place on part of the New York Long Path, the Great Schunemunk Traverse is a member of the Long Path Races, a series of trail racing events designed to celebrate this famous trail . You can sign up to compete in the Long Path Races as part of your registration here.

Great reasons to run the Great Schunemunk Traverse:
• Steep and rugged trails that will challenge even the most experienced runners
• Over 4,200 feet of cumulative gain in the 20-mile race; 2,200+ feet in the 10-mile
• Stunning vistas from all over the ridge line
• Easy access – only 55 miles from NYC
• Festive finish line with great food and drink

Join us in October for this wonderful opportunity to commune with the mountain. An amazing race in an amazing place!

The Format

The two races are "minimalist" in nature, meaning there will be no supplemental course markings, and in the case of the 10-mile race, no aid stations. Due to the limited amount of natural water on the course, the 20-mile race will have one fluid station, located at the southern terminus of the ridge (about the 11-mile mark).

Runners will need to carry their own food and fluids, and must be experienced at reading a trail map and following colored trail blazes. All participants will be given a course map at race check-in.


The Races

10-MILE Start time 10:00am

Beginning in the quiet hamlet of Mountainville, NY, you'll begin by crossing a broad meadow that forms the northeastern base of Schunemunk Mountain. You’ll pass beneath the tracks of the Metro North rail line by way of the Baby Brook tunnel, and then parallel the tracks in undulating fashion on the Otterkill Trail until reaching the junction of the Trestle Trail. Here begins a gut-busting 980-ft climb to the first of several amazing vistas from atop the mountain. After reaching the end of Trestle Trail, turn right and continue to ascend briefly on the Barton Swamp Trail before turning left onto the Western Ridge Trail. Marvel at the views of Woodcock Mountain to the northwest, and the Shawangunk Ridge 30 miles in the distance as you traverse the ridge. On a clear day, you may even see the high peaks of the Catskill Mountains 50 miles away!

Turn left at the junction of the Barton Swamp Trail, and then head to the top of the eastern ridge (a steep climb!) by way of the Ridge-To-Ridge Trail. From here it’s the yellow blazes of the Jessup Trail the rest of the way. Open puddingstone rock abounds as you now run north toward the Megaliths and the high point on the ridge line, 1664 feet above sea level. Finally, descend the mountain (carefully) alongside Baby Brook. At the bottom of the mountain, pass back through the tunnel, and after emerging from the tree cover, you'll dash to the finish across the meadow, down the final slope, and into the recreational fields of the Black Rock Fish & Game Club.

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20-MILE Start time 8:00am

This race is co-aligned with the 10-mile course to the terminus of the Trestle Trail. It then turns downhill to the junction of the Barton Swamp and Jessup Trails in Taylor Hollow. From here, you'll follow the Barton Swamp Trail briefly before ascending to the top of the mountain’s western ridge via the Sweet Clover Trail.

Turning left onto the Western Ridge Trail, you’ll follow it 2.5 miles, tackling a monstrous rock scramble in the final few tenths, before reaching its junction with the co-aligned Jessup Trail (yellow blaze) and Long Path (teal blaze). Turning right now, you'll begin the long out-and-back segment that traverses the remainder of the ridge going south. Tune in to your favorite station as you pass the radio towers that overlook Mountain Lodge Park to the west and Woodbury Park to the east. From here it's 3 more miles to your turnaround point at the southern terminus of the Jessup Trail at Gonzaga Park. Fill up your Camelbak or water bottles here before heading back up the hill and running all the way back past the radio towers and to the junction of the Western Ridge Trail.
Continue straight here to stay on the Jessup Trail and diamond teal blazes of the Highlands Trail. Pass the junction of the Ridge-to-Ridge Trail, then the 1664-foot high point marker (a beautiful vista here), and continue to the junction of the Dark Hollow Trail, where you'll turn right (and depart from the Jessup Trail - finally!) and begin your final descent toward the finish line.

As you near and then cross Dark Hollow Brook, you’ll pass by two more scenic vistas on the way down the mountain, and after a pass through the tunnel at Baby Brook, you will ultimately emerge in the meadow again. With less than a mile and half to go, you'll dash across the field grass, down the hillside, and back into Mountainville, where the finish line awaits you at the Black Rock Fish & Game Club. A job well done!


Course Maps & Cue Sheets

20 MILE
Map Click Here

Cue Sheet
• Follow arrows on pavement to the Taylor Rd trailhead
• Follow Jessup Trail (yellow) – passing through two meadows - to Baby Brook tunnel. Do not turn left and cross railroad tracks.
• Pass through tunnel, cross bridge, and take Otterkill Trail (red)
• Proceed approximately 1 mile, then turn left at junction with Trestle Trail (white)
• Follow Trestle Trail to end (about 1.5 miles), then turn left on Barton Swamp Trail (red-on-white)
• After crossing Baby Brook, turn right to stay on Barton Swamp Trail
• After approximately 0.6 miles, turn right onto Sweet Clover Trail (white)
• At next junction, turn left onto Western Ridge Trail (orange)
• Follow Western Ridge Trail about 2.5 miles to junction with Jessup Trail (yellow) and Long Path
• Turn right onto Jessup Trail, now co-aligned with Long Path (teal) and Highlands Trail (teal diamond)
• Follow Jessup Trail about 3.5 miles (go past radio towers along the way) to its end at Seven Springs Rd. A water stop is here.

End of 'out' portion

• Turn around and follow Jessup Trail (yellow) up mountain and all the way back past radio towers to junction with Western Ridge Trail.
• Continue on Jessup Trail approximately 1.3 miles to junction with Dark Hollow Trail (black).
• Turn right onto Dark Hollow Trail and follow it all the way down the mountain to its end.
• At end of Dark Hollow Trail, take Otterkill Trail (red) approximately 1 mile to Baby Brook.
• Turn right just before Baby Brook bridge and pass thru tunnel.
• Turn right on other side of tunnel and follow Jessup Trail (yellow) all the way back to Taylor Rd. Trail follows the woods road at first, but then leaves woods road (left turn) about 0.5 miles after the tunnel.
• Pass back through meadows, and at Taylor Rd, turn right and follow arrows on road to the finish line.

10 MILE
Map Click Here

Cue Sheet
• Follow arrows on pavement to the Taylor Rd trailhead
• Follow Jessup Trail (yellow) – passing through two meadows - to Baby Brook tunnel. Do not turn left and cross railroad tracks.
• Pass through tunnel, cross bridge, and take Otterkill Trail (red)
• Proceed approximately 1 mile, then turn left at junction with Trestle Trail (white)
• Follow Trestle Trail to end (about 1.5 miles), then turn right onto Barton Swamp Trail (red)
• At junction with Western Ridge trail (orange), turn left
• Follow Western Ridge Trail about 2.5 miles to junction with Barton Swamp Trail (red-on-white)
• Turn left onto Barton Swamp. Then in 0.2 miles, turn right onto Ridge-to-Ridge Trail (blue)
• Take Ridge-to-Ridge Trail to end at junction of Jessup Trail (yellow)
• Turn left onto Jessup Trail and follow it approximately 2 miles to junction with Barton Swamp Trail, passing several other trail junctions along the way.
• Turn right at junction to stay on Jessup Trail (yellow), and follow it all the way down the mountain. Trail follows fire road at first, but then bears left off of the road toward Baby Brook.
• Just past Baby Brook bridge, pass thru tunnel, then turn right and follow Jessup Trail (yellow) all the way back to Taylor Rd. Trail follows the woods road at first, but then leaves woods road (left turn) about 0.5 miles after the tunnel.
• Pass back through meadows, and at Taylor Rd, turn right and follow arrows on road to the finish line.

Arrival, Parking & Check-in

Parking
Will be on the recreational field of the Black Rock Fish & Game Club.
Arrive by way of Creamery Hill Road. Pass through the gate in the fence and then bear left to park on the lawn.

Race Check-in
20-Mile: beginning at 7:00am
10-mile: beginning at 9:00am

How do I get there?
For GPS location of the race, simply click on the globe icon at the top of this page (beneath the race date). The best GPS address is 7 Creamery Road, Cornwall, NY

Cancellation Policy

We regret that we are unable to offer refunds in response to cancellation requests.

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