Wind River Running
The Sinks Canyon Trail Races start and finish in beautiful Sinks Canyon, the corridor to Wyoming's Wind River Mountains. You can expect scenery that includes wildflower heaven, snow and ice covered peaks, deep canyons, enormous views, and fun trails. This race is hosted by the Lander Running Club, an inclusive, community-based organization for and by runners. Join us for a fun, and challenging, day of running some of the West's premier trails.
50k Course Description
The 50K course is a legit mountain run. If you like to play hard in the mountains this is the run for you. Here is the route: from Bruce’s parking lot enjoy the wildflowers of the mellow Sinks Canyon/River Trail until you get to the Sinks Canyon Campground. From there, cross the highway to a Climber’s trails and enjoy the steep climb to top of Fairfield ridge. From the ridge, you’ll do a steep and technical drop down to Sheep Creek and up another two-track through a sea of wildflowers to the Timbertop Mountain. Turn left, and begin the ascent to Fairfield Hill. Enjoy the panorama of the Wind River Mountains in front of you as you traverse ridge on two track to Fairfield saddle. If you’re feeling groovy jump off the trail and quick bag the peak, the view is awesome. Tuck and roll off the Fairfiled saddle and head downhill back towards Sinks Canyon. After scooting around some mud on the road, don’t miss the right turn onto some fun single track back down to the bottom of Sinks Canyon. Cross the highway to Sinks Canyon Campground again and stay close to the river as you head back to Bruce’s Parking area (the start). Cross the road and begin your rocky adventure up the Middle Fork Trail. About 5.5 to 6 miles up the Middle Fork, hang a left, cross Sheep’s Bridge, and make the ascent to Worthen Meadows Reservoir. If you’re hot, take a quick dip before running on improved dirt road and a little bit of pavement before you get to Fossil Hill. Take a look behind you as you run for some of the best scenery of the day. After the Fossil Hill Aid Station, cross the cattle guard and turn left to begin your traverse around Fossil Hill through wildflower heaven on the Brewer’s Trail. Turn right on the Aspen Grade Trail to finish your descent and loop your way through the canyon back to Bruce’s Parking Area for the finish.
18k Course Description
From the start at Bruce’s Parking Area, head down canyon, following the Popo Agie River. Continue to the Aspen Grade trail, where you will begin the climbing. Once you hit the Brewer's trail, turn left to continue upward. A volunteer should direct to the road, where you’ll run a short bit of pavement until getting off the road to the right of the next switchback. From there you’ll ascend up the “snowmobile track” (there is no snow, I promise) through wildflowers, meadows, and lot’s of rocks. Turn left on a brand new, but smooth, single track to go to the Fossil Hill Aid Station. Head down the single track, cross the cattle guard and road, and run along Brewer’s trail. Traversing around Fossil Hill is special, with spectacular views of the Wind River Mountains, canyons, foothills, and Wind River Basin before plunging back down into Sinks Canyon on semi-technical single track and eventually returning along the river to the finish line at Bruce’s parking lot.
6k Course Description
From the start at Bruce’s Parking Area, head down canyon, following the Popo Agie River. Continue to the Aspen Grade trail, where you will begin the climbing. Once you hit the Brewer's trail, turn right to head down the Brewer's trail. Swoop your back down on a semi-technical single track and eventually returning along the river to the finish line at Bruce’s parking lot.
Sponsored by Wyoming Running, we are excited to offer a kids' 1 kilometer event. Finishers will receive a custom Sinks Canyon Trail Races cup as well as a cool summer treat for their efforts. Athletes may be accompanied by ONE adult if they require on-course support. There will not be place awards, only finisher awards. The Kids' K is open to ages 1 through 12. Online registration is open and is FREE. Unlike the longer distances, we will accept day-of registrations, as long as we have not met our 50 participant capacity. Day of registrations must sign up 30 minutes prior to the race.
Registration and Rollovers
Registration will open the first Sunday in October.
If you canceled your registration for the previous year's race, you have received rollover credit for the amount you spent on your previous registration. In order to use that credit, you must re-register before the race has met its capacity to secure your spot. Please register with your account or with the same email address you used in the past.
For questions relating to how to edit or cancel your registration, please see the FAQ section on UltraSignup.
This is a fantastic destination race with a diversity of fantastic accommodations and opportunities for all flavors of fun. Outdoor recreational opportunities include world-class rock climbing, camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and much more. If you're looking to kick back after a challenging day of running, Lander has some wonderful restaurants, cafes, and watering holes to suit any mood or taste. Visit Landerrunning.org for some Lander Beta.
We can always use a helping hand! We could not do this without the help of our volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of this fun running event, but you are not interested in racing, please visit our volunteer opportunities from Lander Connected: https://x.gldn.io/e/Lander_Running_Club_1
Sign up for one or more time slots! All volunteers will be provided a t-shirt.
Visit our website at https://www.landerrunning.org/sinks-canyon-trail-races for additional race information and schedules.
Event's current local time: 1:29 AM MT