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This run is one of the oldest ultra-trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging.
This run is one of the oldest ultra-trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging. It follows the Western States Trail from Squaw Valley to Auburn traveling remote and rugged territory, much of which is accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters. In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main stem of the Middle Fork of the American River, and, during the latter stages, the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims alike to the welcoming arms of Auburn. Specific information is available in the Western States Endurance Run web site.
Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn.
This steep trail has everything needed for a great day of exploration: rugged mountain canyons, a beautiful stream with waterfalls, a wide variety of plant and animal life, gold rush era history, and panoramic views of the Middle Fork American River.
This is a popular trail to the North Fork of the American River and is used by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
Weather in the Tahoe National Forest is amazing. Spring features colorful wildflowers, summer sun warms the lakes and rivers. Fall brings an array of vibrant colors followed by winter storms that transform the area into a snowy playground.