5K/10K Course Description & Map

10k and 5k mapChip timed, the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 5K and 10K courses are challenging, fun and scenic routes on two-track jeep roads, short stretches of cross-country meadow and rugged horse trails on Bear Basin Ranch. These courses, while challenging, are intended to provide a sense of accomplishment for all who enter. The start and finish is at 8,913 feet elevation. The courses feature 475 feet of vertical gain on the 5K and 1,083 feet of gain on the 10K, with the 10K topping out at 9,039 feet. Both courses have short but steep sustained climbs that may require many participants to speed-hike or walk. There is one aid station for the 5K course and two for the 10K. Those who wish to preview the course may do so by contacting Hal Walter, race director, at 719-783-9097 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Access to the route is by foot only from the county roads, and please be respectful of the property by leaving no trace and closing all gates.

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  • "I've participated in the Hardscrabble Trail Run for the past two years and have really enjoyed everything about it.  The course is really scenic, the race is well organized and the proceeds from this event benefit a great cause.  After the race there's food, music and beer, which makes for a really fun day overall."

    - Kristy Falcon, Salida, CO

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