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Full Course | Leg 1 - Haig Paradise | Leg 2 - Salt Lick | Leg 3 - Gravey Train

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Course Map


Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile

Descriptions

Not one bit of pavement on this course!

Distance: 28km
Gain: 2,250m
Loss: 2,250m
Duration: 10 hours to complete the course

Leg 1 - Haig Paradise

Distance: 8.8km
Gain: 722m
Loss: 722m
Max: 2,122m
Trail Type: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt track, cross country
Must Start: 09:00hrs
Cutoff: 12:30hrs

You start with a steady climb up Paradise Valley, followed by a relentless climb up to Haig Ridge. This is one of the most scenic, but seldom-visited highlights of the area. Then it's a steep, fast downhill back to the resort for the start of Leg 2

Leg 2 - Salt Lick

Distance: 8.5km
Gain: 440m
Loss: 440m
Max: 1,826m
Trail Type: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt track
Must Start: 12:30hrs
Cutoff: 15:30hrs

Heading south down the Haig Lake valley, you get some incredible, winding single track, and more of that. This is a prime berry-picking area if the weather has been just right and they haven't already been eaten by our grumpy, hungry, four-legged friends. Cresting the hill to Haig Lake is one of the most stunning vistas in the area.

Leg 3 - Gravey Train

Distance: 10.7km
Gain: 865m
Loss: 865m
Max: 2,250m
Trail Type: doubletrack, dirt road
Must Start: 15:30hrs
Cutoff: 19:00hrs

Get ready for the big climb. Fun fact - Castle Mountain Resort isn't actually on Castle Mountain... it's on Gravenstafel. Ol' Gravey throws it all at you: steep climbs, wind, and generally gnarly weather. The out-and-back along Gravenstafel Ridge offers views into the Syncline Valley to the south; another seldom-visted area of southern Alberta. With another rapid descent, and your toes bursting out of your shoes, you'll be dreaming of Leg 4 (AKA the T-Bar Lounge).


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