Paradise Valley Alternative Route

Here's the alternative route for 2019 through Paradise Valley because the Skagit Valley will not be repaired by August. All of the routes are in Manning Park; we will not start near Keremeos. Views and climbs!
Event Legs
120 Mile 1-9 with an out and back on Whitecloud Trail in Leg 4 Paradise Valley. Starts at Bonnevier.
Relay 1-9 with an interchange at Blackwall Peak for Legs 1 and 2, plus an out and back on Whitecloud Trail in Leg 4 Paradise Valley. Starts at Bonnevier.
70 Mile 3-8 with an additional 4 km loop at the base of Skyline. Starts at Cayuse Flats.
50 Mile 4-7. Starts at Cascade Aid Station.
40 Mile Starts at Cascade Aid Station, then does Leg 3 to Cayuse Flats, Leg 2 Hope Pass to Grainger Creek to Nicomen, along Heather to Blackwall Peak. Next follow Leg 7 and then to the finish. See full route description and profiles attached here.

Map and Overall Profile

Here is the wonderful map created by mapmaker Bob Plummer, in PDF format. It is 11x17 inches. The draft profile is shown here.

Nine Legs

Leg 1 Bonnevier
  120 Mile = 19 km/12 mi.  Relay = 25.5 km/16 mi.
    Bonnevier follows the Eastgate road for 3.8 km then starts on Bonnevier Trail. Gradual climb with some valley dips on single track trail. Meadows appear at the top. Two km after Heather Aid Station, you reach the junction of Heather Trail.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Leg 2 Heather
  120 Mile = 31 km/19 mi. Relay = 38 km/23 mi.
  Heather Trail is open and single track, a feast of wildflowers, amazing 360 degree views, meadows, steep descent on rocky ridge to Nicomen Lake. Grainger Creek Trail and Hope Pass Trail have long downhill switchbacks.
Trail description and profile for printing.



Leg 3 Skagit Bluffs
  All events = 7 km/4 mi.
  Skagit Bluffs Trail is undulating single track parallel to Hwy 3. There are some stream crossings and peekaboo views and occasional wild rhododendrons blooming.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Leg 4 Paradise Valley
  120 Mile and Relay =23 km/14 mi. 50 and 70 Mile = 16 km/10 mi.
  After a short distance along Dewdney Trail, this leg branches off to Whatcom, one of the first trails created in Manning Park. It climbs toward Snass Mountain and descends to the Whitecloud Trail junction. (Out and back for 120 Mile and Relay on Whitecloud.) Paradise! Views, lakes, single track.
Trail description and profile for printing.
 
 

Leg 5 Dewdney to Dick's Cabin
  120 Mile and Relay = 24 km/15 mi. 50 and 70 Mile = 17 km/10.5 mi.
  This leg travels along Dewdney Trail to Tulameen Camp and continues along Dewdney to Whipsaw Jeep Road and Dick’s Cabin. (120 mile and Relay first travel back to Dewdney along Whitecloud.) Views, stream crossings, subalpine.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Leg 6 Nicomen Trail to Heather
  120, 70, 50 Mile and Relay = 30.5 km/19 mi.
  From Dick’s Cabin Aid Station, this leg follows Nicomen Lake Trail down to Nicomen Lake Aid Station, up Nicomen Ridge and continues on Heather Trail to Blackwall Peak. Views, lakes, wildflowers.
Trail description and profile for printing.


Leg 7 Blackwall Peak
  All events = 14.5 km/9 mi.
  This leg travels from the Blackwall Aid Station down Dry Ridge Trail and the Blackwall Road, crosses Hwy #3 and goes 1.5 km along the road that leads to Lightning Lake to the Frosty Aid Station. Views, long descent on road.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Leg 8 Frosty
  120, Relay and 70 Mile = 24 km/15 mi
  This leg travels from the Frosty Aid Station, up and over Frosty Mountain and descends at Lightning Lake at Tom’s Bench Aid Station. Views, elevation is a factor, scrambling over scree field, white forest, long descent.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Leg 9 Skyline
  120 Mile and Relay = 21 km/13 mi. 70 Mile do 4 km loop.
  This leg travels along Lightning Lake Trail over Rainbow Bridge, past Spruce Bay Beach, along South Gibson Trail to Strawberry Flats. From there, it travels up Strawberry Flats Trail to Sky Junction. The last section on Skyline l travels on a wonderful flowy descent to Rainbow Bridge and then 1.5 km to the finish.
Trail description and profile for printing.

Elevation Gain and Loss

To be recalculated in July as we get access to the trails when snow clears. For 120 Mile, estimates are from 7500-8500 metre gain.

Links

Race Guide for 2019.
Crew and Relay Driving Instructions for 2019.
Volunteer Page.