Kachina Peak Marathon: 7 am
Half Marathon: 9 am
**to reduce our race impact, we are a cupless event, so plan to bring your own bottle or water vessel for aid stations.
**NOTICE: for 2019 course, we are unexpectedly having to re-route short sections of both the Marathon and Half Marathon course. The 10 mile race option has been cancelled. Below are the revised descriptions for 2019 race.
KACHINA PEAK MARATHONERS: Begin your ascent to Kachina Peak by heading downhill from race start at Bavarian/Lift 4 (10,000 ft) towards lift 7 and eventually top of lift 4 on established trails and natural benches within the TSV/national forest. When you reach the Kachina Peak lift, a singletrack trail will take you to Kachina peak 12,481 ft. Take a moment and revel in your accomplishment of 3000ft of vertical in about 3-4 miles. This is serious 'hands-on-knees' climbing with 30-40% grade near the peak; but you're the trail-boss, so after a celebratory picture at the Kachina Peak Aid station, descend down Highline Ridge while intimate views of Lake Fork Peak, Wheeler Peak, Vallecito Mountain, Fraser Peak, Gold Hill, Lobo Peak guide you to the West Basin Ridge. ***CAUTION!!! THE DESCENT OFF KACHINA PEAK DOWN HIGHLINE RIDGE IS INITIALLY TREACHEROUS IN SPOTS AT MINIMUM, WITH ROCKY SECTIONS THAT WE RECOMMEND HIKING OVER. THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY IS HIGH THROUGH THESE ROCKY SECTIONS GIVEN THE STEEPNESS DOWN AND THE UNEVEN, LOOSE, SHARP-ROCKS. EVACUATION IN THE CASE OF INJURY WILL BE DIFFICULT, PLEASE UTILIZE COMMON SENSE. HIKING POLES ARE WELCOME, BUT NOT ESSENTIAL IF YOU SLOW-DOWN AND BE CAREFUL. After the initial 1/2 - 3/4 mile, the terrain is less steep and smoother with continued incredible views on both sides of the ridge, dropping down thru an amazing descent through the Wild West Glade. From here you will navigate through some more established ski runs to top of lift 8, forested natural trails and benches up to the top of Lorelei Trees black diamond run. Once again it is rowdy descending through some double black diamond forested singletrack until you hit the return trail and finish your first half of the Marathon. Take a moment, fuel-up and a relaxing breath as you have completed the most rugged loop of the Marathon. But there's plenty of climbing still to be had, up to 12,163 ft Fraser Peak! Continue on your 2nd Half on the opposite side of the Taos Ski Valley, by following established village dirt road to the Northside Trails System property (about a mile). You will now join the Half Marathon course on Northside Trails System described below.... start at ^^
Link to skitaos.com winter map for trail reference here
THIS WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY, BUT IN GENERAL, THE START WILL BE AT 10,200 FEET. FROM APPROXIMATELY MILE 1 UNTIL MILE 12, THE PROFILE IS THE SAME.
THERE WILL BE A 5-HOUR CUTOFF TIME SET FOR THESE FIRST 12 MILES.
START of Half Marathon/ and Second Half of Marathon -Starting at 10,000 feet at Bavarian/Lift 4, you will descend through Kachina Peak Vista Park, which gets you an immediate sense of running in the steep-walled Taos Ski Valley. To your left, you will immediately gain views of Kachina Peak 12,481 ft where your Marathon bretheren climbed earlier and will be descending that awesome ridgeline across the valley. Soon after Kachina Peak Vista Park, ^^the Marathon course will merge with you here and travel a short 1/3 mile on village road until you reach the Northside Trails System property (at the gate). Climb up Bull of the Woods road-quickly to the sweet singletrack on Gold Camp trail-Sawmill trail-Steam Engine trail-Redi's run-Antoine's Corner taking you through high alpine forest and meadows to just over 11,000 ft. You will stand with the Red River Basin below and the beauty of the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness surrounding and stimulating your senses! Fuel up at Aid Station here and proceed on short section of Bull of the Woods trail until you a hard left to climb along Malachite getting your first glimpse of Fraser Mountain Peak in the distance. Run Wheeler Peak trail cresting ridges until the summits of Kachina, Lake Fork, and Wheeler peaks tantalize you with their majestic beauty. Summit Fraser mountain peak 12,163 ft, Full Marathoners will see across the Valley to where they just were on Kachina Peak! Take in the 360 degree views, snap a pic and begin your descent of Fraser mtn 'road'. Open it up, because it's scenic, perfect-grade downhill through 'Top-of-the-World' viewpoint until Ox-cart singletrack peeling off to your right.
From Ox-cart maneuver onto the eerieness of tightly forested Deer trail then Overlook trail, all playfully winding through the trees, popping out on Frazer mountain road. Now you have a few miles of sweet gravity-fed descent down Frazer mtn road and back on the singletrack of Gold Camp trail/Bull of the woods 'road'. As you leave the Northside property, capitalize on your trail-runner's high to finish the lollipop configuration and climb back up through Kachina Peak Vista park with intimate, jaw-dropping views of Kachina Peak and Lake Fork-peak as well as the entire Taos Ski Valley. Fight through the pain, as you will arrive shortly to the finish line back at the Bavarian to an amazing celebration of your trail-running prowess! Get ready for the after-party!
TSV Oktoberfest will be in full swing in your honor with over-flowing steins of beer, OOMPAH band music, and chatter of how much Trail-CRED you just earned by being a Bull-of-the-Woods Trail Races/ Kachina Peak Marathon finisher!
*for an interactive MAP with PROFILE of Half Marathon, please CLICK on 'HALF MARATHON MAP' tab in MENU
FULL KACHINA PEAK MARATHON ELEVATION PROFILE ***NOTICE: THIS PROFILE WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY, BUT IN GENERAL,THE PROFILE WILL REMAIN THE SAME BETWEEN MILE 2 THRU MILE 24. THE START AND FINISH WILL BE AT 10,200 FT.