Route, Stages, Maps

Route and Stages:

With extensive experience in creating dynamic and challenging courses that run the gamut of mountain environments and conditions, the 2018 TransRockies Run organizers have once again designed a course that will, in every definition, leave you breathless.

The route and stages listed below are offered as inspiration, and a guide of what to expect. The actual route will remain secret until just before the event so that all competitors can maximize the adventure experience of entering something totally brand new.

The route information provided is preliminary only, and is subject to change pending final route planning and U.S. Forest Service permit approval.

Route Overview:

The route information provided below is subject to change pending final route planning and U.S. Forest Service permit approval.


Running Elevations and Surface Types:

The route of the 2018 TransRockies Run will take place at elevations between 7,400 and 12,600 feet above sea level. Based on the preliminary route proposal (subject to change and approval by the U.S. Forest Service), the percent of distance at various elevations is as follows:

7,000′ to 8,000′ – 3%

8,000′ to 9,000′ – 31%

9,000′ to 10,000′ – 28%

10,000′ to 11,000′ – 27%

11,000′ to 12,000′ – 10%

12,000′ to 13,000′ – 1%

The following numbers are preliminary estimates and are also subject to final approval. In the event of extreme weather during the event and any subsequent re-routing, running surface types would also be subject to change.

Dirt and Gravel Roads – 37%

Non-Motorized Single and Double Trails – 33%

4-Wheel Drive and Motorized Trails – 18%

Paved Roads and Pathways – 12%

RUN6 Stages:

2018 Stages

Eureka! Stage 1: Buena Vista to Railroad Bridge (15 min. shuttle to camp) 

Salomon Stage 2: Vicksburg to Twin Lakes (30 min. shuttle to Leadville) 

GU Stage 3: Leadville to Nova Guides at Camp Hale (On Harrison Avenue/US 24)

Kahtoola Stage 4: Nova Guides at Camp Hale to Red Cliff (2 nights at Camp Hale)

Epic Provisions Stage 5: Red Cliff to Vail

Beaver Creek Stage 6: Vail to Beaver Creek


The following Stage Elevation Profiles are based the proposed route plans presented to the U.S. Forest Service and are subject to change. They are provided here for illustration purposes only. All route plans are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval. We have updated these profiles as of July 17th, 2013.

2018 Race Guide with Maps.  Race Guide is subject to change.

Eureka! Stage 1 (RUN6 & RUN3): 20.8 miles, 2,500 feet elevation gain
(33.5 km, 760 m elevation gain)

Salomon Stage 2 (RUN6 & RUN3): 13.3 miles, 3,200 feet elevation gain
(21.4 km, 975 m elevation gain)

GU Stage 3 (RUN6 & RUN3): 24.5 miles, 2,700 feet elevation gain
(39.4 km, 823 m elevation gain)

Kahtoola Stage 4 (RUN6): 14.5 miles, 2,800 feet elevation gain
(23.3 km, 854 m elevation gain)

Nathan Stage 5 (RUN6): 24.1 miles, 4,100 feet elevation gain
(38.8 km, 1,250 m elevation gain)

Beaver Creek Stage 6 (RUN6): 22.4 miles, 5,250 feet elevation gain
(36.0 km, 1,600 m elevation gain)

GPS Data Files:

All of our routing has been recorded by GPS and thoroughly checked before the race, but mother nature sometimes has little surprises that mean last minute course changes. Don’t be surprised if there are small changes to the routing or stats before race day. Please note that all information is subject to change. Elevation gain/loss data collected by GPS can be highly inaccurate and varied depending on how it is measured and the equipment used. Our elevation data should approximate the measurements obtained by a portable GPS unit.

GPX files Here.

Camp Locations:

All camp locations will be passenger vehicle and truck accessible, although most will have no services beyond those provided by the organization. Driving directions for support crews will be provided with camping passes.