We all have it — that craving for the ultimate adventure on the perfect trail. And who doesn’t have a bucket list of trails and races that we obsess over? Many trail fields dream of running high-energy events like the Traverse City Trail Running Festival, Western States 100, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, or Outdoorfest’s Trail Run, while others yearn for the solitude of remote backcountry trails — trails where there are no entry fees, medals, aid stations or cut-off times. Trails where you go where you want, when you want, and for as long as you want — the most wild and inspiring places on the planet.
Places that could be as challenging as your backyard.
Have a trail running bucket list? The Outdoorfest’s 5k Trail Run should be on it! This summer, from May 29th – June 7th, experience New York City, like you haven’t before.
Run over roots, rocks and up and down the natural terrain of the Staten Island Greenbelt near the Henry Kauffman Campgrounds. The 5k will start as the sun sets and navigate through the woods until headlamps are ablaze, and you cross the finish line.
Race will begin at 8:45 PM. You must have a headlamp and you must finish registration by 8:30 to be on the start line in time.
Great intro to trail running but not for beginner runners.
If you greatly enjoyed this trail run adventure, be sure to check out these six epic trails in North America.
HOH-HIGH DIVIDE TRAVERSE, Washington
Olympic National Park in western Washington is one of the most diverse and extreme places in the country. Pacific Ocean storms pound the Olympic shoreline and western slope of the mountain range, which rises 7,979 feet above sea level. The east side of the range, forms a rain shadow, offering a much drier, sunnier clime – so be prepared as you run this trail!
Be prepared to experience diverse wildlife sightings including elk, marmots, salmon, eagles and mountain goats.
WEST COAST TRAIL, British Columbia / Vancouver Island / Canada
Located along the wild and extremely rugged Pacific coastline of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, and part of the Pacific Rim National Park, the 47-mile West Coast Trail is the toughest in Canada, due to extreme bi-polar coastal weather, massive tide changes and rock-and-root infested, waterlogged trails.
The wild Northwest coastal scenery features towering old-growth forests, dreamy waterfalls and idyllic beaches. Coastal wildlife sightings may include black bears, wolves, orcas, gray whales, seals, sea lions and eagles. Soak it all in, because you will earn every jaw-dropping view the hard way.
SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL, Minnesota
Northern Minnesota’s SHT follows along a gorgeous ridge-line above Lake Superior, and offers rugged, technical trails. Be careful, as you may come in sight of wolves, bears and moose.
SHT can be described as “a long, beautiful tunnel, just calling out to be run from end-to-end.”
BUCKSKIN / PARIA CANYON, Utah
Buckskin Gulch, at 13-miles-long and as narrow as 10-feet-wide and almost 400-feet-deep in sections, is one of the longest, narrowest and deepest slot canyons in the world. Its curving walls are pounded with seasonal flash floods that force their way through the canyons’ narrow confines and carve the smooth sandstone walls. The result is a thing of sculpted beauty that it is rare even for the slot-canyon-rich desert Southwest. Link it into the winding 1,000-foot-deep gorge of the mighty Paria Canyon and its perennial Paria River for a total of 45 spectacular miles.
ADIRONDACKS GREAT RANGE TRAVERSE, New York
The Great Range Traverse comprises an 11-mile chain of peaks—part of a massive eroded dome—and culminates in the tallest mountain in New York State, the 5,343-foot Mount Marcy. Although not as high as the Rockies, Sierras or Cascades, the mountains here are easily as rugged, wild and worthy—and the Great Range Traverse is all that.
FLORIDA TRAIL, Florida
In 1966, Jim Kern gained permission to blaze a trail in the Ocala National Forest in central Florida with a vision of traversing the entire state. From those first miles of trail over 40 years ago, a 1,000-plus-mile footpath named the Florida Trail has grown, and continues to grow, nearly spanning the length of the state. It is now one of only 11 National Scenic Trails—trails protected by an act by Congress for their distinct natural beauty—in the United States.