This is the 2nd event in the Tahoe Dirt & Vert Series.
The Start/Finish is located at Davis Creek Regional Park. This 10.5 mile journey to the top of Slide Mountain has over 5000′ of climbing. The course begins with a gradual rise that traverses the lower contour of the mountain. This introduction doesn’t last long before the climbing gets steeper and more technical especially after crossing Ophir Creek just a couple of miles into the trail. After crossing the creek, runners will continue uphill past intersections for Rock Lake and Upper Price Lake staying on the Ophir Creek Trail.
Once above Upper Price Lake, the climbing starts to become more moderate and eventually easing just before connecting with the Tahoe Rim Trail. This union is only brief as the course route will break off and continue straight to the meadows trail head. At this trail head runners will turn right onto Mt. Rose Hwy. and continue on pavement for ~1.5 miles to Mt. Rose campground where the course will take them up a dirt road that climbs steeply up the backside of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe to the top of Slide Mountain at 9698′. At the top, the views will take your breath away if the elevation already hasn’t! Runners then retrace their steps back to the finish at Davis Creek Campground. This is a challenging trail with some very steep and technical sections that make it difficult to run, even downhill.