Starting Location: 7293 Missouri 94, St Charles, MO 63304
Parking Instructions - Plenty of parking space. We will meet up between the two buildings in this area where there is a path that connects to the Hamburg Trail.
Short Group: (see above) Looking at the map above, you will follow the PINK course in a CLOCKWISE manner. Start and finish are at the Hamburg Trail parking lot. To start, stay on the Hamburg Trail all the way down till you go thru a tunnel underneath highway 94. Take a RIGHT onto a gravel/paved road that will take you past a yellow gate and up to highway 94 where you will cross over and head diagonally to your LEFT to enter the Lost Valley Trail head parking lot. Jump on the Lost Valley Trail here and follow the gravel path. At roughly 4.5 miles into the run you can have an optional reduction in mileage if you prefer - this is where you can make a RIGHT onto what would just be for the long course (the dotted pink line) and take the single track trail back up towards the Hamburg Trail and have some creek crossings. If you choose to go this route then it would make the run roughly 8 miles in length. The route that is marked in solid pink in the above map just keeps you on the fire road the entire time....there is no single track trail running on the short course. Following the solid pink line above, at around 6 miles into it is where those running long will make the left turn to run on single track trails while the short course just keeps STRAIGHT there - DO NOT turn on that trail if you are not looking to run 15 miles. From that 6mi point, you have 3mi left to go...follow that fire road another 1.5mi and you will have gone down a nice steep decline and come to where the long course will rejoin you just before hitting the Hamburg trail again. From here it is roughly 1.5mi back to the start. Head up the short but steeper hill to the Hamburg and then make the LEFT to head back to the finish.
Mileage: 9 miles approx. (option to make it 8mi if choosing to run on single track trail after 4.5mi)
Long Group: (see above) Start out the same as the short course. At 4.5mi into the run you will stay STRAIGHT up the fire road, ignore the orange ribbon on the single track trail here as you will hit this later in the run. About .1 of a mile after you will see more orange ribbon on your left - ignore that as you will come out from there shortly...just keep STRAIGHT all the way up the long gradual fire road. At roughly 6 miles is where you will make the LEFT onto the single track trail and run the perimeter course counter clockwise (this is reverse on the trail you all ran last time out here). This is also where those running the normal short course would keep straight and branch away from you all. Follow the single track trail which is roughly 6mi in length back down to the fire road where you will make a RIGHT and run that .1mi to the next single track trail on your LEFT to run that section which is roughly 2mi back to the fire road. This portion is also reverse of what those who ran long last time out here covered which has the creek crossings. Once back at the fire road this is where you will rejoin the short course and make a RIGHT to head up the short steep hill to Hamburg Trail and turn LEFT to go finish.
Mileage: 15.5 miles approx.