Event Date: April 11th, 2020

Eagleton Trail Challenge

A historic 10km, 25km, and 50km trek through the PA WILDS!

April 11th, 2020

Race Options

Choose from a 10km, 25km, or 5okm challenge.  All distances follow a loop course and share the same first/last 5km.

 

Start/Finish: Sons of Italy Campground

44 Sons Road, Lock Haven PA CLICK TO VIEW MAP

GPS Address: 44 SONS ROAD, MILL HALL, PA 

Event capped at 250 participants.

Registration closes Saturday, March 7th 2020

Price increase after December 31st, 2019

Saturday, April 11th 2020

Start time: 8:00am   (1ohr max finish time)

This course will take trekkers from the starting area,  passing along the Eagleton Road Demonstration Forest trail, and then to the first aid station @ the Eastern Trailhead of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail.  Following the course, trekkers will make way to the Western Trailhead, and along several other trails, eventually coming back into the Eastern Trailhead before hitting the return trail to the finish.

There are several stretches of the course, including the first & last 5km, which are fairly technical.  Most of the course is very runnable.

Approx. elevation: 4000ft

Total aid stations: 6

Saturday, April 11th 2020

Start time: 10:00am   (8hr max finish time)

This course will take trekkers from the starting area,  passing along the Eagleton Road Demonstration Forest trail, and then to the first aid station @ the Eastern Trailhead of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail.  Following the course, trekkers will eventually come back through the Eastern Trailhead before hitting the return trail to the finish. 

The first and last 5km of this course are a bit challenging, but you’ll be rewarded with miles of very runnable trails in between!

Approx elevation: 2200ft

Total aid stations: 3

Saturday, April 11th 2020

Start time: 11:00am   (7hr max finish time)

This course will take trekkers from the starting area,  passing along the Eagleton Road Demonstration Forest trail, and then to the first aid station @ the Eastern Trailhead of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail.  Trekkers then head to the return trail to the finish.

Some trekkers have described this course as a “mountain 10k” due to the elevation gain (approx 1200ft) and moderate degree of challenge under foot.

Approx. elevation: 1200ft

Total aid stations: 1

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The Eagleton Mine Camp Trail

This trail is named for the mining village of Eagleton that existed in the area from about 1845 to 1870.  Eagleton Coal and Iron Company, under the supervision of George Armstrong, built the village to house miners working in the Eagleton bituminous coal fields.  During this time period, several mining villages existed in the Tangascootac watershed, some of which were funded by the royal family of Spain.  Eagleton was distinguished among the villages by its railroad.  The Eagleton Railroad climbed from the Tangascootac Valley to the village on the plateau top.  It made the climb on a series of switchbacks that were known as the “Seven Switches”.  A section of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail follows this old railroad grade.

Eagleton was also distinguished as the site of the first labor strike in Central Pennsylvania’s bituminous coal fields.  In 1865, approximately 200 workers revolted against unfair wages.  Sheriff John Smith of Lock Haven arrived with twenty riflemen and defused the situation in a few days.

Another historical point of interest connected with this area is that site of one of Prince Farrington’s stills.  Farrington was a legendary Prohibition-Era bootlegger in Clinton and Lycoming Counties.  He continued bootlegging after Prohibition was repealed to avoid paying taxes.  In April of 1925, federal and state Treasury Agents and PA liquor Control Board agents raided his still and arrested Farrington.

Information provided by Forest District 10, Sproul State Forest, Renovo, PA