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Dick Collins Firetrails 2019 continues in our new home at Cull Canyon Regional Park, which is about a 5-minute drive from the old start/finish at Lake Chabot but on foot, it’s a spectacular climb on the Bay Area Ridge Trail that many never see! The Firetrails 50 mile now around at Skyline Gate. The net elevation of the new course is 8,500 feet.

Maps 1 and 2: Cull Canyon

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The Dick Collins 50 mile starts at the Maple picnic area inside of Cull Canyon Regional Park. You’ll be able to enter the parking lot starting at 5am. Bring your drop bags and after-race bags to the picnic area and we’ll have things there for you or out at the aid stations, as you request. Drop bags are available at Lake Chabot Marina and Skyline Gate.

NEW in 2019: Because of the addition of the Willow View Trail in Anthony Chabot Park, we no longer run around the reservoir at Cull Canyon. You head straight on on single track!

Outbound: Start to Lake Chabot Staging Area. The race leaves Cull Canyon and runs immediately through the tunnel under Columbia Road onto the trails. Watch your head! Once you’re through, it’s all single track to the first aid station at Bellhurst Lane. This will be a hydration and gel only aid station in the morning.

At Bellhurst Lane Aid, runners will enter a gated area that contains horses during the year. A course monitor will help with this gate on the way out. At the far end of the pasture is another gate. If a course monitor is not in position, runners will need to open and close the gate themselves. Runners continue through EBMUD land, along fireroads that offer a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and Contra Costa County on a rarely-run section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The trail descends down sharply and rolls into Lake Chabot Staging Area.

Returning: Race returns along the same route to Bellhurst Lane. On return to the finish line, runners will pass through a tunnel (Watch your head again!) and then bear a hard right out of the tunnel and up into the Festival Area.

 

Map 3: Anthony Chabot and Lake Chabot Regional Parks

NEW In 2019! On leaving Chabot Staging Area, runners will continue on the Bay Area Ridge Trail via Willow View Trail, a beautiful trail that weaves uphill and bears hard left onto Brandon Trail.

You’ll run down Brandon Trail, through the entrance of the Golf Course and bear hard right onto Proctor Trai. Runners proceed to Ten Hills and turn right, then quickly bear right on Cameron Loop Trail, which runs by the streams and past the bridge that for many years was in the first part of the race. Cameron Loop becomes the East Shore Trail. Runners proceed into the Chabot Marina, the traditional start/finish of Dick Collins Firetrails.

You will return on this same route.

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Map 4: Redwood Regional Park

From Big Bear, you’ll be in for a special treat, up rolling trails and then down onto the Stream Trail which winds up a watershed under tall redwoods. You’ll enter Skyline Gate Aid at the top of the valley. Now it’s time to turn around!

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