FOR MOUNTAIN GOATS ONLY! The Escarpment Trail is a very remote, rugged hiking trail in the Northern Catskill Mountains in New York State. This single track trail crosses no roads, has total elevation changes of nearly 10,000 feet, and requires all aid to be backpacked in by volunteers. This is not for your average runner but for the runner who trains 12 months a year, and has spent years building a base and gaining long distance experience. Therefore, qualifying standards are required to insure that all participants have experience with endurance events and have a reasonable chance of completing the course within 6 hours.
Established in 1977 - MOUNTAIN GOATS ONLY.
There are qualification standards - see below for details.
Please fully read this section before applying for entry.
See winners by year at this link.
Read up on what it's all about.
The "Boston Marathon" of Trail Runs: Amby Burfoot, 2005
Tour d'Escarpment 2004: Ben Nephew
Rocks and Rolls: Stefani Jackenthal, 2003. Originally published by Attache Magazine
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Escarpment '02: Jim Dunn's reflections on Escarpment 2002
Playing Plinko at Escarpment: Steve Darrow, Sept. 2002. Originally published by the Finger Lakes Runners Club.
Rip's Revenge: Don Kardong, Runner's World, August 1995. We have reproduced this article with permission from Runner's World.
The Escarpment Trail, the Ultimate Test: an article about the first Escarpment Trail Run in 1977, by Paul Fetscher. Originally printed in Today's Jogger, Summer 1977.
Escarpment Trail Run 2002 : Carol Kane's account of the 2002 race, on the HiTek Racing site
Dick Vincent: 25 Years a Streaker: by David Blaikie (Ultramarathon World). Not about the race, but about its founder