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Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast: 10 Mile Division

Much of the mediasize and romance with trail running over the past decade + has circled around ultra. The press, the sponsorship dollars, where the bar is set for a sense of challenge and achievement. However, shorter distances don’t require consumption of life in training and breakdown. While 5 and 10 mile road races were an early rage in the US, you’ll find more in the form of 15k’s, and often a little brother or sister to a longer event in the race’s lineup. In the ranking below you’ll find known classics such as Seven Sisters, cult classics such as Conestoga, and beautiful mountain ridges on courses such as Mozo Double Up.

For those arriving directly here, check out our lineup of the Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast across distances. We also have related articles on Most Scenic, Historic, Flat & Fast, and others to come. For now, let’s checkout the ranking of the Toughest Trail 10’ish milers in the Northeast.

#11

Green Monster 15k

Wellsboro, PA

Month:

October

Distance:

9.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,706′

Gain / Mile:

185′

Green Monster Trail Challenge 15k Elevation Profile

#10

Traprock 17k

Bloomfield, CT

Route map for Traprock 17k by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Month:

April

Distance:

10.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,867′

Gain / Mile:

171′

Traprock 17k Elevation Profile

#9

Highland Fall Scramble

Cooksburg, PA

Month:

October

Distance:

11.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,006′

Gain / Mile:

170′

Highland Fall Scramble Elevation Profile

#8

Grayson Highlands Half Marathon

Mouth of Wilson, VA

Month:

May

Distance:

10.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,153′

Gain / Mile:

198′

Grayson Highlands Half Elevation Profile

#7

Great Adirondack Trail Run

Keene Valley, NY

Month:

June

Distance:

11.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,835′

Gain / Mile:

255′

Great Adirondack Trail Run Elevation Profile

#6

7 Sisters

Amherst, MA

Route map for 7 Sisters by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Month:

May

Distance:

10.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,602′

Gain / Mile:

343′

7 Sisters Elevation Profile

#5

Conestoga 10 Miler

Holtwood, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

9.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,999′

Gain / Mile:

316′

Conestoga 10 Miler Elevation Profile

#4

Jay Peak Trail Festival 11 miler

Jay Peak, VT

Month:

September

Distance:

11 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,950′

Gain / Mile:

359′

Jay Peak Trail Festival 11 Miler Elevation Profile

#3

Battle of Bristol Mountain 10 miler

Canandaigua, NY

Month:

July

Distance:

9.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,077′

Gain / Mile:

412′

Battle of Bristol Mountain 10 Miler Elevation Profile

#2

Frozen Snot (short course)

McElhattan, PA

Month:

February

Distance:

8.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,587′

Gain / Mile:

403′

Frozen Snot Short Course Elevation Profile

#1

Mozo Double Up

Stowe, VT

Month:

July

Distance:

10.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,962′

Gain / Mile:

477”

Mozo Double Up Elevation Profile
RankEventTownStateMonthStravaPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileageGain Per MileDivision
11Green Monster 15kWellsboroPAOctober169516401745174417069.218510’ish
10Traprock 17kBloomfieldCTApril2092145918702045186710.917110’ish
9Highland Fall ScrambleCooksburgPAOctober2055208621491734200611.817010’ish
8Grayson Highlands HalfMouth of WilsonVAMay2493209922541765215310.919810’ish
7Great Adirondack Trail RunKeene ValleyNYJune2922265730282731283511.125510’ish
67 Sisters Trail RaceAmherstMAMay3986261135864224360210.534310’ish
5Conestoga 10 milerHoltwoodPASeptember313525983061320329999.531610’ish
4Jay Peak Trail Festival 11mJay PeakVTSeptember420037363891397239501135910’ish
3Battle at Bristol Mountain 10mCanandaiguaNYJuly435740784163371040779.941210’ish
2Frozen SnotMcElhattanPAFebruary392236083766305235878.940310’ish
1Mozo Double UpStoweVTJuly5,042473448825191496210.447710’ish
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