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Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast: 10k 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. Some of the 10k’s below not only offer technical terrain and elevation, but also the opportunity to find flow and not be constrained by holding back for the final miles.

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 10k’s in the Northeast.

#21

Fire On the Rocks

McElhattan, PA

Fire On the Rocks Trail 10k Elevation Profile

Month:

March

Distance:

6.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,411′

Gain / Mile:

217′

#20

Smith’s Knob Scramble

Montoursville, PA

Month:

June

Distance:

7 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,534′

Gain / Mile:

219′

Smith’s Knob Scramble Elevation Profile

#19

Eagleton Trail Challenge

Location

Month:

April

Distance:

5.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,386′

Gain / Mile:

257′

Eagleton Trail Challenge 10k Elevation Profile

#18

Sproul 10k

Hyner, PA

Route map for Sproul 10k by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Sproul 10k Profile

Month:

June

Distance:

6.7 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,584′

Gain / Mile:

236′

#17

Macedonia Trail Race

Kent, CT

Month:

September

Distance:

7.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,795′

Gain / Mile:

249′

Macedonia Trail Race Elevation Profile

#16

Lucifer’s Crossing

Ithaca, NY

Lucifer’s Crossing Elevation Profile

Month:

May

Distance:

6.3 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,577′

Gain / Mile:

248′

#15

Tiadaghton Trail 10k

Jersey Shore, PA

Month:

November

Distance:

5.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,415′

Gain / Mile:

244′

Tiadaughton Trail Challenge 10k Elevation Profile

#14

Rock ‘N The Knob 10k

Claysburg, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

6.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,405′

Gain / Mile:

227′

Rock ‘N The Knob Trail Challenge 10k Elevation Profile

#13

TARC Blue Hills Skyline

Milton, MA

Month:

July

Distance:

7.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,853′

Gain / Mile:

244′

TARC Blue Hills Skyline 12k Elevation Profile

#12

Wicked Tough 10k

Camden, ME

Month:

September

Distance:

6.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,670′

Gain / Mile:

269′

#11

Gunstock Trail Festival Peak to Peak

Gilford, NH

Month:

June

Distance:

6 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,758′

Gain / Mile:

293′

#10

Kismet Cliff Little Beast

North Conway, NH

Month:

September

Distance:

5 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,416′

Gain / Mile:

289′

Kismet Cliff Run 5 Mile Little Beast Elevation Profile

#9

Soapstone Assault

Somers, CT

Month:

August

Distance:

5.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,572′

Gain / Mile:

308′

Soapstone Assault Elevation Profile

#8

Mahoosuc Ridge to River

Sunday River, ME

Mahoosuc Ridge To River 10k Elevation Profile

Month:

September

Distance:

6.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,183′

Gain / Mile:

316′

#7

Battle of Bristol Mountain

Canandaigua, NY

Month:

July

Distance:

6.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,506′

Gain / Mile:

380′

Battle at Bristol Mountain 10k Elevation Profile

#6

Waterville Valley Mountain Race

Waterville Valley, NH

Month:

September

Distance:

6.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,770′

Gain / Mile:

401′

Waterville Mountain Race Elevation Profile

#5

Cranmore Mountain Race

North Conway, NH

Month:

October

Distance:

6.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,486′

Gain / Mile:

401′

Cranmore Mountain Race Elevation Profile

#4

Swain Mountain Race

Swain, NY

Swain Mountain Race Elevation Profile

Month:

August

Distance:

5.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,094′

Gain / Mile:

402′

#3

Loon Mountain

Lincoln, NH

Month:

July

Distance:

6 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,794′

Gain / Mile:

466′

Loon Mountain Race Elevation Profile

#2

Mohawk Mountain Race

Cornwall, CT

Mohawk Mountain 10k Elevation Profile

Month:

October

Distance:

6.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,814′

Gain / Mile:

447′

#1

Marshak’s Mountain Race

Wilmington, NY

Month:

August

Distance:

7.3 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,999′

Gain / Mile:

685′

Whiteface Marshak’s Mountain Race Elevation Profile
RankEventTownStateMonthStravaPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileageGain Per MileDivision
21Fire on the RocksMcElhattanPAMarch154612361411145114116.521710k
20Smith’s Knob ScrambleMontoursvillePAJune15891391157515791534721910k
19Eagleton Trail ChallengeLock HavenPAApril151312001421141113865.425710k
18Sproul 10KHynerPAJune159616001690145015846.723610k
17Macedonia Trail RaceKentCTSeptember186417251877171217957.224910k
16Lucifer’s CrossingIthacaNYMay144716231614162315776.3524810k
15Tiadaghton Trail 10kJersey ShorePANovember139014821430135914155.824410k
14Rock ‘N The Knob Trail 10kClaysburgPASeptember148713581378139514056.222710k
13TARC Blue Hills SkylineMiltonMAJuly199415811955188118537.624410k
12Wicked Tough 10kCamdenMESeptember172416141719162316706.226910k
11Gunstock Trail Festival Peak to Peak ChallengeGilfordNHJune18651633177517601758629310k
10Kismet Cliff Little Beast 5 MileNorth ConwayNHSeptember143413021460146614164.928910k
9Soapstone AssaultSomersCTAugust170514171522164515725.130810k
8Mahoosuc Ridge to River 10kSunday RiverMESeptember235820302172217121836.931610k
7Battle at Bristol Mountain 10kCanandaiguaNYJuly263224842467244125066.638010k
6Waterville Valley Mountain RaceWaterville ValleyNHSeptember322929623054183327706.940110k
5Cranmore Mountain RaceNorth ConwayNHOctober258022902477259624866.240110k
4Swain Mountain RaceSwainNYAugust210020172146211220945.240210k
3Loon MountainLincolnNHJuly31862952305119872794646610k
2Mohawk Mountain RaceCornwallCTOctober283128082779283628146.344710k
1Whiteface – Marshak’s Mountain RaceWilmingtonNYAugust5,11549784925497849997.368510k
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