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Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast: 25k 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. The 25k distance is long enough to pace, but not long enough to have to fully bury yourself. In the mix below you’ll find PA classics such as Hyner, one of the toughest mile per mile in gain in the nation in Whiteface, and one which truly sets the bar in all regards, Escarpment.

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 25k’s in the Northeast.


#18

Eagleton Trail 25k

Lock Haven, PA

Month:

April

Distance:

14.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,394′

Gain / Mile:

164′

Eagleton Trail Challenge 25k Elevation Profile

#17

Haulin’ in the Holler

Eleanor, WV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoeNWRkf7zc

Month:

November

Distance:

15.2 Miles

Elevation Gain:

2,409′

Gain / Mile:

158′

Haulin’ In the Holler 25k Elevation Profile

#16

Kanawha Trace 25k

Ona, WV

Month:

August

Distance:

16.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,579′

Gain / Mile:

160′

Kanawha Trace 25k Elevation Profile

#15

Groton Forest Trail Run

Groton, VT

Month:

September

Distance:

15.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,489′

Gain / Mile:

158′

Groton Forest Trail 25k Elevation Profile

#14

UROC 25k

Raphine, VA

Route map for UROC 25k by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Month:

May

Distance:

16.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,946′

Gain / Mile:

174′

UROC 25k Elevation Profile

#13

Catamount Trail 25k

Stowe, VT

Month:

June

Distance:

14.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,563′

Gain / Mile:

172′

Catamount Trail 25k Elevation Profile

#12

Interstate 17

Closter, NJ

Interstate 17 Trail Run Elevation Profile

Month:

August

Distance:

17 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,957′

Gain / Mile:

233′


#11

The View 25k

Hyner, PA

Route map for The View 25k by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

The View 25k Elevation Profile

Month:

November

Distance:

15.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,652′

Gain / Mile:

242′


#10

Slate Run 25k

Slate Run, PA

Month:

June

Distance:

16.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,309′

Gain / Mile:

196′

Slate Run 25k Elevation Profile

#9

Rothrock Trail Challenge

Boalsburg, PA

Month:

May

Distance:

16.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,456′

Gain / Mile:

206′

Rothrock Challenge Elevation Profile

#8

Green Monster

Wellsboro, PA

Month:

October

Distance:

16.7 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,608′

Gain / Mile:

216′

Green Monster Trail Challenge 25k Elevation Profile

#7

Tiadaghton Trail Challenge

Jersey Shore, PA

Tiadaghton Trail Challenge 25k Elevation Profile

Month:

November

Distance:

14.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,352′

Gain / Mile:

230′


#6

Iron Mountain

Damascus, VA

Month:

September

Distance:

16.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,789′

Gain / Mile:

226′

Iron Mountain 25k Elevation Profile

#5

Hungry Mother Trail 25k

Marion, VA

Month:

April

Distance:

15.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,650′

Gain / Mile:

240′

Hungry Mother 25k Elevation Profile

#4

Hyner Trail Challenge

Hyner, PA

Month:

April

Distance:

15.9 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,290”

Gain / Mile:

270′

Hyner Trail Challenge 25k Elevation Profile

#3

Call of the Wilds 25k

Waterville, PA

Month:

October

Distance:

16.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,569′

Gain / Mile:

279′

Call of the Wilds 25k Elevation Profile

#2

Escarpment Trail Run

Windham, NY

Month:

July

Distance:

17.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,847′

Gain / Mile:

277′

Escarpment Trail Run Elevation Profile

#1

Whiteface Mountain Race

Wilmington, NY

Month:

August

Distance:

14.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

9,986′

Gain / Mile:

684′

Whiteface Mountain Race (FKA Whiteface Sky Race) Elevation Profile

RankEventTownStateMonthStravaPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileageGain Per MileDivision
18Eagleton Trail ChallengeLock HavenPAApril2550229925692158239414.616425k
17Haulin’ In the HollerEleanorWVNovember2170215823332975240915.215825k
16Kanawha Trace 25kOnaWVAugust2847252626742270257916.116025k
15Groton Forest Trail MarathonGrotonVTSeptember2316233530452258248915.815825k
14UROC 25kRaphineVAMay3099286033272496294616.917425k
13Catamount Trail 25kStoweVTJune2316212528442967256314.917225k
12Interstate 17 Trail RunClosterNJAugust410338093763415139571723325k
11The View 25k (Fall Hyner)HynerPANovember3700342838423638365215.124225k
10Slate Run 25kSlate RunPAJune3249338033833225330916.919625k
9Rothrock Trail ChallengeBoalsburgPAMay3931362238882384345616.820625k
8Green Monster 25kWellsboroPAOctober3683348736683593360816.721625k
7Tiadaghton Trail Challenge Half MarathonJersey ShorePANovember3307330033793422335214.623025k
6Iron Mountain 25kDamascusVASeptember2587286734976205378916.822625k
5Hungry Mother Trail 25kMarionVAApril3024325739304389365015.224025k
4Hyner View Trail Challenge 25kHynerPAApril4400403244824245429015.927025k
3Call Of The Wilds 25kWatervillePAOctober4454446146234736456916.427925k
2Escarpment Trail RunWindhamNYJuly4940481649614670484717.527725k
1Whiteface Mountain RaceWilmingtonNYAugust10,173996098499960798814.654725k
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