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Trail Section No. 2
Deer Lake Road Aid Station No. 1 to South Camp Road Aid Station No. 2
Km 44.4 to Km 34.2

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Start point: Km 44.4 (5.6)—Aid Station No. 1, Deer Lake Road, 1,427 feet
End point: Km 34.2 (15.8)—Aid Station No. 2, South Camp Road, 1,392 feet
Length: 10.2 km

Elevation Data
Ascending: + 449 feet
Descending: - 487 feet
Change: - 38 feet
Minimum: 1,332 feet
Maximum: 1,584 feet


Aid Station No. 1 (Deer Lake Road) at Km 44.4 (5.6, 1,427 feet) is situated about 300 meters east of Deer Lake Road. No parking is available.

From the aid station, racers will ski down a slight draw along a ridgeline to their left until they cross under a power line at Km 43.1 (6.9, 1,343 feet).

At Km 42.9 (7.1, 1,332 feet), racers will have reached the section's lowest elevation point. Almost immediately, they'll begin a series of difficult ascents—about 250 feet in all and known collectively as Three Steps—as they work their way up into the Zhulkie Range.

At Km 41.6 (8.4, 1,584 feet) racers will have reached the top of the Zhulkie Range, and the section's highest elevation point.

After clearing Zhulkie Pass at Km 40.8 (9.2, 1,561 feet), a long downhill traverse will bring racers to the Zhulkie Creek crossing at Km 39.0 (11.0, 1,424 feet).

Once across the creek, racers will continue working their way through the Range's foothills until they break out onto the plains of the Little Dead River Valley, adjacent to the South Camp Road at Km 35.8 (14.2, 1,368 feet).

Another 1,500 meters of relatively flat skiing will bring racers to Aid Station No. 2 (South Camp Road) at Km 34.2 (15.8, 1,392 feet), which is located adjacent to the east side of South Camp Road. Crewed by members of the Ishpeming Pioneer Kiwanis Club, it has roadside parking.

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The maps and elevation profile charts are not drawn to exact scale. Route locations, distances, elevations, features, statistics, and descriptions are approximate, and do not include the latest changes or reroutes. USGS base map features are not current. As with any human endeavor, this map and chart are subject to omissions, inaccuracies, and errors. While efforts were made to make them reasonably correct, they must not be used for navigational purposes—they are intended for general reference on race day only. Consult race officials for the latest course changes and reroutes as well as current ice conditions, hazards, advisories, etc.

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