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Trail Section No. 5
County Road 510 Aid Station No. 4 to Bismark Creek Aid Station No. 5
Km 24.0 to Km 17.3

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Start point: Km 24.0 (26.0)—Aid Station No. 4, County Road 510, 1,467'
End point: Km 17.3 (32.7)—Aid Station No. 5, Bismark Creek, 1,138'
Length: 6.7 km

Elevation Data
Ascending: +290 feet
Descending: -624 feet
Change: -334 feet
Minimum: 1,123 feet
Maximum: 1,473 feet


Aid Station No. 4 (County Road 510) at Km 24.0 (26.0, 1,467 feet) straddles Country Road 510. No parking is available.

From the aid station, racers descend to Bismark Creek at Km 23.1 (26.9, 1,362 feet) before climbing into the Mead Highlands, reaching the section's high elevation point at Km 22.4 (27.6, 1,473 feet).

Racers will get their first glimpse of Lake Superior as they descend 250 feet from the high point to cross Club Creek at Km 20.9 (29.1, 1,211 feet).

Bismark Creek is crossed again at Km 18.2 (31.8, 1,140 feet), and one of its tributaries is crossed at Km 17.6 (32.4, 1,123 feet), before racers reach Aid Station No. 5 (Bismark Creek) at Km 17.3 (32.7, 1,138 feet), which is located on a plateau at the western limit of the Forestville Plains. No parking is available.

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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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