Where in the world do you want to go ultrarunning? This is my bucket list for places that I would like to go. Some are already planned, while others will depend on future work, vacation and family plans. Please share with me your thoughts on your bucket list or places I need to go for an amazing ultrarunning destination!
I love to get recommendations and will share where they came from!
I first read about Haleakalā on @natgeotravel’s Instagram page. It looks like a run can be strung together completely within the National Park. In particular, The Sliding Sands Crater takes you deep into the crater for what looks to be an epic experience. Only about an hour drive from the airport makes it possible to get in an ultrarun in a day.
The American Discovery Trail cuts through the Garden of the Gods that has some of the most unique rock formations in the American Midwest. Being just a short drive from my home (in US terms, about 6 hours), this would make an excellent choice for a 24 hour overnight adventure. The Backpacker site describes a 23 mile point to point hike that could easily be extended into 50k territory.
The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is a 223 mile (359 km) continuous hiking trail through Oklahoma and Arkansas. A good base for a run looks to be the lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park that is situated at the top of Rich Mountain, the highest point on the trail. There are also some ultras that use the trail, so will need to do some additional research to find the best 50k or so stretch to cover.