Troy’s California Trail Runs

Carina Kool Trail Marathon
at Sly Park

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Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location:Sly Park Recreation Area
Pollock Pines, CA
Race Distances:Marathon
Start Time:8:00 AM

About the Race

This event is held at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, and it’s held under special use permit with the El Dorado National Forest. The course follows the trails surrounding Jenkinson Lake through endless pine trees.

The race is held rain or shine.

Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


Registration fees are as follows:

Active military receive a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $20.00 if they register by Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Online registration is available through the morning of the race.



All runners in each race receive a certificate for finishing the race.


Results are posted here after the race.

Course Information

Most of the trails are single track with gently rolling hills, and other parts are flat and wide. Small portions of the course are on pavement. All of the races start with an easy quarter mile downhill on a gravel road followed by a very steep quarter mile climb on a single track trail. After the first half mile, the trails are relatively flat as they follow near the shore of Jenkinson Lake in a counterclockwise direction. There are some technical sections with plenty of rocks and roots.

One complete loop around the lake on the hiking trail is 8.5 miles. This trail is marked with pink ribbons. There is also a horse trail that loops around the lake, sometimes joining up with the hiking trail. This loop is 9.5 miles long, and it is marked with orange ribbons.

The marathon course makes two complete counterclockwise loops around the lake, followed by one clockwise loop. The first loop follows the 8.5 mile course on the hiking trail, and the second loop follows the 9.5 mile horse trail. The last loop follows the horse trail backward.

Course Map
Trail Run at Sly Park Course Map

The course is well-marked with colored ribbons. Signs are posted at important intersections and turnaround locations. Mile marker signs are posted for some distances.

The elevation profile for the 8.5 mile loop is shown below. (Click for a larger view.)

Trail Run at Sly Park Elevation Profile

Aid Stations

There are two aid stations located on opposite ends of the lake. One is at the start/finish area, and the other is at the Hazel Creek area.

Plenty of refreshments are available at the event center for all runners.

Directions and Parking

From Highway 50, take the Sly Park Rd exit (Exit 60). Go south on Sly Park Rd for about five miles, and turn left on Mormon Emigrant Trail. After passing over a small dam and spillway, there will be two driveways on the left side of the road. Turn into the second driveway leading to the event center and park in the gravel lot. A sign will be posted.

Race registration and check-in is located inside the event center. The start/finish area is located across Mormon Emigrant Trail from the event center and down a gravel road a little bit. Bathrooms are available at the event center and along the course in the campground areas.

Lodging in Pollock Pines

Westhaven Inn
5658 Pony Express Trail
(530) 644-7800

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