Paul Smith's College is hosting the third annual Jenkins Mountain Scramble Saturday, May 25th.The races will be run on the network of wooded trails on the college owned Visitors Interpretive Center, located in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York.The VIC is a vital community resource for environmental education, recreation, and the arts. All proceeds from the race will be used to support its mission.
Course Description: Variety is the best word to describe the course. Both runs begin by winding their way for about a half mile around the grounds adjacent to the main VIC building. For the next 4 ½ miles the course follows a network of well defined trails that are part of the VIC trail system. These are generally 6-7 ft wide trails on a mulched surface. They also include some wooden boardwalks that traverse bog/swamp areas. The next section is primarily on narrow single track. It includes a short “trail less” section. The course runs along side the shoreline of Black and Long Ponds and climbs the trail to the summit of Jenkin’s Mt. at the 10 ½ mile mark. The one-mile decent is steep, uneven and trail less. It descends through mixed hardwoods and runs along a slope that was once the college’s alpine ski area in the early 1960’s. From the bottom it’s a little less than 2 miles on the rolling terrain of Jenkins Mountain Road to the finish.
The 10K run also starts at the entrance to the VIC building and continues for approximately 3.5 miles over gently rolling terrain on mulched trails. The next section is narrow single track and runs along the shoreline of Black and Long ponds until the intersection with the Jenkins Mountain Road. From this point it is 1.5 miles to the finish.