Through the first 8 ½ miles, Robie Creek climbs a grueling 2,000+’, then loses over 1,700’ elevation in the last 4 miles. Depending on your body, it's a toss up if the up or the down will be the biggest challenge.
What Makes It Great
The organized Race to Robie Creek touts the route as the “toughest race in the northwest” (and honestly, we won't argue that statement one bit!) but despite this warning, the half marathon sells out every year within minutes. Held on the third Saturday in April each year, more than 2,000 race finishers earn their bragging rights.
Whether or not you run the official event, the route is open almost year-round except in the winter months when it’s covered in snow. So pack up some energy blocks or bars and water, coerce a friend or two to join in for the suffer fest, and head out to Robie.
The official run begins from Fort Boise Park at Military Reserve and climbs up Reserve St. to Shaw Mountain Rd. Climb, climb, and keep on climbing. The road has a few trees along it through the neighborhoods, but as it continues higher, it will be fully exposed; plan for direct sun. Keep climbing up Shaw Mountain Rd as it passes Table Rock Rd. The first 4 miles are on pavement; the last 9 on packed dirt road.
After mile 6, the incline will become even steeper as you begin to wonder whose great idea this was in the first place. The summit of Aldape peaks at just over 4,700’ at mile 9. From the summit, it's a steep descent down to Robie Creek Campground.
Before your run, either arrange for friends to pick you and your running posse up at the campground at a designated time, or leave one of your partner’s cars at the campground for a self-sustained shuttle. Pack accordingly and after your run, drive north on highway 21 to the Springs at Idaho City for a healing soak in their amazing hot springs pool and hot tub. Be sure to order yourself a celebratory poolside beer or cocktail. They also serve a small menu of tasty snacks and sandwiches.
Who is Going to Love It
Because the route is open year round, use it as a practice run for the race or just as a challenging 13 mile training run.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The official run begins from Fort Boise Park at Military Reserve and climbs up Reserve St. to Shaw Mountain Rd.