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The Traverse

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Due to the time involved in preparing for events we have decided to promote only the Vision Quest and Counting Coup events in 2012. We will not be putting on the Traverse or Toad Festival in 2012. This will allow us to focus on our trail work and advocacy.


There will be no same day registration.

The race will have Intermediate, Expert and Pro classes with the Pro class men and women racing for finishing cash. Pro-Open payout will be based on participation with the minimum payout being $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.

There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group. Pro Women will be combined with Pro Men if we do not get a minimum of 5 participants in their class.


PRO OPEN ($95)

EXPERT ($70)
18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

The event fee includes awards for top finishers, finishing ribbon for all participants, t-shirt and food catered by El Pollo Loco.

course description

40+/- miles, 8,000+/- feet elevation gain

The ride will begin from the end of Black Star Canyon Road at 7:00 AM. You will ride up Black Star Canyon Road to the Main Divide Road and at this point you will traverse the Santa Ana Mountain range via the Main Divide Road hitting all the peaks (including Modjeska and Santiago Peaks) until you get to Upper Holy Jim. After descending UHJ you continue on the main divide until you intersect with the Trabuco Canyon Trail. You will then descend down the Trabuco Canyon Trail to Trabuco Creek Road and out 4 miles to the finish line at Trabuco Canyon Road. You must reach Aid Station 1 located at the intersection of Maple Springs Road and the Main Divide Road (4 corners) by 11:00 a.m. to be allowed to finish the course. You must also reach the bottom of Upper Holy Jim by 12:30 p.m. to be allowed to finish the course. If you do not make the cutoff times and refuse to return to the staging area you have violated the terms of your participation and the Warrior's Society will no longer responsible for your safety. Your emergency contact will be called and notified that they will be assuming all responsibility your safety.

additional info

The Traverse will be a fundraiser for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children.

If you plan on camping out at O'Neill Park the fee is $15.00 dollars a night and are available by reservation (which we suggest you make ASAP before they sell out). The day use fees at the park where we are staging at are $5.00. For more information on O'Neill Park see their web site.


» Traverse event information (pdf)

Contact: countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

» 2011 Event Writeup and Results
» 2010 Event Writeup and Results
» 2009 Event Writeup and Results
» 2008 Event Writeup and Results
» 2007 Event Writeup and Results


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