Cirque Series – Brighton

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Jun 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Cirque Series – Brighton


Brighton UT, 84121


Entry Fee $79
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Prize Money: yes


  • 10K

Series: US Skyrunner Series

Type: Mountain

Participant Limit: 500

Starting Elevation: 8755

High Point: 10648

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2017


6.7 MILES / 3,015′ FT VERT; starts at the base of Brighton, at the Brighton Center (elevation 8755′ ft.), trail goes immediately over to Milly Access road until you start your ascent at base of Milly Express chair. Immediately you start gaining elevation as you run up the service road via Main Street. The steep road treats you to views of beautiful Aspen groves and spruce trees. Not much time to rest here as you gain mid mountain, Easy Street will connect to BackBone Trail, really cool views of Milly Bowl. Continue up the BackBone Trail with a view of Mt. Millicent straight ahead (and a great view of Wolverine Cirque). Once you get to the top of Milly Express, there will be an aid station here, mile 1.8, now the real fun begins, you’ll head straight up Mt. Millicent, the trail consists of big boulders, single track, loose & steep sections that will require use of your hands, yet a very passable path that has seen lots of foot traffic. Incredible views of Wolverine Cirque. Once you have hit the summit of Mt. Millicent (10,452′ ft), you’ll catch your breath, run along the ridge towards the saddle between Mount Wolverine and Mt. Tuscarora, this will be amazing single track and big boulder fields.

This area will be a much welcomed ease of severe climbing you experienced pushing for Mt. Millicent summit. You’ll pass Mt. Tuscarora on your left, begin to make a short, but technical descent to Catherine’s Pass, incredible views of both Alta and Brighton, steep & technical area. Pass Catherine’s Pass, follow the trail along the famous “Rocky Point” ridge as you will have Sunset Peak in your vision for the next summit, very manageable single track. On the summit of Sunset Peak (elevation 10,648′ ft.), you will have amazing views of Lake Catherine, Devils Castle, Timpanogos, and Heber Valley, truly a breathtaking summit. From here you traverse Pioneer Ridge summiting Pioneer Peak (elevation 10,447 ft.) along the way to the top of Crest Express. Pioneer Ridge has an incredible view of Brighton and Heber the entire way. A well established trail will require full concentration as it is steep & loose in spots.

Arrive top of Crest Express, there will be another Aid Station, mile 4.8. Start to descend down service road via Pacific Highway Trail and Powder Alley Trail, until you get back to the vendor area for finish line back at Brighton Center where you started. Please stay on marked & established trails at all times, be courteous of your day hikers out enjoying nature on the same trails. The race course is located on the Salt Lake Ranger District, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Jun 29, 2024

Held on Jul 15, 2023

Held on Jul 16, 2022

Held on Jul 03, 2021

Held on Sep 05, 2020

Held on Jun 29, 2019

Held on Jun 30, 2018

Event Results