The 2014 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon took place on August 16th on a creek named Middle Creek, as well as one of its tributaries, East Middle Creek.  The course was an out-and-back run up East Middle Creek.

Course MapMap of the 2014 race course

Elevation Profile
Elevation profile for the out portion of the course (approximately 1000 gain)

Here is some key information about the fisheries in Middle Creek / East Middle Creek, should you wish to hit it up on a training run for 2015:

1)  The first 0.75 miles of the course runs along Middle Creek.  This is the bigger water that you will see on the course, complete with beaver ponds and deep meander bends.  I have caught rainbow, brown, and brook trout in this section of creek.

2)  The main race course headed up East Middle Creek, which is smaller than Middle Creek, but full of brook trout all the way up to the turn-around point.  Many portions of East Middle Creek require tight casts and ninja stealth.

4)  The turn-around point was at the top of that big ass hill.  Once you ran that, you were allowed to deviate from the main course to access additional stream miles on East Middle Creek (of significant note, there are cutthroat trout above the turn-around point, a 2X bonus on your fish time-deduction).

Directions to Middle Creek trailhead:

Head 10 miles west of Saguache, Highway 114 to Forest Road 870 (also called County Road 38EE). Head north on CR38EE until the road forks (less than a mile). Take the right at the fork onto County Road 38FF and travel north about 8 miles until the road dead-ends at the Middle Creek trailhead.

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