10 Most Rugged Trail Running Spots in the U.S.

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10 Most Rugged Trail Running Spots in the U.S.

From a rugged, ultra-muddy backcountry path in New Hampshire, to a lung piercing, single-track in New Mexico, we present America’s finest and toughest trail runs — totally worth it, but guaranteed to kick your butt.

Location: New York
Distance: Adaptable

The 950-mile Finger Lakes Trail System shoots through New York’s Catskill Mountains and offers hundreds of awesome single and double track carved between 11 lakes south of Lake Ontario. Run any section and you can’t go wrong, but perhaps the best running terrain in the network exists near Seneca Lake. The Finger Lakes National Forest borders the lake and has over 30 miles of off shooting trails that crisscross through small canyons, cascading waterfalls, wide meadows, and heavily wooded forest. If you want a well-marked section go for The Interlaken Trail, a 12-miler that takes you past two ponds. Otherwise, be inventive.

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