Overview: The Stump Jump is a challenging ultramarathon trail race held annually on the first Saturday of October along the Cumberland Trail... more »
Overview: The Stump Jump is a challenging ultramarathon trail race held annually on the first Saturday of October along the Cumberland Trail... more » just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The course has 3 sections, sections 1 and 3 out to Indian Rockhouse and back, and section 2 Mullen's Cove Loop, which is currently listed separately in the guide. Begin at Shackleford Ridge State Park near Signal Mountain High School and make your way to Mushroom Rock. From Mushroom Rock pick up the white blazes of the CT as the course descends into Suck Creek Gorge. The course crosses North and South Suck Creeks and Suck Creek Road before entering Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. less «
Tips: I usually park at the pavilion at the back of the park and enter the trail at the gravel lot on right. Go left on the trail and head... more » downhill. Carry water, food, and proper clothing for the time of year. Watch the weather forecast, you will be out for hours with little chance of shelter. There is water at Suck Creek North and South year-round, but don't count on any other sources. The suspension bridge over Suck Creek is always fun and there are some great views of the Tennessee River Gorge along the route. There are several rocky sections including stream crossings. Most of the course is shaded. less «
As soon as you duck into the woods you are on the blue trail. Yes, blue blazes. Stay left at first intersection and the gravel path will head to the right. You are running in a clockwise direction for a lap around the park. The path is generally wide enough for side-by-side running. There are a couple of wooden bridges and several rocky water... More crossings. There are minorly rocky sections throughout so don't get lulled into the gravel path mindset and Superman.LessMore Less
I screwed up the track at this point by taking a right towards covered bridge instead of left staying on blue. Both trails come back together and I don't know that there is much of a distance difference in route. I don't have a picture of intersection but checked with the RD and he says left is correct. First intersection stay left.
In this section there is a trail coming in from left, that is the 11-mile course out to Edward's Point. The trail markings are now 3 colors. Blue, Yellow and Orange. I think the Red is a boundary. Stay on blue for SJ 50K.
I thought this was interesting. Quiet Hill? You climb a hill behind football field. A couple of switchbacks up and down, a couple of more bridges and creek crossings. Time to think about making your move. You are about to hit the ATV road.
On the way back you'll hate this section. It seems to never end. I remember it from 2008 and it sucks.
Left turn at T intersection. This next section is pretty level.
On the way back it is the 3d right. If you are training do not take the 1st or 2d or you will miss the park and be on your way to Edward's.
The decent from Mushroom Rock is technical with rocks, roots, and tight turns. About halfway there is a large rock wall with a 30' drop to your left. Pay attention and keep moving.
The CTC has recently done some work to improve the trail with new rock steps, a leveled running surface and border rocks to define turn number 1.
At the bottom of the descent is a campground. Last year there was a group of 6 camped out when 500 runners came storming through. Yeah, that'll wake you up.
On the way back many runners have gone straight off bridge and started to climb. Yes, there are trails, but not the CT. Look for course markings and, when training, look for the white blazes.... More Go right off bridge through camp on the way back.Less
At the top of the first climb you come to a rock wall with a boulder in the middle of the path. There is a narrow path between the two. The path goes slightly upward from there and then levels off for about a half mile across the plateau before descending to Suck Creek Road. One of the 2012 runners, Scott Hodukavich sent this raceday shot.
Once leaving Suck Creek Road there is only one trail intersection that can throw you off. You will come to a rocky water crossing .6 miles in. On the opposite side there is a trail going down to left, to Hwy 27, and a trail going slightly up and to right, the CT to Indian Rockhouse. If confused, read the signs and follow app. Normally, a runner... More has his head down and sees the downward or left trail first and goes for it. Big mistake, you are getting an extra mile: half downhill, half uphill. On race day it will be well-marked, but runners still make a wrong turn here every year!LessMore Less
You are close to halfway when you arrive at this rocky section of trail and a set of wooden steps with a metal frame.