I have been thinking of heading over to PA and doing that loop for a bit now. It is about 42 miles right? And do you know the elevation gain and loss for the entire distance? Do you have any Garmin information on it?
Tim, I've done a lot of research into an FKT on the Black Forest Trail, and come up with nothing. Fastest I've seen while prowling the web is around 20 hours. Two years ago a friend and I turned a backpacking trip into a run/hike and did it with no support in 15:23 (but with ~20 pound packs haha). That's the fastest I'd heard of. Definitely an awesome route that I hope more people start posting FKTs on.
Is that time documented? That's fast for that terrain. Not that I doubt you, I just wonder if they would be interested in maintaining an official record of the FKT. I'm thinking of trying it myself but my estimates were closer to 12hrs.
About 15 or so years ago, I hiked/jogged it in around 13 hr 15 min. I got some surprise food support along the way from my folks. Looks like it's not the fkt, but I still remember that day as one of my most enjoyable days in the hills. The BFT is a gem.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2015 14:49:16 GMT -5 by dsmucker
I know this an older post, but I just stumbled upon it. Your time may be the fastest documented thus far, although it's completely believable that someone may have done it considerably faster too. I trained on the course a few years ago running it at a fairly easy pace in 11 and change. At the time I wondered if there was an established FKT, but figured considering my effort, someone had to have done it hard under 10 for sure.
I ran the entire trail unsupported on 6/30/2016 in a time of 9:44:38. I started at 6:00 in the morning and finished just before 4:00pm. My total distance ended up being 45.75 miles instead of 42 because I went too far down a service road and had to backtrack to find the turn I had missed. From what is on this post, I believe that this would be the FKT for the trail. Here is a link to my GPS track: www.movescount.com/moves/move112305936#.V3l8z_nHBYo.link
Anyone know of the fkt for a consecutive two loops of the bft? Has that even been done before? A few friends and I are planning on taking this task on but were wondering if going for the fkt is a reasonable idea or not while hiking it