Robinson Flat

A well-earned hour-hold awaits you at Robinson Flat vet check (6,730 ft)

There are few places along the trail to really move out, but the Soda Springs Road between Red Star Ridge and Robinson Flat is one of them. If your horse is feeling fresh, you can make good time along here and gobble up this stretch in an hour. By the time you arrive, you are more than ready for a break.  Robinson Flat is the first place along the trail that crews are allowed and they line the dirt road for several hundred feet as you arrive, anxiously watching to catch a glimpse of their rider - equipped with buckets and sponges, wheeled carts, feed bags, and almost every accoutrement an endurance mount might need.  Your hour-hold starts once you hit the pulse criteria of 60, so getting tack stripped and the horses cooled down as quickly as possible is the order of the day. Once that is achieved, you quickly vet through helped by a slew of vets. Now you can settle your mount in front of a smorgasbord of food and clean up the filthy rider. Enjoy this respite - it’ll be over before you know it and it’ll be time to mount up again. Ride lore has it that you shouldn’t arrive at Robinson Flat in the  top ten, or risk an early pull.

On June 19th to 24th 2016, the American Trail Running Association partnered with the Google Maps team to capture 360 degree panoramic “street-view” imagery of the entire Western States Trail using the Street View Trekker backpack:

Robinson Flat

Robinson Flat is sponsored by
Taylored Tack