Norton sound crossing on the ice this year to Koyuk...
An easy run to Elim on the ice or low ground with little terrain...
Lil McKinley - off the ice it is a steep climb and then several roller coaster type steep hills (The view at night includes Golovin and even Nome on down the coast, awesome). Then a really fun descent down the back side on to another ice covered bay into sleepy Golovin and the across more ice/low land into White Mountain.
The hills in the next area towards Nome are big and get harder and steeper as you head for the Bering Sea. After that an unplowed but sometimes bare road complete with mileage signs (backwards to denote how far you are from Nome) and then Safety Road house.
The last 22 miles changes from year to year. this year they are going over Cape Nome which adds one more climb and about 2-3 miles.
Quite a challenge any year, but even more so with some of the worst weather (warm) in the Iditarod Trail Committee's 33 years.