This is a pretty simple 6-mile race course. You go up the mountain and then you come down. Simple. But kinda hard.
Runners start out running up the Gnar Gnar trail. Yes, it’s gnarly steep. About a mile up, you’ll head over on the Low Road for 1.5 miles. Then it is up again, on Horse Trail and Skyline Road to the top. You’ll take in the stunning view of Mt. Hood before heading down on the Sunrise Trail and then it’s back down Gnar Gnar to the finish.
Click to open the interactive Gnar Gnar map so you can play around the route.
There is almost 2,000 feet of gain and loss in this race. You reach the top in 3.5 miles and the bottom in 2.5 miles. Lung-burner going up and quad-burner coming down!
There is one aid station at the top, where you turn around. It has water, GU electrolyte drink, and GU gels. We’re cupless so don’t forget to bring your own cup.
The course closes at 10:15 am. All runners must leave the top of Gnar Gnar by 10:00 am. Anyone who doesn’t make this cutoff will ride back down with the volunteers… or you can take the Alpine Slide down!