New for 2019, we are giving you more lakes to run around. The race is called Mountain Lakes 100 and so you should probably run around or near as many lakes as possible. This year, we are starting the race differently than in past years. Instead of immediately heading south on that bumpy forest road, you’ll go clockwise around most of Olallie Lake, and then on the northern end of Monon Lake before rejoining the the forest road. We’ve also eliminated that out and back section to get to the former third aid station. Now, your first and third aid station are at Horseshoe Lake. This aid station move also makes that section between aid #2 and #3 a bit shorter (you’re welcome!). Finally, your route to aid station #4 takes you around the southern and eastern sides Monon Lake. Once you get to the fourth aid station, the rest of the course is the same as previous years.
This Caltopo map is the best way to see the course and you can zoom in and out, move around, change layers and play with: Online Interactive Course Map
Refer to the aid station chart below for the actual race distances. These distances come from maps, not GPS readings. Everyone’s GPS watch will report different distances. The map links below show the course in sections and are best printed in landscape format, ideally on 11X17.
This map link is the four sections above combined into one document and shows the entire course on one page and is a very large file. Be patient if you download it:
The course starts at the north end of beautiful Olallie Lake, at the Olallie Lake Resort picnic area, and heads north for a minute before turning east to run around most of the lake. You then run along the northern side of Monon lake, which include some fun boardwalks, before getting onto the Forest Service road #4220 south to the aid station at Horseshoe Lake.
Leaving the aid station, you’ll run on the Horseshoe Saddle trail #712 to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where you turn south. You’ll catch some great views of Mt. Jefferson before you connect with Forest Service road #4220 again. You have a big downhill here, 1900′ drop, down to the Powerline aid station. Don’t blow out your quads!
From the aid station, you’ll go north on Forest Road #380 to the Red Lake trail. Here’s where you’ll gain back that elevation and encounter the most technical part of the course. It is also some of the most scenic as there are a lot of lakes you’ll run right next to. At the PCT junction, you’ll turn right and go south back to the Horseshoe Saddle trail where you’ll come back to the aid station.
Run north on the Forest Service road #4220 til you get to the south end of Monon Lake. Here you’ll turn right to go around this lake, repeating the northern portion you ran on your way out in the morning. When you get back to #4220, it’s just a short run, alongside Olallie Lake, to the fourth aid station.
Continuing north, the course skirts Olallie Butte, on the PCT. You’ll drop down on a connector trail to the aid station at the parking lot.
Leaving the aid station, you’ll take a different connector back to the PCT. This section of the course is the most remote and has some nice uphills and downhills, mixed with some rocky sections. You’ll have some views of Mt Hood too.
After a short climb, you’ll enjoy a sustained downhill on the PCT to the next aid station.
Drop an additional 600 feet and cross the Warm Springs River before an ascent of 900 feet. The climb seems long. The trail eventually flattens out, passing clear cuts on the east side. You then drop slightly to the aid station, on the north side of power lines.
The trail descends over this section for 850 feet. It is gradually but noticeable. You could definitely make up time on this section if your legs have some reserves in them (but save them for the return trip to the finish). You will hear cheers as you near the aid station from volunteers and crew.
After dropping down to lake level, this section of the course stays close to Timothy lake before returning to Aid Station 12. You’ll visit the Little Crater Lake aid station via a short out-and-back, and then experience a glowing Dam aid station. Although this portion of the course seems flat, there are several quick ups and downs with short technical sections that can be trickier than expected.
From here, it’s a return on the PCT where you’ve already run, with the short connectors to get to Olallie Meadows, and then on to the finish!
10,800 feet of gain and loss.
All aid stations are stocked with the usual ultra food (i.e. chips, PBJ, fruit, cookies, crackers, candy), in addition to S-Caps, water, GU Hydration, and GU gels. There is also warm food (chicken and veggie broth, mashed potatoes) available during the night.
|Crew Access||Porta-Potty||Drop Bag||Cutoff|
|Olallie Lake||4.8||26.1||126||497||Yes||Yes||Yes||4:00 pm|
|Clackamas Ranger Station||5.3||55.5||39||843||Yes||Yes||Yes||12:00 am|
|Little Crater Lake||6.0||61.5||102||249||No||No||No|
|Timothy Lake Dam||4.9||66.4||154||151||Yes||No||No|
|Clackamas Ranger Station||4.0||70.4||220||82||Yes||Yes||Yes||5:00 am|
All aid stations are cupless; bring your own drinking cup/vessel if you want to take liquid aid. You can refill bladders and bottles. Read more about Go Beyond Racing going cupless.
There are three cutoffs:
Runners that do not depart prior to the cutoffs are not allowed to continue.
There are two drop bag locations; aid station 4, 9 and 12. Nine and 12 are at the same spot, so you’ll hit that drop bag twice. There is a designated area for drop bags at the start. Drop bags are returned to the finish by 2 p.m. Sunday.
Because drop bags are transported a few different times during a race, here are some best practices and restrictions around the size, quantity, and contents for Go Beyond Racing races.
Runners are allowed ONE crew vehicle. The course doesn’t requires two crew vehicles to support the racer and there is just not enough parking at the Clackamas Ranger Station or at Olallie Lake.
Crew vehicles must display their Crew Pass on the dashboard at all times during the race. These are picked up at bib pickup at Olallie and at the Clackamas Ranger aid station.
Crew is allowed only at the following Aid Stations:
Crew and vehicles are not allowed at the following aid stations:
AS1/3, AS6, AS7, AS8, AS10, AS13, AS14 or AS15.
Runners whose crew access them anywhere on the course other than at the crew-accessible aid stations are disqualified. Make sure your crew know this!
There is no internet or cell coverage at the race, so do not plan to access this page and click these links while at the race – you won’t be able to. Use them before you leave internet coverage and print or screen shot.
Printable document with all the step-by-step driving directions
Pacers are only allowed to start at the Clackamas Aid Station – as runners pass thru during their first (mile 55) or second (mile 70) time thru the aid station. Due to our permit restrictions, runners are not able to pick up someone to run from Olallie Meadows to the finish. However, your favorite person can wait for you just north of the Resort, where the PCT comes out onto road #4220, and run with you to the finish line from there.
Pacers must pick up Pacer Bibs and sign a waiver at the Clackamas Aid Station prior to joining their runner. All Pacers must wear their Pacer Bib at all times when on course. If multiple Pacers are used to support a runner, the Pacer Bib must always be on the Pacer that is with the runner on course. Runners are allowed only one pacer to run with them at a time.
Muling is permitted.
Any runner older than 60 years of age can have a pacer beginning at mile 26 – Olallie Lake Aid Station (AS4).
Pacers are responsible for their own transportation.