Due to nearby forest fires, the 2017 course is rerouted to avoid a closed area. The new route is 99.4 miles and involves all of the same trails, with the exception of Forest Road #4220.
We’ve left links to the original/previous years’ maps below as they are still accurate for the northern portion of the course and are helpful for crew.
The map links below show the course in sections and include course descriptions, crew driving directions and instructions and aid station details. These 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, and heads south along Olallie Lake on a jeep road before getting onto trail #712 at Horseshoe Lake.
With the 2017 reroute, you will connect with the PCT after a short run on #712 and head south toward the original aid station at the Breitenbush campground. You will stop before hitting Forest Road #4220 at the Turnaround, and head back north on the PCT, connecting to trail #719. From here you’ll run mostly downhill past beautiful lakes before coming out onto Forest Road #380, where you’ll head to the new Scorpion (named after the fire near Detroit) aid station at Highway 46.
From the aid station, you turn around and head back the way you came. At the PCT and trail #712 junction, you’ll head east toward Horseshoe Lake, instead of repeating the out and back to the Turnaround.
The course heads back north on the jeep road along Olallie Lake providing clear views of Olallie Lake and Olallie Butte.
Continuing north, the course skirts Olallie Butte on the PCT. You’ll drop down on a connector trail to the aid station.
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 downhills, mixed with some rocky sections, and some views of Mt Hood.
After a short climb, you’ll enjoy a sustained downhill on the PCT to the next aid station.
Drop an additional ~500 ft and cross the Warm Springs River before an ascent of ~900 ft. 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 drops over this section a total of ~850ft. 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 the lake before returning to Aid Station 12. Although this section is seems flat, there are several quick ups and downs with short technical sections that can be trickier than expected.
From here, it’s a straight return on the PCT, with the short connectors to get to Olallie Meadows, and then on to the finish!
The below numbers are for the original course. The 2017 course is a reroute and will vary slightly from these:
11,606 feet of gain and 12,026 feet of 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, Glukos drink, and GU gels. There is also warm food available during the night.
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 two cutoffs – a 12:00 a.m. (midnight) cutoff at Clackamas Ranger Station (mile 55) and a 5:00 a.m. cutoff at Clackamas Ranger Station (mile 71). 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.
Crew is allowed at the following Aid Stations:
Crew and vehicles are not allowed at the following aid stations:
AS1/3, AS 2, AS6, AS7, AS8, AS10, AS13, AS14 or AS15.
Pacers are only allowed to start at the Clackamas Aid Station – as runners pass thru during their 1st (mile 55) or 2nd (mile 71) time thru the aid station.
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 26.1 – Olallie Lake Aid Station (AS4).
Pacers are responsible for their own transportation.