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
NOTE: The below map is from 2016. The trails around Timothy Lake have changed a bit and the distances on the map are not accurate any longer. 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 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 alongside Olallie Lake on a jeep road before getting onto trail #712 at Horseshoe Lake. From trail #712, you’ll turn south onto the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) til you get to the road #4220 where the aid station is.
You have a big downhill, 1900′ drop, down Forest Road #4220 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 some of 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, you’ll turn right and go south back to the first aid station.
You’ll run back the way you started, north on the PCT and turn right onto the #712 trail and back to the jeep road. The course then heads back north 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 600 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 for 850 ft. 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 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!
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||5.3||26.1||305||863||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.
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.
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.