The Mt Hood 50 is a heavily shaded 50-mile race that is run almost entirely on the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots. Runners will start by running North from the Clackamas Ranger Station to the Frog Lake Aid Station, just before Highway 26. They will then return to the start/finish and head South to the Warm Springs Meadows Aid Station, where they will turn around and head back to the finish. Total elevation gain is approximately 5,630 feet.
The 50-Mile race is on Saturday, July 14, 2018
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$120 (1/8 – 1/12) Lottery Open
$135 (1/14 – 2/27)
$140 (2/28 – 7/9)
$150 (Day of race, if space available)
Optional shirt is available for purchase during registration. Shirts are available until June 1.
The Mt Hood 50 race fills up quickly so we use a lottery to give more people an opportunity to enter. Registration will begin on January 8th and will stay open til the 12th. We will draw 150 names from all that register and publish those on January 13. Those not selected are placed onto the wait list in the order they are drawn. Registration will reopen, for the wait list, on January 14.
Please note that there are no transfers to other runners. If you need to cancel your registration and it’s more than 30 days prior to the race, you will receive a 50% credit toward a future Go Beyond Racing race. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or no transfer. See our full cancellation policy for details.
Do you want to run the 50M on Saturday and the 50K on Sunday? You will need to sign up and get into both the 50K and 50M. There is not a lottery for the 50K, but the race will fill up very quickly. There is no way to bypass the 50M lottery or 50K registration. You must register for both.
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The race will start at 6:00 a.m. There is no early start.
There are two cutoffs. Runners must leave the Start/Finish Aid Station by 1:00 p.m. (mile 28). The second cutoff is at the Warm Springs Aid Station (mile 39) at 4:00 p.m.
If you miss the 4:00 pm cutoff, you will be asked to return to the Start/Finish with the aid station volunteers.
Aid stations are stocked with GU gels, GU electrolyte drink, chips, PB&Js, pickles, gummy bears and other ultra fare. Please bring your own aid and utilize your drop bags if you have special needs.
Go Beyond Racing is cupless. You’ll need to bring your own cup for liquid aid at all aid stations. You can refill bladders and bottles too. Read more about what it means to be cupless.
|Aid Station||Total Distance||Full Aid||Porta-Potty||Drop Bag|
|Little Crater Lake||6.0||Yes||No||No|
|Little Crater Lake||22.4||Yes||No||No|
|Red Wolf Pass||33.7||Yes||No||No|
|Red Wolf Pass||44.7||Yes||No||No|
Place your drop bags in the appropriate drop bag area at the Start/Finish by 5:30 a.m. the morning of the race. Drop bags are returned to the Start/Finish after the Aid Stations close.
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:
Check-in and day of race bib pick-up takes place at the Start/Finish area at Clackamas Ranger Station from 5:00 am – 5:45 am on July 8. All runners must check in and get their bib the morning of the race.
Our USFS permits strictly limit the number of runners on the trails so pacers are not allowed in the Mt Hood 50.
Join runners, volunteers and family members for some delicious post-race food, with Red Duck pulled pork sandwiches and veggies burgers at the finish! We will have some great awards from our sponsors for the top-3 and top masters. All runners will have a great chance of scoring some great products from our sponsors in the post-race raffle!
The Start/Finish will be at the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Station, near Timothy Lake, and approximately 20 miles south of Mt. Hood. (45.0986, -121.7513)
From Portland, take Hwy 26 towards Mt Hood, drive past Government Camp and continue ten miles past the Hwy 35/Hwy 26 intersection to Hwy 42 (also marked as Skyline Rd and Timothy Lake). The Hwy 42 turnoff is close to the 66-mile mark on Hwy 26. The Clackamas Ranger Station is 10 miles down Hwy 42, 1/4 mile past Hwy 42/Hwy 57 intersection on Hwy 42.
The Mt. Hood area has some great places to camp and Timothy Lake has more than 150 campsites. Below is a list of the closest campgrounds.
Clackamas Lake (closest to start – 1/2 mile), Oakfork on Timothy Lake, Gone Creek on Timothy Lake, Pine Point on Timothy Lake, Little Crater Lake (aid station on course about mile 6), HoodView On Timothy Lake. To reserve, click on one of the links above, or call 877-444-6777, or go to www.reserveamerica.com. Please note that the USFS strongly discourages camping outside of established campsites. No camping is allowed at the Clackamas Lake Guard Station Compound.
The nearest motels are in Government Camp, OR (21 miles from start).
Parking is allowed off road on portions of Forest Service Road 42 (FS42) near the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Compound (Start/Finish). Signs will be posted and volunteers will help direct you. No parking is allowed on on either side of FS42 at the Pacific Crest Trailhead adjacent to Joe Graham Campground. No parking is allowed on either side of FS 42 from the event entrance to Joe Graham Campground.
We do have a few rules that apply to all Go Beyond Racing races. Be sure you are familiar with them.
Need help getting ready for this race? Talk to our friends at Wy’east Wolfpack. They provide excellent coaching and training services.
The 2018 Mt Hood 50 Mile provides 4 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. The 2018 50K is worth 2 points.