The first 21 miles of this race are on the 50-mile course. Runners will start by running north from the Clackamas Ranger Station, skirting the eastern edge of Timothy Lake before joining the Pacific Crest Trail. You’ll pass through two aid stations before reaching the Turnaround aid station. You will then return the way you came on the PCT, but will turn onto Timothy Lake trail when you reach the lake, running counter clockwise around it. After one last stop at an aid station at the dam, you’ll head for the finish line. The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots.
Total elevation gain is approximately 2,500 feet.
No crews are needed or allowed for the 50K. Spectators can cheer on runners at the start/finish, the Forest Service Road 58 aid station and the Dam aid station. Spectators cannot provide assistance to a runner. Racers are disqualified if they have spectators at other aid stations.
Directions to FS 58 Aid Station: Leaving the Start/Finish area, go north on Hwy 42. Four miles back up Hwy 42, toward Hwy 26, you turn left onto Forest Service Road 58. Please drive slowly and carefully as this road has giant and deep potholes. Go approximately 5.3 miles down FS 58 to where the PCT crosses this road. FS 58 is paved and goes straight out (no turns), don’t turn down any gravel or paved side roads.
Directions to the Dam Aid Station: Leaving the Start/Finish area, go north on Hwy 42 for 100 yards, turn left at the Y onto Road 57. Drive 3.5 miles to the Dam and park in the public lot.
Runners must leave Little Crater Lake aid station (22.2 miles) by 1:00 pm. If you miss the 1:00 pm cutoff, you will be asked to return to the Start/Finish with the Aid Station volunteers.
This is a running event, sorry no walkers.
Aid stations are stocked with GU electrolyte drink, GU gels, chips and cookies, PB&Js, gummy bears, and other ultra fare.
Go Beyond Racing is cupless. You’ll need to bring your own cup for liquid aid at all aid stations. Read more about what it means to be cupless.
|Aid Station||Segment Distance||Total Distance||Full Aid||Porta-Potty||Cutoff|
|Little Crater Lake||6.0||6.0||Yes||No||No|
|Little Crater Lake||3.2||22.2||Yes||No||1:00|
There are no drop bags for the Mt Hood 50K.
Our USFS permits strictly limit the number of runners on the trails so pacers are not allowed in this race.