The Mt. Hood 50K is a heavily shaded trail race that is run on the Pacific Crest Trail and around Timothy Lake. 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.
The 50K race is on Sunday, July 9, 2017
$90 (Jan 4 – Feb 4)
$100 (Feb 5 – Apr 5)
$110 (Apr 6 – July 4)
$120 (Day of Race, not available if the race is full)
Registration for the 50K is not a lottery. It opens at 7:00 am. Once the race is full, the wait list will open.
Optional shirt is available for purchase during registration. Shirts are available until June 7.
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 cancellation policy for details.
Do you want to run the 50M on Saturday and the 50K on Sunday? You will need to sign up for both the 50K and 50M. The 50M registration must occur before the lottery registration closes on July 11th. During the 50K registration, you will indicate that you want to run the 50/50. By doing this, you will bypass the 50M lottery and get into both races. But remember… you’ll have to run 81 miles that weekend!
Looking for the 50-Mile race?
The race will start at 8:00 a.m.
Runners must leave Little Crater Lake aid station (20.8 miles) by 1:30 pm. If you miss the 1:30 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.
You can see the course description on the second half of the Course & Crewing page.
Aid stations are stocked with Glukos 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. You can refill bladders and bottles too. Read more about what it means to be cupless.
|Aid Station||Total Distance||Full Aid||Porta-Potty|
|Little Crater Lake||6.0||Yes||No|
|Little Crater Lake||20.8||Yes||No|
There are no drop bags for the 50K.
Our USFS permits strictly limit the number of runners on the trails so pacers are not allowed in this race.
Check-in and day of race bib pick-up takes place at the Start/Finish area at Clackamas Ranger Station from 6:30-7:30 am on July 9. All runners must check in and get their bib the morning of the race.
Join runners, volunteers and family members for some great post-race food, with meat and veggie options, at the Start/Finish area while you cheer on the finishers! 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 Historic Compound, near Timothy Lake, and approximately 20 miles south of Mt. Hood.
From Portland, take Hwy 26 towards Mt Hood, drive past Government Camp and continue ten miles past the Hwy35/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 Hwy42, 1/4 mile past Hwy42/Hwy57 intersection on Hwy42.
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.
The Mt. Hood 50K provides 2 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. The 50M is worth 4 points.