The Wy’east Wonder 50K course is possibly the most scenic race you’ll run. There are so many views of Mt. Hood, as you make your way around from the southern side around to the eastern side of this mountain. You are treated to vistas of eastern Oregon’s desert and the Hood River Valley orchards too.
The start of the race is on a double track road. It’s a bit steep, with ~700′ of gain. You’ll start seeing the views of Mt. Hood early on as you make your way on Forest Road 3550. You’ll turn onto the Gunsight trail and run along Gunsight Ridge, heading north and east. You aren’t required to step off the trail a few feet for the iconic ‘gunsight’ view of Mt. Hood, but you’ll probably want to. You can consider this a personal aid station where you pause to eat the GU you were carrying. This section also includes the fun-to-say Gumjuwac Saddle, which is where you’ll leave the Gunsight trail to race on Forest Road 3550 to the first aid station at High Prairie.
Immediately upon leaving the High Prairie Aid Station, you’ll have a really fun downhill through the woods on a brand-new trail. After crossing road 4410, you continue on the Cooks Meadow trail until you get the to aquaduct. This old, buried pipe used to distribute water to The Dalles Watershed. You can still see where it is in places as you curve around to the Aquaduct Aid Station. The Wy’east Wolfpack will greet you when you arrive here.
Now you are running on the Surveryors Ridge! Get ready for many more stunning views of Mt. Hood, as you traverse this ridge through meadows and prairies. You’ll pass Shellrock Mountain and the Badlands Basin and will want to peek at the pinnacles and ridges formed out of the pyroclastic flow from a long-ago Mt. Hood eruption. You will also begin seeing the Hood River valley and all the orchards.
Continuing north on Surveyors Ridge, you’ll run almost 3 mile before reaching the intersection with Oak Ridge trail. Yeah, yeah, there are more views of the valley and the mountain. You will still be tempted to stop to take a picture. The last section on Oak Ridge trail is a sturdy downhill, where you’ll drop almost 2,000′ in a bit over 2.5 miles.
View the 50K course interactive map in Caltopo, where you can change the layers and views, zoom in and out and move around the course. The 50K course is the red track (the blue is for the 50M route).
The course has 4,193′ of gain and 7,122′ of loss.
Aid stations are stocked with GU electrolyte drink, GU gels, chips and cookies, PB&Js, pickles, 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.
Pacers are not allowed in this race.
Crews can access their runners at the Aquaduct aid station. Crew can park on the right side of road 17, south of where the runners cross the road to get to the Super Duper Connector trail, or where directed by volunteers. Runners receiving aid from crew at any other location will be disqualified.
Driving directions to Aquaduct aid station
There is one cutoff in the 50K race. Runners must depart the aid station by the cutoff time to be allowed to continue the race. If you miss the cutoff, you will stay with the volunteers until they close down the aid station and they will transport you to the Red Barn Park.
The cutoff is at 1:30 pm at the Aquaduct aid station (mile 20.5).
There are no drop bags for the 50K.
You can drop the coat, gloves, hat, etc. that you wear on the shuttle to the race start, at the starting line. We will transport these items to Red Barn Park.