Course DescriptionStraight out and back. Both distances follow the same course which is north on the Pacific Crest Trail from Timothy Lake Area to Mt Hood Timberline Lodge for the 50 Milers or 1.5 miles past Wapinitia Pass for the 50K race. It is 99% on the PCT, very shaded, a few road crossings and about half the distance has roots and rocks. The other half is fast with good footing. 5000ft climb for 50 mile and 2000+ft climb for 50K. Course is not certified but distances are accurate within ½ Forest Service Mile. Course closes by 6:30pm. If you want all the details on the course go to the Course Photos page.
Aid StationsThe table below gives the mileage to the aid stations.
The first listing is probably a little off. The 6.1 corresponds to running along the PCT, into the Little Crater Lake aid station, the loop around the campground and back out to the PCT.
Click here for a write up on Aid/Crew Directions .
Approximate course profile
The profile above was created using Delorme Topo USA. I'm not sure about the dip at mile 14, but overall it looks pretty clsoe. Note you can click on the above map to download a higher resolution image.
Rather than depend on the Topo! program to estimate the cumulative elevation gain (something these programs are inherently bad at), in 2003 I ran the course with a watch altimeter and got the following cumulative elevation gains:
A second runner also ran with an altimeter and got about the same gain (within 100ft). I don't have any measured results for the 50K, if anyone ran this with an altimeter, please e-mail Scott.