Wy'east howl

50K from the Hood River Valley to Mt. Hood Meadows!

October 6, 2018



Welcome to the Wy'east Howl, a super scenic point-to-point 50K trail running race from "Valley to Volcano". The course offers all-day views of Wy'east (the native name for Mt. Hood) from the start down in the Hood River Valley all the way up to the finish ON MT. HOOD – the only ultra marathon finishing on the mountain! Wy'east, Oregon's most celebrated volcano, just gets closer and more beautiful as the race progresses! 

This is a very demanding but rewarding course, offering miles of top notch singletrack trails in a diverse mountain environment of forests, meadows and exposed ridgelines. With its amazing scenery, support and amenities, the race provides a unique and thrilling trail race experience.

Runners begin their race day by parking and checking in at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, then riding a shuttle bus down to the pastoral Hood River Valley where the race starts. Back at Mt. Hood Meadows, we'll celebrate each race finisher's accomplishment together with awards, excellent food, craft beverages, music and fun activities with friends and family.


The venerable coach-mentors from presenting sponsor Wy'east Wolfpack inspire their clients to "Get After It!". The Mt. Hood area trails are their playground and the coaching services they provide are sure to prepare anyone for this tough course... plus keep them howling for more adventure! 


Our host sponsor, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort offers a superb staging venue, and will be hosting all the race finish line festivities, provide secure parking, as well as shuttle buses to the start line!  Mt. Hood Meadows offers all the amenities expected of a world-class destination venue, so bring your friends and family to the finish line celebration!


Event Jan 15 - March 15, 2018 March 16 - April 30, 2018 May 1 - Sept 30, 2018 Race Day (If Available)
50K $100 $115 $125 $130
*Race fee does not include a race shirt or other add ons.




  • Bib Pickup & Check-In: 6:00AM-6:45AM (at Mt. Hood Meadows)

  • Shuttles Depart: 6:50AM

  • Race Start: 7:30AM

  • Cut-Off: 2:00PM at High Prairie Aid Station. 6:00PM at Finish Line.


The race is located entirely within the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon, on the eastern and southern sides of the volcano. Staging for the race, including parking and bib pickup, will be at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, east of Government Camp on Hwy 35.

Shuttle buses will transport runners from Mt. Hood Meadows on a 25-minute ride down to the race start at Oak Ridge Trailhead, just outside Parkdale, Oregon. Race participants are required to take the shuttle to the start line. There is no race spectator parking available at the start line. 


  • Google Map directions to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort from Portland. Allow 1.5-2 hours drive time from Portland.

  • Driving directions from Portland: Follow Hwy 26E to Hwy 35N in Government Camp. Continue on Hwy 35N, follow signs to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

  • Nearest major airport is Portland (PDX).


The nearest lodging is in Government Camp, just 5-10 minutes from Mt. Hood Meadows. There are many additional lodging options in the Hood River area as well.


Stay and enjoy Mt. Hood Meadows while we cheer on the race finishers! A post race meal, beverages and live music are available after the race for all participants and volunteers.  Family and friends are invited to stay, eat and drink as well, but will need to order from the menu at Mt. Hood Meadows. 


  • All participants receive a sweet custom award as they finish their race.

  • A raffle of some awesome sponsor swag will be held while runners are out on the course! Prizes will be given to raffle winners as they finish their race.

  • The top 3 female and top 3 male finishers will receive some fantastic awards from our great sponsors.


We post updates and photos and other race-related info on the race's Facebook page pretty often. Just hit the 'like' button on the Wy'east Howl Facebook page to stay in the know.


All 2018 Daybreak Racing event photography will be captured by the rockstars at Pursuit Films!


This is a tough race, hands down. Get the training prep needed for a successful race from Wy'east Wolfpack! They have first-hand knowledge of the courses and provide exceptional training and coaching services. 


Runner health and safety are of utmost importance at all Daybreak Racing events. That's why we coordinate with Adventure Medics, the best outdoor health care providers in the business! 


A portion of race proceeds will be donated to the 44 Trails Association! 44 Trails is actively involved in the planning, building, maintenance and stewardship of the trails used on the course and surrounding trails in Wasco and Hood River Counties and the Columbia River Gorge. 44 Trails is a non-profit 501(c)3 community service corporation, staffed entirely by volunteers and financed by fund-raising events and donations. For more info, visit their website at www.44trails.org


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See the Daybreak Racing Cancellation Policy.

This event is located on the Mt. Hood National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.