Wy'east howl 100K

A grand tour of Mt. Hood and its backcountry ridgelines!

July 25, 2020


The 100K course offers an incredible tour of Mt. Hood proper and its eastern backcountry! The course is a lollipop format, starting and finishing at Mt. Hood Meadows, traveling on amazing and mostly runnable trails and some rugged jeep roads. Assuming the race sells out (which it will), the race will be a 2021 Western States qualifier.

This is an incredibly diverse and scenic mountain course. Runners travel through an assortment of ecological zones, including lush midsummer wildflower meadows, sub-alpine forest, backcountry mountain lakes as well as a fascinating transition zone of Douglas fir/ponderosa pine forest that forms the border between wet western Oregon and dry central Oregon. The race includes 8 aid stations, with 3 offering drop bag and crew access. We have two additional self-serve hydration stations and allowance for pacers from the last aid station to the finish as well.

Most of the course is runnable dirt singletrack, with some long hill climbs, rocky technical sections and a couple loose talus fields. The Timberline Trail and Umbrella Falls Trail on Mt. Hood also have several small creek crossings as well. Awe-inspiring views and superb backcountry await along this challenging course!


  • SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020

  • Bib Pickup & Check-In: 4:00AM-4:45AM (at Mt. Hood Meadows)

  • Start Time: 5:00AM

  • Cut-Off: 10:00PM at Finish Line (17 hours).


Click on the map image to open an interactive course map in Caltopo, or download a .gpx file here


The course includes approximately 11,100’ of elevation gain and 11,100’ of loss over 62.6 miles. 


There are eight aid stations staffed with enthusiastic volunteers offering tasty fuel: Tailwind energy drink, water, soda, gels, Skout bars, bananas, oranges, chips, PB&J sandwiches, and more. All Daybreak races are cupless, so be sure to bring your own cup for liquid at aid stations. 

Aid Station Total Distance (mi) To Next Aid (mi) Crew Pacer Drop Bag Toilet Cutoff
Start - Mt. Hood Meadows 0 7.4 Yes -- -- Yes --
#1 - Bennett Pass 7.4 4.0 Yes No Yes Yes --
#2 - Gunsight 11.4 7.0 No No No No --
#3 - High Prairie 18.4 8.9 No No No No --
#4 - Surveyor's Ridge 27.3 8.1 Yes No Yes Yes 12PM
#5 - High Prairie 35.4 7.0 No No No No 2:30PM
#6 - Gunsight 2 42.4 9.1 No No No No --
#7 - Gunsight 3 51.4 4.0 No No No No --
#8 - Bennett Pass 55.4 7.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes 8PM
Finish - Mt. Hood Meadows 62.6 -- Yes -- -- Yes 10PM


Crew are welcome at Bennett Pass Aid Station (#1 & 8), Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station (#4) and the Start/Finish area only. Parking is limited at Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station. Due to very rough roads and wilderness restrictions, under no circumstances may crew access High Prairie Aid Station or Gunsight Aid Station.

Google Map Driving Directions from Mt. Hood Meadows:


Drop bags will be available at Bennett Pass Aid Station (#1 & 8) and Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station (#4).

  • SIZE: Drop bag size must be smaller than a 20L day bag, made of durable, water-resistant material. Bags that are too large will not be accepted and will not go the requested aid station. 

  • LABEL: Write your first name, last name, bib number and aid station name (Bennett Pass or Surveyor’s Ridge) in large bold permanent ink on your drop bags. 

  • RETURN: Please consider that drop bags will not be returned back to Mt. Hood Meadows until each aid station shuts down after race sweepers arrive. Have your crew grab your drop bags from the aid station if possible.

  • CONTENTS: The race is not responsible for missing, damaged, lost or stolen drop bags or contents. 


Pacers are allowed from the final aid station at Bennett Pass to the finish line. Pacers must sign a waiver and get a Pacer bib at the race start/finish tent on race day before pacing.

Course Detail By Section: 

Start (Mt. Hood Meadows) to Aid Station 1 (Bennett Pass): Runners start at the Mt. Hood Meadows lodge, then head uphill on a service road to connect onto the iconic Timberline Trail, then head west rolling along Timberline Trail to Umbrella Falls Trail, heading down the mountain for a few miles to the junction onto Sahale Falls Trail. Sahale Falls Trail ends on a historic one lane road bridge and a short paved service road to the Hwy 35 overpass over to Bennett Pass Sno Park and Aid Station 1. Except for the first mile, this section is nearly all descent. Opt for a quick transition, or take advantage of crew and drop bag access here.

Aid Station 1 (Bennett Pass) to Aid Station 2 (Gunsight): Leaving Bennett Pass Aid Station, runners head east along the rugged, historic Bennett Pass Road (doubletrack jeep road) for a scenic rolling 4.2 mile stretch to Gunsight Aid Station. Views to the south open to Mt. Jefferson and the White River drainage, while views to the north offer striking views of the the Hood River Valley, Gunsight Ridge and Surveyors Ridge. The major Washington volcanoes of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier are also easily seen on clear days.

Aid Station 2 (Gunsight) to Aid Station 3 (High Prairie): Upon arrival at Gunsight Aid Station, runners head north on Gunsight Ridge Trail, traversing some technical sections of talus slope, rocky ridgeline trail and high mountain larch and fir forest. This section offers spectacular views of the Badger Creek Wilderness to the east and of course Mt. Hood to the west. Gunsight Trail ends at Gumjuwac Saddle back on the historic Bennett Pass Road for a rocky 2-mile cliffside ascent to High Prairie, with some of the most expansive and magnificent views of Mt. Hood anywhere on course. Runners reach High Prairie Aid Station at the junction of the Cooks Meadow Trail and Bennett Pass Road, the highest point on the course at 5970’ along the border of the Badger Creek Wilderness.

Aid Station 3 (High Prairie) to Aid Station 4 (Surveyor’s Ridge): Leaving High Praire Aid Station, runners face a long, flowing 6 mile rolling descent on the serenely forested Cooks Meadow Trail, offering several spectacular viewpoints of Mt. Hood during the first few miles, transitioning to wildflower meadows and mixed fir and ponderosa pine forest further down. The Cooks Meadow Trail crosses Forest Road 44, and immediately end onto Surveyor’s Ridge Trail. Runners turn right here, on a footbridge over the Dog River and 1.6 miles of gently rolling trail to Surveyor’s Ridge Aid Station. This is a crew accessible aid station with drop bags and portable toilets accessible. There is a 12PM cutoff at this aid station.

Aid Station 4 (Surveyors Ridge) to Aid Station 5 (High Prairie): After topping off at Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station, accessing drop bags and crew, runners face the longest climb of the race, heading up Cooks Meadow Trail. Halfway up the climb is a road crossing with the 2nd self-service water station available. Cool off here and hydrate. Savor the beautiful wildflowers meadows and forest shade, because it’s a solid grind back up to High Prairie.

Aid Station 5 (High Prairie) to Aid Station 6 (Gunsight 2): The reward for making it back to High Prairie Aid Station is hitting the high point of the course and savoring a nice cruise down the old Bennett Pass Road with those unreal views of Mt. Hood— The mountain is indeed looming large! After the road descent, runners traverse the rugged Gunsight Ridge Trail back to Gunsight Aid Station.

Aid Station 6 (Gunsight 2) to Aid Station 7 (Gunsight 3): Runners begin the second lollipop loop by heading east on the rugged Bonney Meadows forest road to Bonney Meadows Campground, then join the Boulder Lake Trail, offering a fun descent through prime single track and huge boulder fields down to the gorgeous Boulder Lake, then Little Boulder Lake. A short trip down an abandoned fire road reconnects onto the Forest Creek Trail, which follows the edge of the bluff overlooking Boulder Lake offering beautiful views. Forest Creek Trail reconnects onto Boulder Lake Trail to complete the loop and return on Bonney Meadows road back to Gunsight Aid Station.

Aid Station 7 (Gunsight 3) to Aid Station 8 (Bennett Pass): Leaving Gunsight Aid Station, runners head west along the historic Bennett Pass Road for a 4.2 mile rolling descent down to Bennett Pass Sno Park. Incredible views of Mt. Hood are seen from the “Terrible Traverse”, a narrow passage along the cliff face on Bennett Pass Road. Crew, drop bags, pacers and toilets are available here before facing the final 7.2 mile leg of the journey back to Mt. Hood Meadows.

Aid Station 8 (Bennett Pass) to Finish (Mt Hood Meadows): Leaving Bennett Pass Sno Park, runners head toward Mt. Hood, continuing on the Hwy 35 overpass to Sahale Falls Trail, passing some gorgeous and roaring waterfalls on the climb up Sahale Falls Trail, then Umbrella Falls Trail. The final climb continues up Umbrella Falls Trail, then turns onto the iconic Timberline Trail, offering completely humbling and awe-inspiring views of Wy’east above, with Mt. Hood Meadows finish area down below. Timberline Trail rolls along the mountain slope, thick with wildflower meadows, all the while flowing in and out of gullies with trickling springs and creeks that form the headwaters of the Hood River. The course then descends down a quick service road to Mt. Hood Meadows (yes, you will hear and see us cheering for you!), where runners finish at the lodge patio in full view of the mountain with friends and family!  


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.