The 50K course offers a challenging point-to-point race, with 8200' of elevation gain and 4600' of loss, 31.9 miles in length and four full aid stations. The route includes 25 miles of single track, 6 miles of rugged, historic double track and 0.9 mile of pavement. The route travels through an assortment of climate zones, including valley oak woodland, mixed fir/pine forest, mountain prairie, and sub-alpine fir/larch forest. The trails are mostly runnable dirt singletrack, with a fair amount of hilly, rocky technical sections and a few talus fields. There are some significant ascents, especially early in the race, mixed with rolling hills and descents later in the course. Spectacular views await along the entire course.
The course includes approximately 8200' of ascent along with 4600' of descent.
Course Detail By Section:
Start to Aid Station 1 (Shellrock Mtn): Runners ride the shuttle buses down to Oak Ridge Trailhead, then depart on a brief section of gravel road before joining Oak Ridge Trail for a 2200' climb up to the junction with Surveyors Ridge Trail. Runners then turn right (south) onto Surveyor's Ridge Trail and travel a few more miles on rolling singletrack to Shellrock Mtn Aid Station, hosted by Wy'east Wolfpack.
Aid Station 1 (Shellrock Mtn) to Aid Station 2 (Surveyor's Ridge): Runners depart Shellrock Mtn Aid Station for 5 miles of some seriously fun rolling trail, with sweeping views of Central Oregon to the left and Mt. Hood and the Hood River Valley in direct view before arriving at the Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station.
Aid Station 2 (Surveyors Ridge) to Aid Station 3 (High Prairie): Leaving Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station, runners face a long, rolling 7-mile climb on the serenely forested Cooks Meadow Trail, offering several spectacular viewpoints of Mt. Hood along the way. Runners reach the high point of the course upon arrival at High Prairie Aid Station, on the border of the Badger Creek Wilderness.
Aid Station 3 (High Prairie) to Aid Station 4 (Gunsight Ridge): Mt. Hood is getting SO CLOSE you can almost touch it! Leaving High Prairie, runners follow the historic Bennett Pass Road for a rocky 2-mile cliffside descent with some of the most expansive views anywhere on course. Runners then transition onto Gunsight Ridge Trail at the Gumjuwac Saddle, traversing some technical sections of talus slope, rocky ridgeline trail and high mountain larch forest (a unique deciduous evergreen tree whose needles turn a golden yellow every fall!). The trail ends at Gunsight Ridge Aid Station back on the historic Bennett Pass Road.
Aid Station 4 (High Prairie) to Finish (Mt Hood Meadows): Leaving Gunsight Ridge Aid Station, runners head straight for Mt. Hood along the historic Bennett Pass Road for a 4 mile rolling descent down to Bennett Pass Sno Park, then continue over the Hwy 35 overpass to Sahale Falls Trail. The final couple miles of the course pass some gorgeous waterfalls on the climb up Sahale Falls Trail and Umbrella Falls Trail. Just past the footbridge at Umbrella Falls, the course reaches Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, where runners finish at the lodge patio in full, up close view of the mountain with friends and family!
There are four 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)||Toilet||Cutoff|
|Start - Oak Ridge Trailhead||0||6.4||Yes||--|
|#1 - Shellrock Mountain||6.4||5.2||Yes||--|
|#2 - Surveyor's Ridge||11.6||6.8||Yes||--|
|#3 - High Prairie||18.4||6.8||Yes||2:00PM|
|#4 - Gunsight Ridge||25.2||6.7||No||--|
|Finish - Mt. Hood Meadows||31.9||--||Yes||6:00PM|
Crew are welcome at Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station and the Start/Finish area only. Parking is limited at Surveyor's Ridge Aid Station, and we must leave enough parking for other forest users.
There will be no drop bags available.
The event permit does not allow pacers.
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.