Wy'east Howl

Trail half-marathon course entirely on Mt. Hood!
Presented by SALOMON

July 26, 2020



Welcome to the only trail half marathon on Mt. Hood! The course offers magnificent views and a challenging lollipop loop-style course located entirely on the volcano, starting and finishing at Mt. Hood Meadows main lodge. The course travels through a diverse range of forest and wildflower meadows with an honest mountain challenge featuring 2,600' of elevation gain and 2,600' of loss over 13.1 miles.

Most of the course is very runnable dirt singletrack, with some service road at the start and finish. The Timberline Trail and Umbrella Falls Trail also have several small creek crossings and springs to hop over as well. There are a couple significant climbs, mixed with rolling hills and fun descents, while spectacular views await around almost every corner!


  • SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020

  • Bib Pickup & Check-In: 7:00AM-7:45AM (at Mt. Hood Meadows)

  • Start Time: 8:00AM

  • Cut-Off: 1:00PM at Finish Line


Click on the map image for a high resolution map, or download a .gpx file here. The course includes approximately 2,600' of ascent along with 2,600' of descent. 



There will be one aid station offering water, Tailwind energy drink and energy gels only. The aid station is passed two times on the course, at mile 4.2 and mile 8.9. All Daybreak races are cupless, so be sure to bring your own refillable cup, flask or bottle for liquid at aid stations. 

Aid Station Total Distance (mi) To Next Aid (mi) Toilet Cutoff
Start - Mt. Hood Meadows 0 4.2 Yes --
#1 - Umbrella Falls Trailhead 4.2 4.7 No --
#2 - Umbrella Falls Trailhead 8.9 4.2 No --
Finish - Mt. Hood Meadows 13.1 -- Yes --


Crew/supporters/spectators are not allowed anywhere along the course.

Course Detail: 

Start to Aid Station 1 : Runners start at the Mt. Hood Meadows main lodge and follow the perimeter of the parking area to a service road that climbs up to the top of the Stadium ski lift, where the road meets the Timberline Trail. Runners turn left (west) onto the Timberline Trail and follow it for a couple miles until it meets Umbrella Falls Trail. Runners veer left onto Umbrella Falls Trail and descent for a couple miles to the aid station and Mt. Hood Meadows entry road crossing (use caution crossing the roadway).

Aid Station 1 to Aid Station 2: The course continues on Umbrella Falls Trail, passing its namesake waterfall, then continues for half a mile to the junction with Sahale Falls Trail, beginning the loop portion of the course. Runners turn right onto Sahale Falls Trail and follow it for approximately 2 miles to the Elk Meadows Trailhead. Pass through the trailhead and turn left onto Umbrella Falls Trail. The course then climbs up Umbrella Falls Trail for 2 miles to the Sahale Falls Trail junction, completing the loop portion of the course. The final climb continues up Umbrella Falls Trail, passing the waterfall again, and the aid station.

Aid Station 2 to Finish: Runners continue on Umbrella Falls Trail for a gradual 1.5 mile climb back up to the 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 for 1.5 miles, thick with wildflower meadows, bubbling springs and creeks that form the headwaters of the Hood River. The course then descends down the service road to Mt. Hood Meadows (yes, you will hear and see us cheering for you down below!), 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.