50 Mile Course

In short, the 50 mile runs the traditional SOB 50K course but adds a 9.5 mile extension on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) into California (out and back for 19 miles).

From the start at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot, the course heads west to a junction with Road 40S15 (.4 miles). Descend this road to the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail and turn west (right). The course then heads out on the PCT to the Willamette Meridian aid station. From the aid station the trail traverses a beautiful ridge with views of Mt. Shasta, the Marble mountains, and Mt. Eddy. The trail then descends nearly 1100 feet to Long John Saddle before continuing on to the Siskiyou Gap aid station. The next 3.4 miles will be a climb on dirt Road 20 to Wrangle Gap, then back to the PCT and on to the Jackson Gap aid station which is now located where the PCT crosses the Road 40S01.  Jackson Gap is where your drop bag will be should you be using one.

Leaving the Jackson Gap aid station you will continue heading west on the PCT which will be your home for the next 19 miles. From Jackson Gap at 7040 feet the trail will descend 1700 feet in the next 6.9 miles to the Wards Fork aid station. Four miles into this descent the PCT will cross Road 2025 where water will be available to top off bottles. Shortly after you will cross into California and descend into lovely Donomore Meadows. After Donomore, it’s 1.5 mile rolling descent to the the Wards Fork Gap aid station at 5300 feet. From the aid station you will continue your westerly journey on the PCT now climbing steadily in the next 2.6 miles to the turnaround near Big Rock. The trail makes one road crossing in this section, stay on the PCT. If you listen and look carefully there is a spring on the left as you are heading towards Big Rock.  Local knowledge might come in handy if it is hot.  At the turnaround, you’ll head back to Jackson Gap the same way you came. Keep in mind after you descend to Wards Fork, that it can be a tough, hot 6.9 mile climb back to Jackson Gap.  Remember, the your drop bag is still here.

Upon returning to Jackson Gap aid station, you’ll head up the road a short distance to the actual Gap. Prominent peaks at the gap include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Preston Peak (Siskiyou Wilderness), Red Buttes, and Mt. McLoughlin and Crater Lake Rim to the north.

Leaving Jackson Gap, the course heads due north (right) on Road 20 for 2.1 miles to Wrangle Gap, where you’ll rejoin the PCT and follow the trail around Big Red Mountain to the Siskiyou Gap aid station (3.4 miles). This section has some spectacular views of the Rogue River Valley.  From Siskiyou Gap, the return is the same route as going out.


Most aid stations will be stocked with electrolyte drink, gels, water, potatoes, chips, cookies, pretzels, candy and other ultra goodies. Willamette Meridian, Siskiyou Gap, Jackson Gap, and Wards Fork Gap are full service aid stations. Wrangle Gap and the road 2025 crossing are water only.


Awaiting you at the finish line will be plenty of refreshments plus a hamburgers/veggieburgers.


1. The 50 Mile race begins at 6AM. There is no early start.
2. Numbers must be worn on front and visible at all times.
3. Drop bags for Jackson Gap can be left in the designated area near check in.
4. This is mountain running – the morning may be cool with warm afternoon temperatures – come prepared for anything and you should carry at least one water bottle.
5. The course is marked with pink ribbon. You should never go more than 1/4 mile without seeing the flagging.
6. If you drop from the run, you must notify the aid station captain. If we have no record of you either finishing or dropping, we will be forced to call search and rescue.
7. No pacers are allowed, however, family and friends are welcome to join their runners, on their return, from the junction of the PCT and Road 20S15 back to the finish line.
8. Dogs are not allowed on the course. Leashed dogs are only allowed in the Mount Ashland parking area.
9. Crews are not permitted to drive on the course.
10. Please NO littering. Help us maintain the beauty of this course. Pack your garbage to the nearest aid station.
11. NO exchanging of bib numbers. Registered runners only. This is critical to the safe tracking of all participants.
12. For safety reasons, no runners will be permitted to start after 6:15AM.
13. We would like to minimize our use of plastic bottles after the race. We will gladly serve
post race beverages into your water bottles.
MILEAGE Section Total
Start line to road 20/40S15 Junction .4 .4
Road junction to PCT trailhead .4 .8
Start of PCT to Grouse Gap via PCT 1.9 2.7
Grouse Gap to Willamette Meridian Aid Station 2.2 4.9
Willamette Meridian Aid to Siskiyou Gap A/S via PCT 4.2 9.1
Siskiyou Gap to Wrangle Gap via Road 20 3.4 12.5
Wrangle Gap to Jackson Gap Aid Station via PCT 2.6 15.1
Jackson Gap A/S to Road 2025 crossing (water) 4.0 19.1
Road 2025 crossing to California Border 0.1 19.2
California Border to Wards Fork Gap Aid Station 2.8 22.0
Ward Fork A/S to 50 Mile Turnaround via PCT 2.6 24.6
50 Mile turnaround to Ward Fork Gap A/S via PCT 2.6 27.2
Ward Fork Gap to California Border 2.8 30.0
California Border to Road 2025 crossing 0.1 30.1
Road 2025 Crossing to Jackson Aid Station 4.0 34.1
Jackson Gap A/S to Wrangle Gap via Road 20 3.4 37.5
Wrangle Gap to Siskiyou Gap Aid Station via PCT 3.4 40.9
Siskiyou Gap to Willamette Meridian Aid Station 4.2 45.1
Willamette Meridian A/S to road 40S15Junction 4.1 49.2
Road 40S15 to FINISH Mt Ashland parking lot 0.8 50.0

* Note: Jackson Gap is the designated drop bag aid station in both directions.