From the start at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot, the course heads west to a junction with fire road 40S15 (.4 miles) before intersecting with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The course then heads along the PCT to the Willamette Meridian aid station. From the aid station, the trail climbs to a saddle with views of beautiful Mt. Shasta, the peaks of the Marble Mountain wilderness and Mt. Eddy. The trail continues to another gap and then descends through Long John Saddle to the Siskiyou Gap aid station. If you left a drop bag for delivery, this is where you will find it.
The next 3.4 miles will climb on Road 20 (dirt/gravel) to Wrangle Gap, then back on the PCT and on to the Jackson Gap aid station which is now located where the PCT crosses road 40S01. From here it’s a short distance up the road to the intersection with Road 20 and the actual Jackson Gap, the highest point on the course at 7100 feet. Prominent peaks at this gap include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Preston Peak (Siskiyou Wilderness), Red Buttes, and Mt. McLoughlin and the Crater Lake rim to the north.
Leaving Jackson Gap, the course heads due north on Road 20 for 2.1 miles to Wrangle Gap, meets with the PCT and follows the trail around Big Red Mountain to the Siskiyou Gap aid station (3.4 miles). From Siskiyou Gap, the return is the same route as going out.
AID STATION DESCRIPTION
Most aid stations will be stocked with electrolyte drink, gels, water, potatoes, chips, cookies, pretzels, candy, and other ultra goodies. Willamette Meridian, Siskiyou Gap, and Jackson Gap are full service aid stations. Wrangle and Grouse Gap are water only.
POST-RACE SNACKS AND OPTIONAL LUNCH
Awaiting you at the finish line will be plenty of refreshments plus a hot lunch.
RULES AND TRAIL ETIQUETTE
|1.||The 50k begins at 7:00 am (no early start).|
|2.||Numbers must be worn on the front and remain visible at all times.|
|3.||Drop bags for the Siskiyou Gap aid station can be left in the designated area near runner check-in. Drop bags will be returned to the start area by the time the awards ceremony begins (1:30 pm).|
|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 course safety reasons, no runners will be permitted to start after 7:15 AM.|
|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.|
|Start line to Road 20/40S15 junction||.4||.4|
|Road 20/40S15 junction to PCT Trail Head||.4||.8|
|Road 40S15/PCT junction to Grouse Gap via PCT||1.9||2.7|
|Grouse Gap Aid Station to Willamette Meridian Aid Station via PCT||2.2||4.9|
|Willamette Meridian to Siskiyou Gap Aid Station via PCT||4.2||9.1|
|Siskiyou Gap Aid Station to Wrangle Gap via Rd 20 (water available)||3.4||12.5|
|Wrangle Gap to Sheep Camp Spring via PCT||2.2||14.7|
|Sheep Camp Spring to Rd 20/PCT junction via PCT||1.1||15.8|
|Rd 20/PCT junction to Jackson Gap Aid Station||.6||16.4|
|Jackson Gap Aid Station to Wrangle Gap/PCT junction via Rd 20||2.1||18.5|
|Wrangle Gap to Siskiyou Gap Aid Station via PCT||3.4||21.9|
|Siskiyou Gap Station to Willamette Meridian Aid Station via PCT||4.3||26.1|
|Willamette Meridian Aid Station to Grouse Gap Aid Station via PCT||2.2||28.3|
|Grouse Gap Aid Station to PCT/Rd 40S15 junction||1.9||30.2|
|Rd 40S15 to Mt Ashland parking lot (Finish!)||.8||31|
* Note: Siskiyou Gap is the designated drop bag aid station in both directions.