The Mt. Hood 50 is a heavily shaded 50-mile race that is run almost entirely on the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots. Runners will start by running North from the Clackamas Ranger Station to the Frog Lake Aid Station, just before Highway 26. They will then return to the start/finish and head South to the Warm Springs Meadows Aid Station, where they will turn around and head back to the finish. Total elevation gain is approximately 5,630 feet. This race is part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series and a proud member of the Oregon Trail Series.

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Race date
July 12, 2014, 6:30 am

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Race Fees
Entry: $95
This race will fill up quickly, so there will be no late registration fee. PLEASE NOTE: No transfers to other runners or to following years are permitted. Registration can be cancelled for a 50% refund prior to March 1. No refunds are permitted on or after March 1.
Patagonia technical race shirt: $30

Start Times and Cutoff
The race will start at 6:30 a.m. with an Early Start of 5:30 a.m. for those who need extra time to meet the 12-hour cutoff.  If you will not be able to finish by 6:30 p.m., you will be asked to return to the Start/Finish with the Aid Station volunteers. (Please note that the Early Start is to accommodate runners that need an additional hour to finish under the 12-hour cutoff.  Early starters are not eligible for awards.) As a guideline, runners should expect to be past the Start/Finish Aid Station by 12:30 p.m., Warm Springs Aid Station by 3:30 p.m. and Red Wolf Aid Station (the second time) by 5:00 p.m.

Aid Stations
Aid stations will be stocked with GU in a variety of flavors, GU Brew and other ultra fare. Please bring your own aid and utilize your drop bags if you have special needs.

Drop Bags
Please be sure to mark your bag with your name and the name of the Aid Station where they are to be dropped. Place your drop bags in the appropriate drop bag area at the Start/Finish by 6:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Early starters must have drop bags ready by 5:15 a.m. Drop bags are returned to the Start/Finish after the Aid Stations close. Please do not put anything in your bag that you can’t afford to lose and note that the race is not responsible for lost or stolen drop bags.

Aid Station Total Distance Full Aid Porta-Potty Drop Bag
Start 0 Yes Yes Yes
Little Crater Lake 6.0 Yes No No
FSR 58 9.2 Yes Yes No
Frog Lake 14.2 Yes No Yes
FSR 58 19.2 Yes Yes No
Little Crater Lake 22.4 Yes No No
Start/Finish 28.4 Yes Yes Yes
Red Wolf Pass 33.7 Yes No No
Warm Springs 39.2 Yes Yes Yes
Red Wolf Pass 44.7 Yes No No
Finish 50 Yes Yes Yes


Check In / Packet Pick-up
Check-in and day of race packet pick-up will take place at the Start/Finish area at Clackamas Ranger Station from 5:00 a.m. – 6:15 a.m. on July 12. All runners must check in the morning of the race to get their bibs!

Packet Pickup will be available the week of the race. We’ll post information here soon. Even if you pick up your packet prior to race day, you must check in the morning of the race to get your bib.

Post-Race and Awards
Join runners, volunteers and family members for some great post-race food, with meat and veggie options, at the Start/Finish area while you cheer on the finishers! We will have some great awards from our sponsors for the top-3 and top masters. All runners will have a great chance of scoring some great products from our sponsors in the post-race raffle!

2013 Photos from LongRun Pictures are here.



The Start/Finish will be at the Clackamas Historic Compound, near Timothy Lake, and approximately 20 miles south of Mt. Hood.

From Portland, take Hwy 26 towards Mt Hood, drive past Government Camp and continue ten miles past the Hwy35/Hwy 26 intersection to Hwy 42 (also marked as Skyline Rd and Timothy Lake). The Hwy 42 turnoff is close to the 66-mile mark on Hwy 26. The Clackamas Ranger Station is 10 miles down Hwy42, 1/4 mile past Hwy42/Hwy57 intersection on Hwy42.

The Mt. Hood area has some great places to camp and Timothy Lake has more than 150 campsites. Below is a list of the closest campgrounds.

Clackamas Lake (closest to start – 1/2 mile), Oakfork on Timothy Lake, Gone Creek on Timothy Lake, Pine Point on Timothy Lake, Little Crater Lake (aid station on course about mile 6), HoodView On Timothy Lake. To reserve, click on one of the links above, or call 877-444-6777, or go to Please note that the USFS strongly discourages camping outside of established campsites. No camping is allowed at the Clackamas Lake Guard Station Compound.

The nearest motels are in Government Camp, OR (21 miles from start).

Parking is allowed off road on portions of Forest Service Road 42 (FS42) near the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Compound (Start/Finish).  Signs will be posted and volunteers will help to direct you.  No parking is allowed on on either side of FS42 at the Pacific Crest Trailhead adjacent to Joe Graham Campground.  No parking is allowed on either side of FS 42 from the event entrance to Joe Graham Campground.

NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the Clackamas Lake Guard Station Compound.

This event is located on the 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.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.