The races are grand and thoughtfully crafted tours of this unique Cascade rainshadow ecosystem, with minimal amounts of repeated trails. Mount Hood’s imposing volcanic pyramid looms large over much of the course, while other parts of the course flow between Douglas fir forest and oak savanna, and grasslands with seemingly endless viewscapes of the Columbia River Gorge. This is truly a special race in a special place.
This is a rugged, sometimes very technical, and fairly steep course that will challenge even the most seasoned trail runners. The 50k is not necessarily a great choice for a first ultramarathon. However, with a 9½ hour cutoff for the 50k and a 5½ hours for the 25k, adequately prepared trail runners of all speeds will be able to finish.