Welcome to the Kalapuya Crest, offering 50 scenic trail miles along the mountain crossroads of Oregon. These old trails stretch across the Pacific Crest of the Cascades into the Calapooya Range, together forming the geographic and cultural boundaries of the west, south and eastern regions of the state. Starting and finishing on the shores of shimmering Crescent Lake, the course crosses over the Pacific Crest twice, circumnavigates the old volcanic peak of Sawtooth Mountain, all the while featuring dozens of pristine turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, talus gardens and volcanic pinnacles… and it wouldn’t be a Daybreak race without a few remote, rowdy mountain climbs, all-time views and spirited volunteers.
The course offers a scenic trail tour of the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area, straddling the Pacific Crest of the Oregon Cascade Mountains. Beginning at Crescent Lake on the eastern side of the Pacific Crest, the course travels up and over to the western side for a gloriously rowdy loop that circumnavigates an ancient volcano, Sawtooth Mountain, then winds back over the Pacific Crest and its dozens of turquoise lakes before descending back down to Crescent Lake for the finish. Awe-inspiring views and superb backcountry mountain trails await along this challenging, yet mostly very runnable course!
This lollipop-format course is 51.3 miles long with 6800’ of ascent and 6800’ of descent with six fully stocked aid stations, offering an accessible challenge to a wide range of runner ability levels. Course surfaces include approximately 44 miles of singletrack trail, two ~2.5 mile dirt doubletrack sections, and 2 miles of intermittent gravel forest road connectors.