The High Sierra 50K is an alpine masterpiece of a trail race that will take you on a one-way adventure through the forests of the High Sierra that surround Lake Tahoe and finishing at the jaw-dropping Kirkwood Resort.

This is a one distance extravaganza for Ultrarunners looking for a 50K milestone in the wilderness of Northern California.

- Troy

THE HIGH SIERRA 50K Trail (Difficulty: Advanced)

Surface: Mostly fire roads, dirt roads, and challenging single-track trails
Course: Racecourse travels through the El Dorado Forest in the High Sierra. An overall rugged and remote trail race.
Elevation Profile: 7,753 feet of ascent, with long ups and downs.
Sunrise And Sunset: 6:32 AM and 7:23 PM
Weather: Alpine Summer; Highs – 74 degrees / Lows 46 degrees. (This is a high altitude course; high exposure and weather patterns can change rapidly, please be prepared for all conditions.
Parking: Plenty of free parking is available for this event, however carpooling is encouraged.


September 5, 2020
6:00 AM — Runner Check-In / Bib Pick-Up
6:32 AM — Sunrise
6:45 AM — Trail Briefing
7:00 AM — 50K START
7:23 PM — Sunset


Multiple, fully loaded, aid stations will be open throughout the course. these aid stations will be manned by volunteers and TCTRUNS staff. Additionally racer crews, family and friends are welcome to assist and work at all road accessible aid stations.

TCTRUNS Staff and Volunteers will be available throughout the course to assist runners.
A communications team with access to 4-Wheelers will be monitoring runner progress.
A dedicated medical team consisting of EMTs and doctors will be on staff.
A professional videographer and photographer will be on staff.

All intersections will be marked with signs, gypsum, and ribbons. Several portions of the course will be unmarked as there are no turnoffs.

This is an Alpine Endurance Run in a Wilderness Area. Please make special note of the following information:
All Runners are highly encouraged to carry the equivalent of 2 water bottles/camelback at all times.
Sunscreen/hats are highly encouraged to protect against heat exposure.
Runners should be prepared to run after the sunsets. Please bring a change of clothing for your drop bags and headlamps/other lights.
Warm clothes and protective gear is mandatory.
This is a wilderness course; please be aware of potential wildlife encounters; Rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions, Wild Boars, Bears, Mosquitoes, Skunks, Raccoons, Bees, Poison Oak, Etc.
Crew parking will be limited at aid stations, please plan accordingly.
Pacers are allowed for this course.


The High Sierra 50K Course Map --> https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1026258

Elevation profile --> 7,752Ft Ascent / 5,688Ft Descent


50K Aid Stations in order of arrival with Cut-Off times (Crew Access / Parking Available):
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 7, 9:00 AM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 12, 10:30 AM)
Carson Spur / Thunder Mtn Aid Station (Mile 19.8, Cut-Off: 1:30 PM)
Last Chance Stop (Mile 24.5 - Staff support can assist DNF runners)
Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 27.5, 5:00 PM)
Kirkwood Aid Station (Mile 31, FINISH, Cut-Off: 7:00 PM)


Troy’s California Trail Runs has partnered with Vail Resorts’ Kirkwood Lodge to extend a discounted rate to runners for accommodations on the weekend of the race. These rates are subject to availability.

For Phone Reservations: Please call 855-332-1601 to make lodging reservations and use the group code: KG4SK50 to receive the discount.

For Online Reservations: http://bit.ly/2TVrtGe

Upcoming Races

Sep 4 2021
50 KM
7,753 ft.
Point-to-Point Course
12 :00 Cutoff
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts


50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
09/05/20 Race Cancelled
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information. If you see an error, please let us know

More events by Troy's California Trail Runs

Ultra-Trail Harricana™ of Canada (UTHC)

  • Sep 11, 2021
  • La Malbaie, QC
42 KM 42 KM 65 KM 50 Miles 125 KM