The 50 mile is a lollipop-like course. You begin by climbing up the eastern flanks of Crescent Mountain. After taging the summit of Crescent - with breathtaking views of Mt Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt Washington and the Three Sisters - you will drop down the northern part of the mountain and begin a large 50K loop - with a few very short out-n-backs - that get you to aid stations. The views of distance peaks and the surrounding area gets better and better as the miles pile on. You will also have views of your earlier miles looking across the valley over to Scar Mountain. The second to last climb up Three Pyramids - although steep and on tired legs - you again will be rewarded with majestic views. After hitting the last aid station, you will begin your last climb up and over Crescent Mountain. The descent to the finish is on buttery single track -- with the last 1.5miles on a gravel/paved road.
Total elevation gain is 14000ft and 14000ft of loss. 88% of the course is on single-track trails, 4% two-track, 4% on gravel roads and 4% on paved road with 6 fully stocked aid stations.
You have 17 hours to complete this brutally awesome course!
There are two cut-off times:
AS4 at 2:30PM
AS5 at 4PM
AS6 at 6:30PM
Drop bags are allowed at AS4 (Quarry) - mile 27.2
Drop bags will be returned to the start/finish by 6PM Saturday.
No pacers are allowed for the 50M.
Crew accessible aid station is allowed only at AS4 - Quarry