Saturday, Sep 16, 2023

Olympic Mountains Trail Races

Olympic National Forest

Quilcene, WA Olympic Mountains 25K, 50K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 16, 2023


2024 Registration and Dates Coming Soon
The Olympic Mountains Trail Races feature true mountain racing on the iconic Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Both the 25K and the 50K feature well marked courses, lush green forests, big climbs and dramatic views of the Olympic Range. Well stocked aid stations and enthusiastic, experienced volunteers await you. Free camping is available the night before and after the race at Race HQ deep in the Olympic National Forest. This is a fun community inspired race. We encourage you to stay for the post-race party and make a weekend of it!
Cancellation/Drop-Down Policy- We do not offer refunds, but if you need to drop down in distance from the 50K to the 25K, you can do that right up until race start.
If you cannot make it for any reason, just give us 30 days notice and we will roll over the value of your entry (one time) to next year 100% (you must re-register for the next year's race)
No refunds or rollover within 30 days of race day. No entry transfers between racers. Active military who are unable to make it due to a change in duty location can roll over to next year 100% up until race day. Our policy is posted on our race website (see link above).

The Event

Thank you to the National Forest Service for their partnership in hosting the event.
Mountain Peaks Racing extends our sincere gratitude to Everlong Endurance for creating this amazing course. Please check out their events at

25K Course

Don't let the distance fool you! This single loop course features almost 4,000' of elevation gain(and loss), including one of the toughest climbs of any 25K - a 2,250' grind to the summit of Mt Zion over 3.7 miles. Bring your climbing legs AND your running legs as the forest road sections will test your leg speed. Not sure you're ready for a 50K? This is a great course to test your ability to step up to run the 50K next year!

50K Course

This is a graduate level 50K! You’ll start at Race HQ, a retired rock quarry at 2,600’ above sea level deep in the Olympic National Forest, then grind your way towards two of the most popular summits on the Olympic Peninsula-Mount Townsend and Mount Zion! The high point of the course, at the Buckhorn Wilderness boundary (just short of the Mt Townsend summit) , offers huge views across the eastern slope of the Olympic range. This single loop course boasts 9,285' of climbing and is 74% single-track.
8AM Mass/Competitive Start, 10 Hour cut-off
7AM Early start available, 11 Hour cut-off

Camping, Schedule, Crewing and other general information

2024 SCHEDULE TBD-2023 Details are below
Friday, September 15th
2PM- Open to campers to arrive
6PM-7PM Early packet pick up (1 hour)
9:30PM Quiet Time begins at Race HQ

Saturday, September 16th (Race Day)
6:30 am-9:00am- Packet Pick-Up
7am- Early start for 50K*
8am-50K Mass Start
9:00am-25K Mass Start
3pm-Cut off for 25K (6 hours)
6pm- Cut off for 50K (10 hours or 11 for early starter)
9:30PM- Quiet Time begins at Race HQ

Sunday, September 17th
10am-Quarry closes for campers

*Early start of 7am is available for 50K runners only who think they ay need an extra hour to finish the course. The 7am start will not be eligible to awards. Do not sign up for this start if you believe you will need less than 7 hours to finish the course.

Your registration fee includes:
Race Entry
Fully-stocked Aid Stations, Four for the 50K and three for the 25K, plus the Finish
Post-race food and first beer free at finish line
Unique finisher award
Timing and results on UltraSignUp
Free post-race massages
Free camping before and after

Please come camp with us at Race HQ! Friday and Saturday night- no fee to camp.
There is plenty of space for tents, camper vans and very small RVs.
Port-a-Potties will be provided, but there are no other facilities, so plan accordingly. The Race HQ is a retired quarry that is normally used as a shooting range.
Bring chairs to join us around the campfire both nights (burn bans permitting)

50K Runners are allowed drop bags at one location, AS #3, Deadfall Creek, at mile 21.7.
Please clearly mark your drop bag with your name and bib number. We will post bib numbers to UltraSignup about a week before the event. Drop bags should be sealed tightly and no larger than a small duffle bag. No coolers. While we’ll do our best to take great care of them, please do not place anything fragile or valuable inside your drop bag.
Drop bags will be returned to Race HQ after the last runners pass through or can be retrieved by runners/crew if they prefer not to wait.
No drop bags for 25K

Volunteers needed for aid stations and race HQ activities. Free racing credit with 8 hour shift-transferable. Contact Us for more information.

Poles are allowed
Headphones are discouraged, but allowed. If used, please ensure the sound level is such that you can hear other runners and race officials
No pacers for either distance. Crew may “run in” their racer after they make the last turn off FS Road 2810 to the finish
Sorry, no dogs at Race HQ or on the course

Please follow the race on Facebook!

Getting Here

Race HQ is in a retired quarry deep in the Olympic National Forest with the closest town being the small village of Quilcene. Plan your trip in advance! It takes a beat to get here if you don't live close, so give yourself some extra time and we recommend taking the free camping option. It's more fun anyway!

The drive is 12 miles after turning off Rt 101(give yourself 30 minutes for this drive-no special vehicle is needed, but there will be potholes and rough roads). While mostly forest road in good condition, plan your drive time accordingly so you arrive in plenty of time. Or better yet, join us for free camping the night before and after!

Note: You will lose cell signal shortly after leaving 101, so print/screenshot these directions and take them with you to help ensure you arrive (and return) smoothly. While the drive is relatively straight-forward, Forest Service roads are traditionally not well marked and can cause confusion.

Also, navigation apps ARE NOT reliable for getting here so although we supply the coordinates, please save the Step by Step directions below and plan to follow those, not your GPS.

Directions to Race HQ (47.92382, -123.03803)

The race starts and ends at a retired quarry inside Olympic National Forest, about a 25 minute drive from Quilcene, WA. Here are turn-by-turn directions from 101-you WILL lose cell signal shortly after turning off Rt 101 so save and follow these directions NOT YOUR GPS

Head west on Lords Lake Loop Road for approximately 3.4 miles

At Lords Lake (pavement ends), bear LEFT onto Little Quilcene Road (FS Road 28). Go straight for approximately 4.2 miles

You’ll come to an intersection — turn RIGHT to continue on FS Road 28. This road is also called Gold Creek Road. Go straight for 1.3 miles

You’ll come to a fork in the road. Take a SLIGHT RIGHT onto FS Road 2810. Go straight for 3.2 miles

Turn LEFT on FS Road 2810-070*. The parking area will be 0.4 miles down this road

*Google Maps does not show this road, though, we can assure you it exists!

Ferry Service
There are few things as lovely as taking the ferry! For runners who choose to cross the Sound by boat, be sure to factor ferry departure times into your trip and wait times which tend to be longer on the weekend. Also, check daily schedules and alerts for additional boat delays. For more information on travel by ferry, visit WSDOT at this link,

Learn More

Please watch here in the coming days for updates from new event organizers, Mountain Peaks Racing by Mountain Run Company.

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Event's current local time: 7:12 AM PT


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