Sunday, Apr 10, 2011
This Event Took Place Sun. Apr 10, 2011

Update 1/24/22

This event has been canceled due to fire damage, but will hopefully return in 2024! Please keep checking back!


9/1/21: Big Basin Redwoods State Park is closed for the near foreseeable future. Without a substantial "winter" in Northern California during 2020-2021 then forest was not able to clear widow makers or get wet enough to stop the smoldering. We fear that 2024 may be the first year for us. All runners have race credits for the use at any Pacific Coast Trail Runs events. When you see a race you like, then kindly email us at for customer service.

8/16/20: Lightening Strike hits Waddell beach and burns Big Basin Redwoods State Park. 8/4/2020: The 2020 edition of Skyline to the Sea is officially cancelled. All Entrants have been automatically enrolled in next years event - 50K (October 2, 2021) & Marathon/Half (October 3, 2021). Your only other option is to receive race credits to be used at our other live events through 2022 as mentioned below. All entrants have been emailed.

6/1/2020: Our goal is to have this event on October 3-4, 2020. If the event is cancelled due to the pandemic, then you will get 100% or your race entry (less ultrasignup fees) returned to you in the form of PCTR race credits. These race credits will be good to use at checkout of any race until 12/31/2022. This means you can sign up for a race until 12/31/2022 that occurs in 2023. This means you will most likely have three years to race with us using these credits. We do not provide refunds.

Registration opens February 1st at 11am.

Here we go again for 2020. This is our biggest race of the year and we love producing this two day trail and ultra running event. Please Join Us!

2019 Results with detail are now available


Marathon and Half Marathon

Event 2019

Photos from Crowdpic available here:

Please do your best to credit the photographers for their respective photos.

Thank you to T8 Performance for providing vouchers to our podiums winners for all distances.
For more info, please click HERE

Skyline to the Sea

This is the original Skyline to the Sea Trail Run.  The trail begins at Saratoga Gap, near Castle Rock State Park and descends from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the deep blue Pacific Ocean.  Along the way you will encounter amazing views of the Monterey Bay, coastal and redwood forests, lush ferns, chaparral, exquisite sandstone formations, crystal clear waterfalls and the beauty of California wildflowers. This gorgeous venue is not to be missed. 

Again, we will be featuring both SATURDAY and SUNDAY. We will feature the 50K on Saturday and the Marathon (and half Marathon) on Sunday.This event will sell out.

Event Information

SATURDAY, October 3, 2019 - 50K


- Limit to 75 Runners and one bus from Waddell Beach to Big Basin State Park.
- Shall you choose "No Bus" during sign-up here, and park at Big Basin on race day, it will be up to you to get back to your car from the finish line.
- Bus from Waddell Beach will leave at 8:45am
- Half Marathon Race Starts at 10:30 am in Big Basin


Race Start Times
- 9:00 AM 50K
- 9:00 AM Marathon (SUNDAY)
- 10:30 AM Half Marathon (SUNDAY)

50K Time Limit
- There is a 9-hour time limit for the 50K.
- There is a 50K CUT-OFF at 1pm to reach the Gazos Creek aid station for 50K runners.
- We want to help everyone finish the event, therefore 50k runners missing the cut-off will be directed to by pass the Orange loop, and to finish the marathon distance. You will receive credit for "Marathon Fun Run" and will be credited with a finish.

Marathon Time Limit
- There is an 8-hour time limit for the Marathon.
- There is a Marathon HARD CUT-OFF at 1:30 pm to reach the Gazos Creek aid station for marathon runners. This means you will not be able to continue. 1pm Soft Cut-off is your time to to know you better get nourished, iced down, and ready to crush the rest of the course. If you do not reach the HARD CUT-OFF point in time, then you will have need to get a ride to your car. We will do our best to get you to the finish line, but you also need to be prepared with crew (friends and family) to help you if needed.

Saturday 50K Runners:
- 17399 Skyline BlvdSaratoga, CA 95070
- Saratoga Gap Open Space Parking Lot
- AKA known as the Caltrans vista point on the southeast corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection.
- Drive in and you will see table set up to pick up bib.

Sunday Marathon Runners:
- 17399 Skyline BlvdSaratoga, CA 95070
- Saratoga Gap Open Space Parking Lot
- AKA known as the Caltrans vista point on the southeast corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection.
- Drive in and you will see table set up to pick up bib.

Sunday Half Marathon Runners:
- 21600 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
- Drive in the park on N. Escape Road and continue to Gazos Creek Road and 1/3 mile.

Bus Ride Information

50K & Marathon Bus Ride to START LINE
- The buses will LEAVE at 7:00 AM
- Runners should either be dropped off at Saratoga Gap Parking Lot (AKA start line) or take the bus ride from Hwy 1.
- Use this address to drive to your parking area --> 3564 Pacific Coast Highway 1 (CA HWY-1), Davenport CA.
- You are not parking at this address of Greyhound County Park. You are parking near it.
- You will park 1/4 mile south of this address in a sandy dirt parking lot.
- Trail Run Parking Signs will be on HWY 1
- Other cars and buses will be visible from HWY 1

- This is also the place the buses will line-up to take you to your start line at Saratoga Gap.
- If you miss the bus, then you better plan on getting dropped off at the start line
- Runners' warm clothing will be transported to the finish area (Need to put your bib number on a proper bag).
- Please note that parking at the start location or Saratoga Gap Parking Lot is is prohibited.

50K & Marathon Starting Line
- Bib Pick-up is in Saratoga Gap Parking Lot where HWY 9 meets HWY 35 (Skyline Blvd)
- 1/10 of a mile west of Saratoga Gap, on Hwy 9 (CA-35)
- NO PARKING HERE. Drop Off Runners only.

50K & Marathon Event Check-In / Bib Pick Up Only
- 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM at Saratoga Gap Parking Lot (HWY 35 / HWY 9)
- Buses will arrive around 8:15 AM

Half Marathon Bus Ride to START LINE
- The buses will LEAVE at 8:45 AM
- Runners should either be dropped off at Big Basin State Park (AKA start line) or take the bus ride from Hwy 1.
- Use this address to drive to your parking area --> 3564 Pacific Coast Highway 1 (CA HWY-1), Davenport, CA.
- You are not parking at this address of Greyhound County Park. You are parking near it.
- You will park 1/4 mile south of this address in a sandy dirt parking lot close to Pelican Rock.

- This is also the place the buses will line-up to take you to your start line at Big Basin State Park.
- If you miss the bus, then you better plan on getting dropped off at the start line.
-Worse case scenario, is that you can park at Big Basin State Park, but you must arrange to get a ride back to your car.
-We do not provide transportation to Big Basin from the finish line.
- Runners' warm clothing will be transported to the finish area (Need to put your bib number on a proper bag).

Half Marathon Starting Line
- Bib Pick-up is at Big Basin State Park
- 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
-You can park here, but please know we will not be giving you a ride back to your car.
-We hope you ordered the bus. If not, then please find a ride now.

Half Marathon Event Check-In / Bib Pick Up Only
- 9:30 to 10:15 AM at Bib Pick-up is at Big Basin State Park
- Buses will arrive around 9:45 AM

Course Map Elevations & Descriptions

Click here For the 50K and Marathon course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet

Click here For the Half Marathon course map and elevation chart

- Time Limit is 6:30 minutes.
- Click on the elevations tab within the above link.
- This course in the same as the last part of the 50K course which includes both Orange loop (Start) and bottom portion of the Pink course.
- There is a bypass on the STTS trail that will put this close to 14.4 miles. for questions.

Finish Line Parking & Crew Driving Directions

Finish Line Map & driving direction link here
- The YELLOW box is the finish line parking area. Signs and flashing lights will be prominent on HWY 1. The YELLOW box is also where the buses line up to pick you up in the morning.
- The PURPLE line to the connector shuttle from the finish-line to the parking area
- The BLUE line is the connector from the Beach to the finish-line Staging area.
- Bus does not equal SHUTTLE

Driving Directions to Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Big Basin is the most accessible point to crew your runner along the course. - The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco.
- All roads into Big Basin are curvy.
- From Hwy 9 in the town of Boulder Creek, turn north onto Hwy 236 and Park Headquarters is 9 miles down the highway.

Driving Directions to Rancho Del Oso
- The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible via Highway 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz.
- Also known as Waddell Beach, we kindly ask you take the PCTR shuttle from the designated parking area about 1.5 miles from the Ranch Del Oso entrance. The 10-passenger shuttle will go back and forth every 10 minutes.

50K & Marathon Start Line link here

Half Marathon Start Line & Gazos Creek A/S link here

Aid Stations, Drop Bags, & Pacers

Aid Stations
We will provide a variety of fresh fruit, salty & sugary snacks, PB&J sandwiches. We also provide a limited supply of GU Gels/Chews/Sodium Capsules/Stroopwafels. We feature GU electrolyte drink (varied flavors from grape to lemon lime), coke, ginger ale, and water. It is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.

50K: See Above links
Marathon: See Above Links
Half Marathon:
- Mile 4.3 Gazos Creek Aid Station
- Mile 12.8 Twin Redwoods Aid Station

Drop Bags
All entrants can leave a bag at the finish line. For those on the BUS, you can take your bag with you so that you can take off any clothing that you needed for your ride to your respective start line. PLEASE PUT YOUR BIB NUMBER ON THEM and we will transport them back to the finish line so that it's there when you arrive. Please keep bags to the size of one large shoe box.

Pacers are not permitted in this event.

Cup Free Racing

Effective January 7th, 2018, Pacific Coast Trail Runs is following the lead of other trail races by taking steps to "green" our events. We recommend that all participants carry hydration devices on them during the race. We will sell HydraPouch portable cup with Universal carry clip – hooks easily to shorts, tights, number belts, hydration belts, etc. These will be available for purchase for $10 cash at the START line of your specific the race.

Shirt Options

High quality Technical Shirt or Cotton blend shirt will be included with the registration unless a no shirt option is requested.
Both Styles will come in both men and women's fit. The tech shirt is not tight fitting, so we recommend ordering your true size. If you like them snug, then size down. The cotton blend shirt is high quality that tends to be more fitted.

Those signing up on or by September 1, 2019 will receive the shirt they requested.

All others that sign up on September 2nd or later will get choice from last years or no shirt at all based upon first come first serve at finish line. Those that forget to pick-up their shirt at the finish line will have the option to pay for shipping of a shirt after the race is over and production closed.


Placement Awards in the form of PCTR Race Credits are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place female and male finishers overall in each distance.

1st Place - $75 PCTR Race Credits
2nd Place - $50 PCTR Race Credits
3rd Place - $25 PCTR Race Credits

Age group 2019 medallions are awarded to the female and male 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each ten-year age group for each distance.  

Ultra marathon (50 km) finishers will receive a custom event coaster.

All distance runner finishers will receive a Skyline to the Sea race logo finisher medal by Elevation Culture.


Please adhere the following rules or runner may be disqualified.
1. Dogs are not allowed anywhere near the finish line. (STTS Trail From HWY 1 to and/or Horse Camp - State Park Policy)
2. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. (State Park Policy)
3. Dogs are not allowed to be within 25 feet of the aid stations. (PCTR Policy)
4. Dogs can be near the start line parking lot but must be kept on a 6 foot leash. (PCTR and Open Space Policy)
5. Dogs can travel with crews in cars but must follow the rules or they may disqualify runner. (Life Policy)

Withdrawing from Event or Changing Distance

Changing Distance & Withdrawing
If you would like to change distance, please do so by emailing us at at least 72 hours before the event. We assign event distance specific bibs with timing transponder at this time and it makes the event less complicated for you, volunteers, and Team PCTR.

No Refunds, Transfers, or Rollovers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Runs Events are non-refundable, non-transferable, and we do not provide rollovers to future events. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, insurance, food/beverage and all things associated with your event happen a long time before your race day. Surely, if many of you wanted a refund because you got injured, become sick, have to attend a family function or your babysitter fell through, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons including liability. You are not allowed to sell or give your bib to someone else. If we find out about this, we will ban you from our events. We do, and will provide race credits for a future PCTR event (less registration fees) shall something come up that prevents you from attending the event you paid for. Please see our Race Credit Policy.

Race Credit Policies

PCTR has a very friendly race credit policy. With some of our races requiring signing up well in advance, we understand that life happens and you may be prevented from attending the event. Here are the days of notice we require you to provide us shall you want to withdraw and earn PCTR race credits for a future event.

- 45 plus days from the event date = 100% PCTR Race Credits
- 15 to 44 days from the event date = 50% PCTR Race Credits
- 14 days to 72 hours from the event start time = 25% PCTR Race Credits

Consider Volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer.

Race credits are required to be used within one year from the time you earned them. This means you need to have signed up for an event by the one year date, not necessarily have completed the event. You also, also cannot extend the credits shall you sign up for a race and need to withdraw again. Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.

Race Fees associated with Ultrasignup, our registration provider, at the time of your registration are not included in your Race Credits.

Race Cancellation Policy

Runners, their families, crews, volunteers and Team PCTR safety is our first priority. Pacific Coast Trail Runs events will run come rain or shine, with the exception of park closures, threatening or extreme weather conditions. When conditions present a danger to our runners, their families and our volunteers. PCTR maintains the right to cancel or postpone the start of each of the events. Parks may also shut down the event if the trail or weather conditions are so bad that first responders will also be challenged.

If any event is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the official start time, all participants will be notified via email that you provided in your registration, and the information will be posted on our Facebook page.

PCTR reserves the right to move the event to another venue, change the course & start time, cancel, and/or reschedule the event. PCTR will always try to reschedule before cancelling an event. Shall the event be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, and not rescheduled, then we will offer race credits to a future PCTR event to be used in one year.

Threatening weather conditions at PCTR events may be cancelled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Fire Danger, Poor Air Quality (Air Quality Index (AQI) >150 = Unhealthy), Flash Flood Watch, Extreme Thunderstorms, Tsunami Warnings, and lightning in the vicinity of the race.

The Race Director, in accordance with the Land Managers, City, County, the State of California, and the National Park Service, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the events, no refunds will be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. However, if the race is cancelled outright and not rescheduled than 100% of race credit value (less registration fees) will be provided to use at a future event in one year from the time earned.

Notification of cancellation will be done as early as possible. You will be notified via the email address you used when registering for this event. We will also post updates on our Facebook page regularly:


Volunteer Policy
- Earn $10 in PCTR Race Credits for every hour worked. (For example: 4 hrs = $40; 3.5 hrs = $35, etc.)
- Volunteer 8+ hour shift and earn $40 bonus credits for event.
- Earn 2X Credits for bad weather volunteering in rain.
- Earn 2X Credits from 8pm to 6am. (Headlands & Night Sweats Only)
- Receive the coveted PCTR "Go Run a Trail!" shirt. *Must volunteer a minimum of 5 hours to get the shirt. If you already have too many of these shirts and want a race shirt instead, then come by the finish line tent to see if we have any more in your size.
- Enjoy a meal from our Post Race BBQ Chef Team.
- You will not earn credits for volunteering unless you sign up to volunteer.
- If you sign up to volunteer and bring one or more friends with you to volunteer (who have not signed up), then they will not earn credits.
***Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.***
- If you are entered in an event and bring a friend or family to help volunteer a few hours or more, then you can earn their credits for another race... that is if they don't run. 😊
- All credits must be used in one year from the time earned or they will expire.

If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45-day or 15-day withdraw notification window because you are unable to run due to whatever reason, then consider volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering at the intended event or another event within 30 days before your event, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer. Email PCTR at

Volunteer Link
Click here to volunteer:

Rules & Trail Etiquette

1. Trail running is a very special sport that shares trails with the public including hikers, bikers, horses, and even dogs. Please be kind to all. Because we have a permit and you paid for the event, does not give you more right of way than others. Please be courteous of others and share the trails as you would a store aisle at your neighborhood store.
2. Absolutely no littering. "Leave No Trace."
3. When passing a runner announce yourself politely by saying ""May I please pass? or "On your left please."
4. All runners must wear bib on front of person. (Not on your back, pack, hat, butt, or calves).
5. Downhill Runners have the right of way. Uphill runners and hikers, please keep your head up
6. If you quit before or during the event, then you must turn in your bib and/or notify a race official at the start line or aid station when applicable.
7. Volunteers give up their time to make your day special, so please thank them many times over.

Clean Sport Pledge

We pledge to support clean sport by inviting to athletes to compete at our events who are committed to training, racing and living clean and not inviting athletes to compete who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We are in favor of random drug testing, especially when there is prize money offered at the event. Our organization also chooses to not work with coaches and agents that have athletes that are currently working with athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We understand we have a responsibility to protect a level playing field and we will be role models in the community as ambassadors and advocates for clean sport. We pledge to honor clean sport by inviting and supporting clean athletes at our races.

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