In September 2017, the Columbia River Gorge was subject to a human caused wildfire that quickly grew to thousands of acres and devastated much of the area. Unfortunately due to these events, we had to cancel the 2018 Gorge Waterfalls 50K and 100K. We hope to bring this race back in the future, but we have to wait until the trails can be rebuilt enough to sustain a trail race.
Ways to Help
Friends of the Columbia River Gorge is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conversation of the Gorge. They are responsible for securing the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act in 1986 and now with over 6,000 members, they continue the conservation efforts year round.
If you are interested in helping with trail work, please contact one of the organizations below to sign up for a work party:
Friends of the Columbia River Gorge
Trailkeepers or Oregon
This race is crazy full of waterfalls! The point-to-point course is nearly all super fun single track trail. There are so many waterfalls we lost count! The course goes right past Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Falls and more, plus runners will go right under Ponytail Falls! The route is mostly in deep old forest with some enormous trees and moss everywhere. We are certain elves and gnomes live here. Occasionally the trail will pop out of the trees and you'll get great views of the river and the mountains towering above it.
This course is beautiful, but it is also very challenging. The race boasts approximately 6,000 feet of elevation gain and much of the trail is very rocky and slippery. This is not an entry level or beginner 50K and our cut off times are strict. We highly recommend that you have completed other mountain 50Ks before attempting this race.
Why Run Anywhere Else
Really can't think of another race in the United States that is like this one! Add the tough, scenic trails to a post-race party featuring local beer, live music, and hot, wood-fired pizza and you'll be wondering: Why run anywhere else?
Cut-off and Aid Stations
With approximately 6,000 feet of elevation gain, this course is as tough as it is beautiful! Runners will have 9 hours to complete the course and can expect 3 fully stocked aid stations on this point to point course.
Local time: 6:57 AM