Saturday, Sep 4, 2021

The High Sierra 50K and Trail Marathon

17510 US-50


Registration closes: Fri, Sep 3 @ 11:59PM

Race Information

The High Sierra 50K and Trail Marathon 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

Note on Registration

Troy's California Trail Runs Presents SUMMER IN THE SIERRAS! Our Races are permitted and ready to go! See you on the trails!


Active military receives a 15% discount.
Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.


Trail Marathon – $150
50K – $150

Registration fees include the following:
Commemorative medals for all runners.
Winning medals for top finishers and age group finishers.
A High Sierra 50K Custom T-Shirt by Troy’s California Trail Runs. Sport-Tek technical fabric t-shirt. All shirts are gender-specific and come in sizes ranging from ladies XS all the way to mens XXL. Must register before 8/20 in order to receive custom shirt, otherwise a standard TCTRUNS shirt will be provided.
Access to all aid stations along the course.
A professional videographer/photographer taking pics of all runners.
A High Sierra Adventure!
An optional shuttle service will transport runners from the Finish line at the Kirkwood Resort to the Start line at the Strawberry Lodge on the day before the race. This will allow you to stay at the Strawberry Lodge and leave your vehicle at the finish line for pick-up when you have completed the race. This will be an additional $38 Cost.

Register at Race
Please be prepared to pay via Cash or Check. Race Day Registrations will be charged an additional $10.

The High Sierra 50K and Trail Marathon (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 and Trail Marathon START
7:00 PM — 50K and Trail Marathon FINISH – RACE OVER
7:23 PM — Sunset

Course Information

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 Course Maps

The High Sierra 50K Course Map -->

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

The High Sierra Trail Marathon Course Map -->

Elevation profile --> 7,122Ft Ascent / 5,065Ft Descent

Aid Stations and Cut Off Times

50K and Trail Marathon 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)

Travel and Accomodations

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. More information coming soon. These rates are subject to availability.

For Phone Reservations:
To make a single-night booking - please call the resort directly - (209) 258-6000
For Online Reservations:

Other Accomodations (START LINE AREA)
The Strawberry Lodge
17510 US-50, Kyburz, CA 95720
The Sierra Inn
13666 US-50, Kyburz, CA 95720

Local time: 11:39 PM

Start Times

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