Big Elk 50k

  • 31 Miles of Lusty Landscapes

  • 7,000+ ft. Vertical Ft. Elevation Gain 

  • 7,000+ ft. Vertical Ft. Elevation Loss

  • (14,000+ Vertical Ft. Change)

  • Start time 6:00 am on Saturday

  • The final cut-off is 12 hours (6:00 pm on Saturday) 

*Prerequisites:  Possessing a healthy appetite for beauty and some pain... 


  • Start & Finish at Big Elk Creek YMCA camp

    • 98% Single Track

  • Cut-offs: There are only 2:

    • N. Indian Cr., leaving by 11:00 am Saturday morning

    • Big Elk Creek finish, 6:00 pm Saturday evening

  • Creek Crossings, there are multiple ones, depending on snowmelt, but none of them are over thigh-deep with the deepest being Big Elk Cr. and a rope is secured during high water years

    • You will have wet feet, you will NEED merino wool socks and shoes that drain well

      • We discourage the use of waterproof shoes as they won't breathe well in the July heat​

  • No drop bag locations and no pacers allowed... What you bring is what you get!

  • Crew Access at mile 9 aid station, Indian Creek.

  • Aid stations are located at miles 9, 14, 23, 28 for a total of 4 fully-stocked aid stops

  • Pricing: $100 by Jan. 31 - $120 by Apr. 30 - $145 until registration closes Jun. 30

(Select the Schedule & Policies button below to see critical information)

50k Maps

*Exporting the GPX file for the course requires opening the map in CalTopo (upper right section of the maps). Once there go to the menu at the top of the page. Select "Export" and you can download the GPX file there. You can then also import the GPX file into your own CalTopo map and adjust it as you need/want.

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