Course Description:

The 50M distance starts at the Old Elementary School in the historic town of Foresthill. It then descends down the Cal loop to Rucky Chucky and continues along the Middle Fork of the American River on the Tevis Cup and Western States trails before crossing the river at Poverty Bar. Runners will then head up dead Truck to the WS Trail, past ALT to Brown's Bar, drop down to Quarry and cross Hwy 49. From there it is up to Cool, down the Coffer loop to the infamous K2 training hill descent, and then rejoins the other distances at No Hands Bridge and finishes in Auburn at the American River Canyon Overlook Park (Auburn Dam Overlook).

Start Time:

The 50 Mile race starts at 6am.


Shuttles to the start-line at the old Foresthill Elementary School will leave Auburn/Overlook Park at 4:45am for the 50M race. Tickets for the shuttle are available with registration.

Course Map:

Overlook 50 Mile Caltopo Map.jpg

For Caltopo link click here.

For map PDF click here.

For GPX file click here.

Elevation Profile

Overlook 50M Elevation Profile.jpg

Aid Stations:

Canyons 100K AS Chart 3.jpg

Crews are welcome to support runners. Due to aid station locations, some crew access requires foot travel from 1 to 2 miles. Crews are permitted at the following aid stations: Rucky Chucky (foot access only, 2 miles one way), Cool, No Hands Bridge and the finish at Auburn Overlook.

Aid Station Directions: Provided below are crew driving directions to aid stations from the start at the old Foresthill Elementary School. Mileage is approximate, your distance may vary. Some aid stations require hiking 1-2 miles along unpaved, rough roads, or trails. Access aid stations at your own risk.

Rucky Chucky
West on Foresthill Rd – 9 miles
Left on Drivers Flat Rd – 0.4 miles
- Park in Drivers Flat Staging Area
- Parking Fee Required
- Hike down dirt road on left to Rucky Chucky – 2 miles

From Driver’s Flat Rd (Rucky Chucky Aid Station) to Cool Aid Station “Olmstead Loop Trail Trailhead”
Turn left onto Foresthill Rd. Drive 4.7 miles and turn left onto Old Foresthill Rd
Drive 3.4 miles and turn left onto HWY 49
Drive 3.4 miles and turn right onto St. Florian Ct.
- The Aid station is located to the back corner of the Equestrian Parking Lot behind the Fire Station.

From Cool Aid Station “Olmstead Loop Trail Trailhead” to No Hands Bridge Aid Station
(Auburn State Recreational Area) - “Black Hole of Calcutta Falls Trailhead”

Turn left onto HWY 49 from St. Florian Ct.
Drive 3.4 miles to the parking area for Auburn State Recreational Area on the left hand side of the road. If you cross the bridge to intersect with HWY 40/El Dorado Rd, you have just passed the trailhead parking.

From Auburn State Recreational Area - “Black Hole of Calcutta Falls Trailhead” (No Hands Bridge Aid Station) to Finish Line-
Auburn Overlook Park (840 Pacific Avenue)

From the parking area: Drive 500 ft over the bridge and turn left onto HWY 49/El Dorado St.
Drive 2.8 miles (northwest) on HWY 49/El Dorado St. and continue on High St for 0.3 miles.
Turn left onto Pleasant Avenue and drive 1/2 mile. Pleasant Ave turns slightly left and becomes Pacific Ave. Auburn Overlook Park is on your left.


Runners may pick up a Pacer at the Cool Aid Station (mile 35.5) to the finish. Pacer will need to sign a waiver at Cool or Auburn Overlook Park but do not need to wear a bib number.