Non-profit ultramarathons and trail running in Capitol State Forest, Olympia, Washington

CAPITOL PEAK 50 MILE/55KM COURSE INFO

2014 course will START at the Margaret McKenny campground (same as the Mega Fat Ass).
(see driving directions to the start).

SEE NEW MAPS!! (REVISED APRIL16, 2014) DUE TO TRAIL CLOSURE ON THE GRUNT TRAIL AND LOGGING OPERATIONS NEAR A1 TRAIL, DNR HAVE REQUIRED US TO CHANGE OUR COURSE. HERE IS NEW REVISED COURSE! 
NOTE: Both 50 mile and 55K do a shorter loop on Capitol Peak (without the Grunt Trail) and both distances go to Wedekind. The 50 mile out and back is 8.3 miles on the Porter Trail (one way).

50 mile and 55 Km course map (new revised April 16, 2014)


SEE CREW AND AID STATION STAFF DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO AID STATIONS 
No crew at A1/A11 and A6/A8

MAP DISCLAIMER:

Mileage is only estimate from bike computer and may not be the same as any GPS devise used during the race!

The background map is from the Washington State Dept of Natural Recourses 2013 Capitol State Forest map.  The background map is just a portion of the 2013 Capitol State Forest Map in order to represent the trails that were renamed on the new 2013 map.  Also, trails names on this map have been recently changed with new trail signage throughout Capitol State Forest, to reflect the new DNR Capitol Forest Map. When in doubt, follow the red/yellow flagging or orange spray paint arrows to follow the Capitol Peak 50mile or 55k course.

The WA Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) 2013 Capitol State Forest map (with legend and other details) with new trail names can be found here:
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_rms_capmapnu_may2.pdf 
Map can be loaded onto iPhone or android phone at this DNR blogsite: 
http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/top-5-reasons-to-download-the-new-capitol-state-forest-map-onto-your-smartphone/


Spreadsheets for 50mile and 55km for aid station planning (cutoff times, drop bags, crew access, food/fluids etc)
The cut-off time is 7:00 pm, so take advantage of the early start if you think you will take more then 12.5 hours.

Profiles: 50 Mile and 55 Km (Thanks to Roger Michel and Evergreen Trail Runs for creating these profiles!
Note: these are estimate elevations and mileages, based on National Geographic TOPO software!

Drop Bag Info (REVISED 4/16/2014)
  • Please mark clearly on your drop bags your bib number and First and Last name (easiest to use duck tape).  
  • As a part of your packet, you will be getting a Capitol Peak logo bag that you can use as one of your drop bags...just please clearly mark this bag. 
  • The drop bags at Falls Creek A2/A10 can be dropped off at the Packet pickup at South Sound Running on Friday to ensure you get your drop bag there ontime (especially the early starters). If you can't make the packet pickup, the drop bags for Falls Creek will be leaving at the start by 6:15 am.
  • Falls Creek A2/A10, Capitol A3/A4, Wedekind A5/A9 are stations you go through twice and you only need 1 drop bag per station. 
  • A7 is the 50 mile Porter turnaround and is drop bag location but it is recommended to use the other stations if possible.
  • A1/A9 and A6/A8 are both not a drop bag or crew access station and only have water.
  • 55k runners  go to Wedekind A5/A9 but don't go to A6-A8 on the Porter out and back and don't need to worry about a drop bag there.
  • When you pass through an aid station the second time and you no longer need your drop bag, please let an aid station volunteer know. A batch of drop bags will be driven back to the finish prior to some aid station close (Wedekind, Porter Turn Around and Falls). 
  • It is highly recommended you don't  put anything too valuable in your bags. We will do our best to get the drop bags back to the finish as soon as there is driver available.

COURSE INFO
NEW for 2013!! Capitol State Forest has a new map! You can download the map on your iPhone or Smart phone from the following link: http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/top-5-reasons-to-download-the-new-capitol-state-forest-map-onto-your-smartphone/
Or purchase a hard copy map at the following link:
http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/new-capitol-state-forest-map-is-hot-off-the-presses/
Note: Trail names have changed on the map and in the forest, but when in doubt just follow the yellow/red flagging or other course marking to follow the course.

The 50 mile and 55Km course is subject to change this year due to timber sale activity or winter storm that occurs throughout Capitol Forest. Please stay tuned for updates on trail conditions ...we also encourage you to come out and help with trail work! 

The course is almost entirely an out and back with a few smaller loops. Both the 50 mile and 55Km will start off the same on the Green Line #6 trail and climb up Capitol Peak towers. The 55Km follow the 50 mile to Wedekind and will then head back to Falls and to the  finish. The 50 mile will continue west on the Porter Trail after Wedekind. Then do an approximately 16.6 mile out and back from Wedekind. Then follow the Wedeking Trail to Falls Creek. And then back to the finish at Margaret McKenny campground on the Greenline #6.



Overall elevation gain for the 50 mile is approximately 6,500 feet. The 55k is about 4,500 feet. The elevation above sea level varies between 300 feet and at 2,659 feet on top of Capitol Peak.  The course has 90% single track hiking and horse trails throughout Capitol State Forest. Terrain is generally rolling in between the major climbs and descents, and in some small portions with steep rocky or muddy conditions. There are also great views on a clear day of Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, and other Cascade Volcanoes on a clear day!

Camping is available at Margaret McKenny campground, off of Wadell Creek Road. The Margaret McKenny Campground is a first come, first serve basis, and will be open specially for our race. However, all other campgrounds in Capitol State Forest will be closed. Please note, these campgrounds do not have water and only pit toilets. Please do not camp in the parking area near the event tent!
NO OTHER CAMPGROUND IS OPEN IN CAPITOL FOREST ON APRIL 25-26TH!


Day of Race Registration opens at 5:00 a.m.

CREW INSTRUCTIONS

SEE CREW AND AID STATION STAFF DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO AID STATIONS 
No crew at A1/A11 and A6/A8


Rules for Crew:


1) Absolutely no speeding while driving to aid stations.

2) No crewing at any point along the course, except at designated aid stations. This is especially important along the C-Line Road, where runners will be running along!!

3) Park along side of the road without blocking the road and especially do not block any trails that the course is following. The course will be marked with orange flagging and white arrow markers.

4) At aid stations, please crew your runner off the side and not at the aid station table. Please pick up your trash and throw it away at the aid station.

5) Crew are welcome to help volunteer at an aid station while waiting for your runners. However, please respect the aid station worker protocol.


Interested in Volunteering: Email

Race Director: John Pearch
Contact: (evenings)
Race Address: P.O. Box 845 Olympia, WA  98507

    
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