Introducing the Coyote Wall 50K/25K trail races
Wonderland Running is very excited to announce the first running of two beautiful, challenging, new trail races in the iconic Columbia River Gorge: The Coyote Wall 50K and 25K!
The 50K will take place Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 and the 25K on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. The 50K has 7,300’ feet of climb, while the 25K features 4,300’ of climb, all on breathtaking trails with sweeping vistas. The races are grand and thoughtfully crafted tours of this unique Cascade rainshadow ecosystem, with minimal amounts of repeated trails. Mount Hood’s imposing volcanic pyramid looms large over much of the course, while other parts of the course flow between Douglas fir forest, oak savanna, and grasslands with seemingly endless viewscapes of the Columbia River Gorge.
This is a rugged, sometimes technical, and fairly steep course that will challenge even the most seasoned trail runners. Due to steep climbs and technical terrain, this 50k is not considered a beginner’s course, and runners are therefore strongly encouraged to have prior ultramarathon experience.. However, with a 9½ hour cutoff for the 50K and a 5½ hours for the 25K, adequately prepared trail runners of all speeds will be able to finish.
Mark your calendars for what promises to be a magical and memorable trail running weekend in our beloved Columbia River Gorge! I hope to see you in November !!!!!
~ Sean Harrasser
~ Sean Harrasser (Wonderland Running)
Like all trail races, Coyote Wall Trail Races would not be possible without the kindness and help from volunteers. We are fortunate enough to have a good volunteer community, and we have a great leadership team lined up to organize and captain our aid stations! But there will still be much help needed come race weekend. We will be opening volunteer signups through Ultrasignup starting on September 1st. Please check back for information if you are interested in helping out as a volunteer!
We are a small, first year race. As such, there are absolutely no refunds or bib/registration transfers to other runners. There are absolutely no exceptions. If you must cancel your registration, and you do so more than 30 days prior to the race, you can elect to get a 50% credit toward next year’s Coyote Wall Trail Races (2020). Please note: All cancellations must be done through your Ultrasignup account in order to receive the 50% race credit toward the 2020 Coyote Wall Trail Races. Any cancellations that happen 30 days or less from the date of the race for which you are registered will receive no credit, no refund, and no transfer opportunity. There are no exceptions to this. If the 2019 Coyote Wall Trail Races are cancelled for any reason (e.g. fire or fire hazard, severe weather, Acts of God, etc.), there will be no refund whatsoever. We will attempt to reschedule the Coyote Wall Trail Races to another proximate 2019 date. In the event the Coyote Wall Trail Races are cancelled and cannot be rescheduled in 2019, we will offer registered runners a 50% credit toward the 2020 Coyote Wall Trail Races. All other moneys over incurred costs will be donated to our event beneficiaries. Thank you for reading this and for understanding this.
Event Dates and Fees
|Fee Before 7/31/19||$105||$70|
|Fee After 7/31/19||$115||$80|
|Fee After 9/30/19||$125||$85|
Getting to the Start/Finish Line
Most runners will be coming from or through Portland. Here are the directions from Portland to the start/finish line:
- Head east on I-84 to Hood River (approximately 50 miles)
- In Hood River, take exit 64 (Mt Hood Hwy) toward OR-35/White Salmon/Govt. Camp
- Turn left onto Button Bridge Rd/Mt Hood Hwy
- Continue straight to cross the Hood River Bridge (Note: there is a $2 toll to cross the bridge from both directions)
- Turn right onto WA-14 E
- Turn left on Courtney Rd
- Take the first right onto Old Hwy 8
- Continue one-tenth of a mile to the Coyote Wall Trailhead
If you are coming from the east, take I-84 west to Hood River or WA-14 W west to Courtney Road. Then use the directions above to get to the Coyote Wall Trailhead.
Estimated drive times:
- Portland, OR - 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Seattle, WA - 3½ hours
- Tri-Cities, WA - 2½ hours
- Eugene, OR - 2 hours, 45 minutes
Wonderland Running recognizes the honor and privilege of being able to use these beautiful lands for the Coyote Wall Trail Races. As such, it is important that we give something back to the community and to this special place. For the 2019 races, we will be donating a portion of the race proceeds to the following organizations:
Columbia High School Athletics Program
Columbia High School in White Salmon, is the local high school of the community where the Coyote Wall Trail Races are being held. We are donating to them on behalf of Kreps Ranch, who has generously allowed use of their land for the 50K race.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Friends of the Columbia Gorge are the only non-profit organization dedicated entirely to ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come.
Please consider supporting these organizations.
U.S. Forest Service Notice
This event is granted by a Special Use Permit through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.