Event Info

Early Start Option: If you are concerned about meeting the cut-off times, we will offer a 5:00 a.m. early start option. You must have flashlight or headlamp to start, as it will still be dark.

This is the 40th running of the PCT 50 mile trail run. Mostly along single track trail in the Cleveland National Forest, the out and back course offers spectacular scenery and challenge. Over 7500 feet of elevation gain, at altitudes ranging from 3000 to 6000 feet.


Fully stocked aid stations at miles 6.4, 13.7, 17.5, 22.7, 27.3, 32.5, 36.3, and 43.6. In addition to the usual assortment of ultra fuel, we will have Tailwind and Hammer Gels and Endurolyte. Cuban roast port, black beans, rice and plantains at the finish line.


Crews will only be permitted access to Penny Pines aid station. Drop bags must have runner's name and will be available at Penny Pines. (NOTE: Todd's Cabin is only accessible to crews via trail. Crews must park at Monument Peak Road and hike in @ 1/4 mile north along the PCT to the aid station or meet their runner where the PCT crosses Monument Peak Road. DO NOT DRIVE INTO TODD'S CABIN.)


There will be a 13.5 hour cut-off to complete the run (3.7 MPH pace). This takes you through sunset. Additionally, there will be a 6 hour cut-off at Penny Pines, a 8.5 hour cut-off enforced on the return trip through Todd's Cabin (3.8 MPH pace) and a 11.5 hour cut-off on the return trip through Fred Canyon Road. No exceptions. RD also reserves the right to pull lagging runners off the course at any time.

Anyone caught littering along the course will be disqualified and removed. Furthermore, Race Director reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone behaving in an improper or unsafe manner.


To start/finish line: Boulder Oaks campground is @ 1 hour east of downtown San Diego. Take I-8 East, exit Buckman Springs Road (this is the exit following Sunrise Highway exit). Turn right off exit ramp. Make quick left at stop sign onto Old Highway 80 and go east (parallel to I-8) about 1-2 miles to campground. Park completely off shoulder along Old Highway 80.

Crew access to Todd's/Penny Pines: Take Sunrise Highway north. Todd's Cabin is at mile marker 24.5. Penny Pines is at mile marker 27.5. Parking at aid station locations requires a National Forest Adventure Pass. Day use passes are available for $5 at local stores and at REI and A-16 locations. (Pass is not required when parking along Old Highway 80 near run start/finish.)


Tiny House Block in Mt. Laguna. Visit their website at www.TinyHouseBlock.com or click here to go straight to their booking page to choose the tiny house that works for you! Mention PCT 50 and receive 10% off your stay!

Pine Valley Inn: 619-473-8560

Laguna Lodge: 619-473-8533, or www.lagunamountain.com

Boulder Oaks Campground
Lake Morena Campground