Race Preview: Elk – King’s Mountain Traverse

King's Mountain is one of the most rewarding, if challenging hikes I've yet done in the Portland area.  Between some grueling elevation gain and technical ascents, the payoff feels even more worth it when you finally reach the top.  When I heard Go Beyond Racing has a race that covers not only King's Mountain, but the additional Elk Mountain traverse loop, I knew it was something I had to look into.

The race will offer two courses through the King’s Mountain area in the Tillamook Forest including a 15 mile and a 50k. If my previous experience with the area is any indication, both of these trails should be incredibly scenic, if challenging. Having also participated in another Go Beyond race at Dog Mountain a few months back, we can probably pretty safely assume the race staff will be just as friendly, supportive, and generally awesome.

And let’s face it, you’d probably need all the support you can get with the work of summitting not one but two mountains for a total elevation gain of 5,800 feet. On the 15k route, technical, steep single-tracks will take runners over Elk and King’s Mountains, while the new 50k course will follow single-tracks along the Wilson River Trail.  The 50k option looks to be slightly less technical, but makes up for it with some extra elevation gain coming in at 7,500 ft of total gain over a scenic, riverside double out and back loop.

Race Vitals:

When: Saturday, October 18th

  • 15k Start: 9:30 AM
  • 50k Start: 7:00 AM


Allow about an hour and a half drive from Portland for both.

  • 15K: Tillamook Forest Center via bus from the Elk Creek Campground
  • 50k: Jones Creek Day Use Area (on Highway 6 just east of the Tillamook Forest Center)

Go Beyond will host a barbecue following the race for racers and technical Patagonia brand race shirts will be available for purchase.  (You’ll probably also get a really cool race photo out of the deal.)

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