Race Preview: 2019 Timberline Trail Half Marathon (Government Camp)

In the Pacific Northwest, the scenes of towering mountains and lush green forests excite and bring calm to those venturing within their shadows. Trail runner seek out these exceptional locals to also inspire as they aim to push the limits of their own abilities. The Timberline Trail Half Marathon is one of those coveted runs that will simultaneously drain your energy with technical tails while also filling your soul with the energy only found after a day in the forest.

The course, although notably challenging, is one of the most scenic in the Pacific Northwest with views of Mount Hood from the banks of Timothy Lake. The half marathon is longer than the traditional ½ and follows 14.4 mile trail around Timothy Lake. This race starts and finishes south of Timothy Lake, on Oregon Skyline Road. Runners then complete an out-and-back loop around the lake. The loop is run counter clockwise, passing Hoodview Campground and Pine Point Campground. The trail is single-track and often technical. The race is run around 3,000 feet above sea level, and the high elevation is something to consider in training and race-day preparations.

There will be three aid stations along the course. These stations include water, Gatorade and toilets. Stations are located at miles 6.25, 10, and 12.25. In addition to provided aid, participants are asked to carry any other supplies or medications (EpiPen) with them as emergency help can be far away due to the remote location of this event.

Additional notes to consider include:

  • Since traffic does not stop at road crossings, runners should come to a stop and check for safe crossing. Remove headphones at road crossings.
  • Horses are present on the trails and runners are asked to slowly walk when encountering an equestrian and wait for the horse to pass or pull off the trail.
  • Littering along the trail will result in runner disqualification.
  • In an effort to create a safe environment for all runners, participants must be able to complete the course in 4 hours.

In addition to the typical post-race fare, there will be massages available to athletes to help work out all those kinks gained on the trail. You can prepay for your massage at registration or pay with cash/check on the day of the race for the 15 minute ($20) or 30 minute ($40) massages.


Date: June 15 & 16, 2019

Time: 15th @ 10:00 am; 16th @ 9:30 am

Location: Historic Clackamas Ranger Station, OR 97028

Price: $55 – $75

Registration: RaceWire

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