Race Preview: 2019 Hell of the Northwest Trail Runs (Alsea Falls)

Appropriately named, Hell of the Northwest Trail Runs promises just that, hellish climbs and difficult courses. But what makes this tough race more heavenly is the gorgeous scenery runners will be encountering. This race offers a half marathon, 10K and 5K and takes place in a little city just outside of Corvallis in the coastal mountain range of Oregon. This means the race is covered by lush trees and beautiful single track trails. Oregon Trail Runs puts on this race, which means it is going to be well run and a wonderful experience. They always make their racers feel like family!

Remember, this race happens just a few weeks before Halloween, so costumes are encouraged! There will be special prizes for the best men’s, women’s, and juniors costume. And if you choose to wear a costume, you can use discount code “costume” to save $5 on registration.

The half marathon climbs 2,100 feet and the first four miles are an out and back before completing a big loop. The 10K only climbs about 1,000 feet and is an entirely out and back course. The 5K is a beautiful trail out and back course.

This race is limited to 200 total participants, 150 in the half and 50 spread across the 10K and 5K. A grey long sleeve tech shirt is available till October 1st and is a great way to show off your accomplishment of finishing this tough race. Age group winners in all distances will receive 50% off an upcoming Oregon Trail Runs race of their choice.

Stay after your race and enjoy a BBQ with food and drinks included in your entry! You won’t want to miss this “hell” of a run!

Hell of the Northwest Trail Runs Details:

Where: Alsea Falls Recreation Area

Date: October 12th, 2019

Time: Parking and packet pickup starting at 8 am inside Fall Creek access rd (South off of S Fork Rd) between the Campground and Day use area

  • 10:10 am 1/2 Marathon start
  • 10:15 am 10K start
  • 10:20 am 5K start
  • 11:45 am BBQ (Included for all participants)
  • 1 pm Awards for top 3 in all age categories.

Distances: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K


  • 1/2 marathon – $55.00
  • 10K- $45.00
  • 5k- $35.00

Register: CLICK HERE

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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