Traversing the Old Cascades at the 2022 Old Cascadia

This race has been postponed to October 15th due to the crazy spring weather that has buried the course in snow! ONLY the 50 Miler and 20 Miler will occur in 2022!  

This summer race season is full of exciting trail runs – some annual, some inaugural, and all beautiful! Coming up on June 18th and 19th, our good friends at Alpine Running are hosting their scenic Old Cascadia race with 3 distances to choose from that are all sure to be epic.

Their website describes the scenery as:

These majestic trail races will take you to some of the oldest summits in Oregon for an unforgettable race experience. The Cascade Mountain Range is really two ranges in one. The familiar High Cascades are a young range of soaring, snow-capped active volcanoes, that include peaks like Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood – which can be seen from the course. However, the High Cascades owe their elevation to the westerly Old Cascades, the ancient, deeply eroded mountains that formed the foundation of the high peaks tens of millions of years prior. The extinct volcanoes of the Old Cascades are renown for their lush rainforests, brilliant meadows and prolific wildlife. Each race offers running through such landscapes along with sweeping views, creek crossings and big climbs all the while running on some of the best single-track trails Oregon has to offer.

Now for the distrance-specific details.

20 Mile:

The 20M course covers the last 20 miles of the 50M course and is a point-to-point. The total elevation gain is 5,800 feet and 6,800 feet of loss. If that sounds like a lot for “just” a 20M, just remember the views will be worth it!

The course will be approximately 92.5% single-track trails, 5% paved road and 2.5% gravel road and there will be 2 fully stocked aid stations. There is no cut-off time for the 20M. The 20M starts at 9:00AM and racers will need to catch the shuttle at 8:00AM.

50 Mile:

The 50 Miler is a lollipop course. There’s a big climb to start, an even bigger descent, some peak bagging, some rollers –  but the views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters are well-worth your efforts.

Total elevation gain is 1400 feet and 1400 feet of loss. This course will 93% on single-track trails, 3% two-track, 2% gravel roads and 2% paved road with 6 fully stocked aid stations. Runners will have 17 hours to complete the 50 mile course. The race begins at 5:30AM and there is no need for a race shuttle for this distance.


The 50k will incorporate what the race website refers to as the “Epic Loop” and will also run around Daly Lake. This route consists of 95% trail and 4 full stocked aid stations. There will be 9300 ft. of climbing to look forward to. Like the 50 Miler, a shuttle will not be required to get to the start line, and this distance will start at 7:00AM.

As usual, there will be free food and drinks for all runners and volunteers after the race. All finishers will receive a sweet custom finisher award. The top 3 male and female for each distance will get some great prizes from race sponsors.

The beneficiary for this event is Sweet Home High School and they will be out at 4 aid stations, so be sure to say hi!!

Ready to register? Visit Ultra Signup and also stay up-to-date with race details on Facebook!


What: 2022 Old Cascadia 50M/50k/20M

When: June 18th (50M & 20M) & 19th (50k)

Where: 50M & 20M starts at Lava Lake Sno Park, Willamette National Forest & 50k begins at Quarry – Off of Forest Service Road 1161 in the Willamette National Forest

Cost: $165 for 50M, $150 for 50k, & $120 for 20M

Register: Here

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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