June 3 - June 4
Welcome to the Cape Mountain Trail Runs! These 50K and 25K loop courses soar high above the Pacific Ocean on one of the Oregon Coast’s most defining headlands, Cape Mountain. Just 15 minutes north of Florence, the mountain’s hidden gem trail network offers miles and miles of exceptional singletrack through moss-draped old growth rainforest, enchanting creek canyons, and rare coastal headland meadows.
Since 2003, this special event has been a local fundraiser for the Siuslaw High School Cross Country program in Florence and we are proud to continue supporting them as the event’s beneficiary.
Oregon’s Cape Mountain headland projects straight out of the Pacific Ocean from its base at Sea Lion Point (famous for its caves!), rising nearly 1500’ above sea level at its summit. Within the mighty Siuslaw National Forest (pronounced sigh-YEW-slaw), Cape Mountain’s massive size, volcanic origins and location define the Central Oregon Coast as the northern geographic boundary of the Oregon Dunes and the Siuslaw River Valley, home to some of the most scenic coastline anywhere in the United States. Meadow and summit views extend for dozens of miles on clear days, having been stewarded by fire for thousands of years by the native Siuslaw peoples, who’ve hunted deer and elk here for countless generations. The Siuslaw tribe’s name for the mountain is Hu’wiina, the “high dark place at the north end of the sand dunes”.