Welcome to the Coyote Wall 55K & 25K Trail Races
Wonderland Running is very excited to announce the second running of two beautiful, challenging trail races in the iconic Columbia River Gorge: The Coyote Wall 55K and 25K!
The 55K will take place Saturday, October 31st, 2020 and the 25K will take place on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. The 55K has 8,200’ feet of climb, while the 25K features 4,000’ of climb, all on breathtaking trails with sweeping vistas. The races are grand and thoughtfully crafted tours of this unique Cascade rainshadow ecosystem, with minimal amounts of repeated trails. Mount Hood’s imposing volcanic pyramid looms large over much of the course, while other parts of the course flow between Douglas fir forest, oak savanna, and grasslands with seemingly endless viewscapes of the Columbia River Gorge.
This is a rugged, sometimes technical, and fairly steep course that will challenge even the most seasoned trail runners. Due to steep climbs and technical terrain, these are not considered beginner’s courses, and runners are therefore strongly encouraged to have prior trail running experience. However, with a 9½ hour cutoff for the 55K and a 5½ hours for the 25K, adequately prepared trail runners of all speeds will be able to finish.
New for this year: finisher's awards, and warm, yummy finish line food!!! Don't worry, there will still be plenty of old-school, fat-ass style vibe... you just get some things with it this time!
Mark your calendars for what promises to be a magical and memorable trail running weekend in our beloved Columbia River Gorge! I hope to see you out there for these Autumnal adventures!!!!!
Ancestral lands of the Klickitat people.
~ Sean Harrasser
~ Sean Harrasser (Wonderland Running)
Event Dates and Fees
|Fee Before 4/1/2020||$100||$65|
|Fee After 4/1/2020||$110||$75|
|Fee After 9/1/2020||$120||$85|
Getting to the Start/Finish Line
Most runners will be coming from or through Portland. Here are the directions from Portland to the start/finish line:
- Head east on I-84 to Hood River (approximately 50 miles)
- In Hood River, take exit 64 (Mt Hood Hwy) toward OR-35/White Salmon/Govt. Camp
- Turn left onto Button Bridge Rd/Mt Hood Hwy
- Continue straight to cross the Hood River Bridge (Note: there is a $2 toll to cross the bridge from both directions)
- Turn right onto WA-14 E
- Turn left on Courtney Rd
- Take the first right onto Old Hwy 8
- Continue one-tenth of a mile to the Coyote Wall Trailhead
If you are coming from the east, take I-84 west to Hood River or WA-14 W west to Courtney Road. Then use the directions above to get to the Coyote Wall Trailhead.
Estimated drive times:
- Portland, OR - 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Seattle, WA - 3½ hours
- Tri-Cities, WA - 2½ hours
- Eugene, OR - 2 hours, 45 minutes
Wonderland Running recognizes the honor and privilege of being able to use these beautiful lands for the Coyote Wall Trail Races. As such, it is important that we give something back to the community and to this special place. For the 2019 races, we will be donating a portion of the race proceeds to the following organizations:
Columbia High School Athletics Program
Columbia High School in White Salmon, is the local high school of the community where the Coyote Wall Trail Races are being held. We are donating to them on behalf of Kreps Ranch, who has generously allowed use of their land for the 55K race.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Friends of the Columbia Gorge are the only non-profit organization dedicated entirely to ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come.
Please consider supporting these organizations.
U.S. Forest Service Notice
This event is granted by a Special Use Permit through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.