Needles 50k Race Info

Date

7/22/17

Avg Temps f.

82/54 (Easton, WA @2400 ft)

Gain/Loss in ft

10,000/10,000

Furthest Aid

12.5 miles

Highest Elev.

~5800ft

Start

8am

6am start available

Surface

Trail

Time Limit

10 hours/12 hours for early starters

Sunrise/set

5:32am/8:51pm

Longest Climb

2600ft/8 miles

Summary: The Needles 50k is one burly, beautiful loop starting from Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, Washington, connecting Domerie Divide, Thomas Mtn, French Cabin Mtn, Little Joe Lake, Thorp Mtn, Kachess Ridge (aka The Cardiac Needles), and Silver Creek, sharing the last ~16 miles of the Cascade Crest 100 course. This course is tough. Due to access, there will only be 2 limited aid stations. Think graduate level mountain run. Prerequisite: 50 mile trail run in 12 hours or less.

Race Details

Lessons Learned from Race Reports / Important Things to Note

  • Course markings and aid stations are minimal
  • Climbing often seems relentless
  • The climb up to Thorp Mountain (~mile 16) until the 2nd aid station (mile 24.9), where the Cascade Crest 100 course is the same, is the “Needles” section on the CCC 100 course, which is full of steep, technical, exposed climbs and descents, without switchbacks.
  • Course is exposed and above treeline above ~4900-5000 feet, so be ready for full exposure during the day at the top of the climbs around miles 2.5-8 (with some dips in there) and between miles 16 and 22.5
  • Final descent is steep, rocky and rooty at some points and feels really long.

Elevation

Total gain/loss: 10,000/10,000

Total climbs: 5 major, countless “minor”

  • 2600ft/2.7 miles
  • 500ft/1 mile
  • 1000ft/2.8 miles (with 2 false summits in between)
  • 2600/8 miles (with 4 false summits before the final summit; final push to summit is about 800ft/1.2 miles
  • 500ft/1.5 miles (with 2 false summits in between)
  • From about mile 22 on, you lose about 2300ft with one small pop of about 200 feet around mile 23

Longest climb: 2600/8 miles (with 4 false summits before the final summit; final push to summit is about 800ft/1.2 miles

Steepest climb: 1400ft/1 mile and 500ft/.4 miles

Elevation profile:

(Race starts in Easton on the bottom of the map and heads counterclockwise. Map indicates that Kachess Beacon Trail around mile 29 is part of the course, which it is not)

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 2

Furthest distance apart: 12.5 miles

Locations: Mile 12.4 and 24.9

What’s available: Typical aid station fare like Coke, chips, pb&j. Because this is a minimally supported event, if you need special food, and because of the long distance between aid stations, be prepared to carry much of your own fuel.

Crew access

None

Pacers

None

Race qualifiers

None

Race reports

Matt Urbanski’s Race Report

Stephanie G’s Race Report

Dan L’s Race Report

https://trailsareglutenfree.com/2016/08/08/needles-50k-a-fatass-race-report/

https://ultrarunning.com/featured/needles-50k-back-to-basics/

http://www.sweatonceaday.com/2015/09/cascade-crest-100-race-report.html (From CCC 100, so find the section starting at the Needles)

Strava activities and GPX files

https://www.strava.com/activities/1098195775

https://www.strava.com/activities/1096707981

https://www.strava.com/activities/1098269472

Race Website

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