50 Miler

50 Mile runners start at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Cooper Landing at 6:00AM and run up near Resurrection Pass before taking a right turn on the Devil's Pass trail junction. Follow Devil's Pass down 6 miles.

Note that runners will not descend all the way to the Devil's Pass Trailhead.

The turnaround point will be manned and marks the one and only checkpoint on the course (mile 22.5).

Turn around and climb back to the junction to complete the 12 mile out and back. Upon returning to the junction, take a right turn and head north to the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Hope.

Map and Elevation Profile

Check out the new mileage list of course landmarks!

Please Note: Measured distances in Google Earth files (.kml) or GPS (.gpx) files are not always 100% accurate. The actual course distance is based on data from a number of sources and is a full 50 miles.

50 Mile Map

50 Mile Elevation Profile

50 Mile Elevation Profile

Directions To 50 Mile Start
From Anchorage, take the New Seward Highway to Sterling Highway. Proceed on the Sterling Highway to Cooper Landing. After passing through Cooper Landing, cross over the bridge over the Kenai River, and the Resurrection Pass Trailhead will be on the right, just beyond a large gravel parking area. Turn right into the USFS parking area, which isn't visible from the road. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Anchorage to the start at legal speeds.

Directions To 50 Mile Finish
To get to the finish of the 50 Miler and the meeting place/finish of the 100 Miler take the New Seward Highway to the Hope turnoff. Follow the Hope Highway almost to Hope then turn left onto Resurrection Road (toward Palmer Creek Road but don't go that far). Proceed 4 miles to the Resurrection Pass trailhead.


Temperatures in early August in the Kenai Mountains can vary between 30s and 70s. It can be warm and sunny or cold, windy, and rainy. Prepare appropriately. Remember there's 20+ miles between checkpoints.


Bears and moose have the right of way.