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Badwater Salton Sea

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Badwater Salton Sea

This remarkable event challenges up to 35 teams of two or three ultrarunners running together as duos or trios for the duration, not in a relay to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The route covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean.


Badwater Salton Sea

  • 130.35654km



Borrego Springs Resort, Baileys Palomar Resort, Palomar Vista Lodge. Camping is also available at Palomar Mountain State Park and Cleveland National Forest.

After Race Services

Post-race brunch party at the finish line.

Aid Stations

There are no aid stations. Each team must be accompanied by a support crew who is responsible for their food and equipment throughout the duration of the race.

Award Medals

All runners who complete the full 81-mile route within the guidelines of the race will receive the finisher’s buckle, but only intact teams of two or three will be ranked as Official Finishers. All runners who complete the full 81-mile route within the guidelines of the race will qualify for Badwater Coast-to-Coast and Badwater Ultra Cup.

Maximum Time

28 hrs

Badwater Salton Sea Route Map

Badwater Salton Sea Route Map


Salton Sea

Salton City,us


Palomar Mountain

Salton City,us


Pacific Ocean


The Badwater Salton Sea route covers 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 234 feet / 71m below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (finish line elevation: 5500 feet above sea level.) There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet. Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail. 

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.