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Old Goats 50 Mile Trail Race

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Distance Ultra marathon

About Old Goats 50 Mile Trail Race

Cleveland National Forest encompasses 460,000 acres (720 sq mi (1,900 km2)), mostly of chaparral, with a few riparian areas. A warm dry mediterranean climate prevails over the Forest. It is the southernmost National forest of California and consists of most of the Santa Ana Mountains and is bisected by the Ortega Highway, which runs from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore. It is administered by the United States Forest Service, a government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture. It is divided into the Descanso, Palomar and Trabuco Ranger Districts and is located in the counties of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange. This is also the host of the annual Old Goat 50 Mile Trail Race.

The Old Goat 50 Mile Trail Race is a modified figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. The camp is 22 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, CA and 5 miles North of the Ortega Highway (RTE. 74). The race has 13,423′ of elevation gain and is rated one of the toughest 50 mile trail races in the country.



Camping is available at Blue Jay Campground at Start/Finish line First come, first served. Lodging is also available at: Best Western Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites and Best Western Capistrano Inn.

After Race Services

Finishers are greeted in Bluejay Campground with a full service BBQ grill that caters to everyones palate, including vegan and gluten free.

Aid Stations

8 Aid Stations and 12 opportunities to pass thru aid stations. Well stocked with supplies and experienced trail runners and experienced volunteers.

Award Medals

All finishers receive 50 mile finisher's medal and awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers.

Equipment Storage

Two drop bag locations on the course. Mile 00 and mile 00. Drop bags must be placed in designated areas by 6:30 a.m.

Maximum Time

14 hrs

Old Goats 50 Mile Trail Race Route Map

Old Goats 50 Mile Trail Race Route Map


Blue Jay Campground

Cleveland National Forest,us


Trabuco Canyon National Reserve

San Jacinto National Reserve

Lake Elsinore


The Old Goat 50 Mile Trail Race is a modified figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. The first loop of the race takes place on a twenty mile technical single track that meanders down through oak and sycamore lined canyons and then up onto ridges high above the Ortega Corridor. It then descends from the ridge to the famous “Candy Store” aid station at mile 11. From the Candy Store the runners continue on the lollypop loop and return to Bluejay. 

From Bluejay the race begins the first serious climb of the race, a 1000′ journey up a narrow truck trail. The course then descends 2500′ on a 5 mile rocky technical trail into the Mountain Community of Holy Jim Canyon, the half way point. From Holy Jim canyon the race again turns uphill, climbing 4,000’in the next 7.5 miles to the Summit of Santiago Peak, the highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains. Although it’s a 2000′ net downhill from the Antenna Fields at Santiago peak to the finish, there is still 1500′ of UP! The final miles of the race occur on the Main Divide Truck Trail with aid stations every 2.5 miles.

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.