Skyline to the sea 50k
Skyline to the sea 50km trail run
Since learning about the inaugural Skyline to the Sea 50k in the spring, I’ve been looking forward to running it. The idea is fantastic: a 50-kilometer point-to-point race from the Santa Cruz Mountains’ dividing ridge to Waddell Beach on the Pacific Ocean. The trail passes through Castle Rock State Park and Big Basin State Park, which is known for its old growth redwoods. The Skyline to Sea trail is just over 26 miles long, so a 7.2-mile hill loop inside the Big Basin redwoods was added to make the 50-kilometer distance. There is a net elevation gain of 3,000 feet and a fall of 5,600 feet. Pacific Coast Trail Runs (PCTR) coordinated the event flawlessly, as they often do with their stunning and well-marked courses. I had a fantastic race, tying for first place in 3:38:33 with Lon Freeman (8:09 Miwok 100k course record holder, 5:58 American River 50 miler), a complete 20 minute PR for 50k. The ideal weather (50s to 60s and mostly cloudy), the course’s net downhill character, and good trails all contributed to quick times.
2017 skyline to the sea trail marathon – trail running
The Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail in the South Bay is the perfect point-to-point trail run or climb. The trail runs along Highway 1 from Saratoga Gap to Rancho del Oso, spanning approximately 25 miles. Even though the trail drops almost 5000 feet in height, there is still a lot of hiking to do on the way to the beach. However, the effort is rewarded with breathtaking views, beautiful redwood trees, and some of the area’s best singletrack trails. You can also visit spectacular Berry Creek Falls on a short side ride. One of the most photographed waterfalls in the Bay Area is this 65-foot high misty waterfall. Even though it is a long path, it can be completed self-supported since there are two campgrounds along the way with drinking water. At mile 6, the Waterman Gap camp is located, and at mile 15, the Big Basin headquarters camp is located. Since the distance between water stops can be up to 10 miles, we suggest bringing two water bottles or a hydration pack. You can reserve spots at the camps if you want to do this route as a multi-day run or climb. (During the winter, the campgrounds are closed.) Please bear in mind that the Saratoga Gap parking lot does not allow overnight parking!
Skyline to the sea trail run 50k
For this case, we’re encouraging “Social Distancing” by hosting a Virtual Race. In accordance with the new Shelter in Place guidelines, you should run your distance locally (Big Basin Redwoods State Park is closed). Simply keep track of the time. Your finisher’s certificate, bib number, and chosen merchandise item will be sent to you. Your results will also be reported on the website. As normal, register online. Thank you so much!
For future activities, we will continue to work closely with the parks and prepare health and safety protocols for our participants and volunteers that conform to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines, as well as provide updates as required.
Skyline to the sea trail from waddell beach to berry greek falls
I thought the race director did an excellent job planning this trail run, and the volunteers were fantastic. It’s a long day because it’s a one-way point-to-point marathon/50K. You must park near the finish (limited spaces) and take a long (1 hour and 20 minute) bus ride to the start. It is, however, worthwhile. For the first 6 or 7 miles in the woods, the course was a little boring, but it soon opened up to spectacular views of the mountain tops, with some boulder fields to climb over. It was even more beautiful when we went down to the creek and waterfall. There are many excellent photo opportunities. For the most part, the trail is level, but there are some climbs (which is good because my quads wouldn’t like 26 miles of downhill). Hill training is needed for any road runners considering doing this (which they should) (there is a lot of descent which is hard on the legs). Also, bring more water than you think you need because it was humid.
The trail was breathtakingly beautiful, with stunning scenery, but the organisation was lacking: At the outset, there were only four outhouses for nearly 300 runners, which was obviously inadequate. There were no mile markers on the road, some of the trails were poorly marked, and some runners were turned around by rangers after taking the wrong trails. There was no one behind the last competitor, and no medals were awarded at the end of the race. They did send us a medal, but it was a cheap one with no date or location on it, just “2011 marathon finisher.” We charged the full registration fee but got very little in return. I’m not going to do this one again.