Lake Tahoe High Sierra Ultra

ALERT: CALDOR FIRERACE CANCELLED (UPDATED 08/18/21 AT 7:30 AM) Active uncontained wildfire on race course and mandatory evacuations. We will be in contact with registered runners shortly regarding all registration credit and rollover options. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

September 4, 2021

Date:Saturday, September 4, 2021
Start/Finish Location:Kirkwood Mountain Sports-Timber Creek Parking Lot
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
33611 Kirkwood Meadows Dr, Kirkwood, CA 95646
Race Distances:50K, Trail Marathon
Start Time:Included Motorcoach Shuttle to Runner Start Line Departs Kirkwood Resort promptly at 6:00 AM

Runners will begin their day with a pre-dawn check in and bib pick up at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort-Sports Shop Timber Creek Parking Lot, and then board an awaiting luxury motorcoach for a swift one-hour ride during sunrise to the race’s start line at the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz.

Upon arrival, the High Sierra Ultra awaits. This alpine masterpiece of a trail race will take you on a one-way 50K or Trail Marathon adventure from Strawberry Lodge through the forests of the High Sierra that surround Lake Tahoe and finishing back at the jaw-dropping Kirkwood Resort.


Online registration is available through the morning of the race.

Active military receives a 15% discount. Please e-mail to process your registration discount.

Entry fees are non-refundable

  • Trail Marathon – $150
  • 50K – $150

Registration fees include the following:

  • Luxury Motorcoach Shuttle from Kirkwood Resort to the Race Start Line at the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz before the race
  • Race Briefing and Q&A with Troy upon motorcoach arrival at the race’s start line
  • A Troy’s California Trail Runs sport-tek technical fabric t-shirt.  All shirts are gender-specific and come in sizes ranging from ladies XS all the way to mens XXL.
  • Access to all aid stations along the course.
  • Checked drop-bag service to and from any of the three staffed aid stations
  • A professional videographer/photographer taking pics of all runners.
  • A High Sierra Adventure!
  • Register by Mail
    Print a PDF form, fill it out, and mail it to us with the enclosed fee to:
    2850 Douglas Fir Dr.

    Camino, CA 95709
  • Register at Race
    Please be prepared to pay via Cash or Check. Race Day Registrations will be charged an additional $10.
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!

If interested, please email

The High Sierra Ultras
(Difficulty: Advanced)

Surface: Mostly fire roads, dirt roads, and challenging single-track trails
Course: Race course travels through the El Dorado Forest in the High Sierra. An overall rugged and remote trail race.
Sunrise And Sunset: 6:31 AM and 7:24 PM
Weather: Alpine Summer; Highs – 74 degrees / Lows 46 degrees. (This is a high altitude course; high exposure and weather patterns can change rapidly, please be prepared for all conditions, including thunder/lightening and rain.
Parking: Plenty of free parking is available for this event at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort-Timber Creek Parking Lot. Free included luxury motorcoach shuttle to the runner start line at Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz.

Schedule – Saturday, September 4, 2022

5:00 AM — Runner Check-In and Bib Pick-Up at Kirkwood Resort. Kirkwood Mountain Sports-Timber Creek Parking Lot. Leave your vehicle here (plenty of free parking) and board our luxury motorcoach for a one hour ride with fellow runners to the race start line in Kyburz

6:00 AM — Motorcoach shuttle departs Kirkwood Resort

7:00 AM (approx) Motorcoach shuttle arrives at the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz. Restrooms available inside the lodge. Race briefing and Q&A with Troy. Runners choosing not to ride the included shuttle to the start line may pick up bibs here

7:30 AM (approx) — Race begins

7:30 PM — 12 Hour Cut Off/Race over at Kirkwood Resort

Trail Marathon MAP (12 hr cut off)

(7,326Ft Ascent / 5,269Ft Descent)

Trail Marathon Aid Stations in order of arrival with Cut-Off times

  • Strawberry Lodge Runner Start Line (Mile 0, 7:30 AM)
  • Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 7, 9:30 AM)
  • Water Stop (Top of Silver Fork Trl at dirt road, Mile 13)
  • Carson Spur / Thunder Mtn Aid Station (Mile 15, Cut-Off: 2:30 PM)
  • Kirkwood Resort Finish Line (Mile 26.2, Cut-Off: 7:30 PM)

50K MAP (12 hour cut off)

(7,778Ft Ascent / 5,719Ft Descent)

Click on The Map Link for a more detailed course view

50K Aid Stations in order of arrival with Cut-Off times

  • Strawberry Lodge Runner Start Line (Mile 0, 7:30 AM)
  • Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 7, 9:30 AM)
  • Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 12, 11:30 AM)
  • Water Stop (Top of Silver Fork Trl at dirt road, Mile 18)
  • Carson Spur / Thunder Mtn Aid Station (Mile 19.8, Cut-Off: 2:30 PM)
  • Kirkwood Resort Finish Line (Mile 31, Cut-Off: 7:30 PM)

Course Information

  • Three fully loaded aid stations will be open throughout the course.
  • You may check-in a runner drop bag when you pick up your bib/shirt at Kirkwood Resort to be transported to Hay Flat, Caples Creek (50K only), or Carson Spur/Thunder Mountain Aid Stations.
  • TCTRUNS Staff and Volunteers will be available throughout the course to assist runners.
  • All intersections will be marked with signs, gypsum, and ribbons. Several portions of the course will be unmarked as there are no turnoffs.
  • This is an Alpine Endurance Run in a Wilderness Area. Please make special note of the following information:
    • All Runners are highly encouraged to carry the equivalent of 2 water bottles/camelback at all times.
    • Sunscreen/hats are highly encouraged to protect against heat exposure.
    • Runners should be prepared to run after the sunsets. Please bring a change of clothing for your drop bags and headlamps/other lights.
    • Warm clothes and protective gear is mandatory.
  • ATTENTION Trail Marathon runners you will be crossing through the Caples Creek at Mile 9.5. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly, dry shoes/clothing can be checked to the Thunder Mountain Aid Station. There are fallen trees that can be used as a bridge, at your own risk, a few hundred yards in either direction from the marked crossing.
  • This is a wilderness course; please be aware of potential wildlife encounters; Rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions, Wild Boars, Bears, Mosquitoes, Skunks, Raccoons, Bees, Poison Oak, Etc.
  • We recommend all runners pick up their lights at the Carson Spur / Thunder Mountain Aid Station. Although the course time cut offs allow for plenty of daylight from here to Kirkwood, this is a very remote, long and rugged section of trail into Kirkwood.
  • BIB COLORS: Trail Marathon-Black. 50K-Red.
    • TRAIL MARATHON RUNNERS will follow:
      • blue ribbons from Strawberry Lodge course start to just after the Hay Flat Aid Station Mile 8.4,
      • green ribbons from Mile 8.4 to Mile 13.4, then follow
      • pink ribbons from Mile 13.4 to Kirkwood Resort Finish Mile 26.2.
    • 50K RUNNERS will follow:
      • blue ribbons from Strawberry Lodge to Caples Creek Aid Station Mile 12, then follow
      • pink ribbons from Mile 12 to Kirkwood Resort Finish Mile 31.


  • Available at both Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Strawberry Lodge
  • Available onboard the motorcoach shuttle from Kirkwood to the runner start line in Kyburz
  • Available at Caples Creek Parking Lot Aid Station
  • Available at Martin Meadow Campground
  • Available at other numerous campgrounds along race course

Aid Stations, Drop Bags, and More.

  • All aid stations will remain open until the last runner comes in.
  • Runners that do not meet cutoff times will be driven back to the Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
  • Drop bags can be delivered to any aid station as specified. These may be checked at runner check in before boarding our motorcoach at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort. The drop bags can be delivered to any of the staffed aid stations for runners to have while on course. They will be returned to the Kirkwood Mountain Resort for runners to retrieve upon finishing the race.
  • Drop bags must be clearly labeled with runner’s name and aid station destination. Volunteers and staff will be available to assist with this.
  • Pacers are NOT allowed for this event.

EMT and Volunteers: Directions to Aid Stations

Leaving from the Strawberry Lodge Race Morning.

1. Hay Flat Aid Station.ATTENTION WARNING only vehicles with clearance should attempt to go to the Hay Flat Aid Station.
Dirt road with rocks.
Turn LEFT onto Hwy 50 WEST drive 1/4 mile.
Turn left onto 42 Mile Track Road.
Drive over bridge Turn Right onto Packsaddle Pass Road Drive up 10 Miles.
ATTENTION to CAPLES Creek parking lot Aid Station Turn Right at T drive down 10 minutes to SILVERFORK ROAD.
Turn Left onto Silverfork Road
Drive 10 minutes 
Turn Left into the Caples Creek Trail Head parking lot Aid Station.

ATTENTION To Hay Flat Aid Station 
At top of Packsaddle Pass Road road T
Turn LEFT onto dirt road Follow RED RIBBONS Tied to Clothes Pins for 10 to 15 minutes DRIVE SLOW.
Park off road always allowing Emergency Vehicles access Through when you see Blue Ribbons Tied to Clothes Pins.
Walk up to RIGHT SOUTH 1/4 mile to Hay Flat Aid Station.

2. Caples Creek Aid Station (50K only)
Leaving Hay Flat Aid Station to Caples Creek Aid Station. Follow Red Ribbons Out to Packsaddle Pass Road.
On paved road Packsaddle Pass Road.
Drive straight ahead down to Silverfork Road.
Turn Left onto Silverfork Road.
Refer to driving directions above to Caples Creek Aid Station.

3. Carson Spur/Thunder Mountain Aid Station.

Leaving Caples Creek Aid Station.Turn Left onto Silverfork RoadDrive 10 to 15 minutes.Turn Left East up onto Mormon Emigrant Trail Road.Drive 10 minutes to Hwy 88.Turn Left East up onto Hwy 88.Drive East 15 minutes to the Thunder Mtn Trail Head parking lot Aid Station on RIGHT.Turn RIGHT into Thunder Mtn Trail Head dirt parking lot at Carson Spur.

4. Kirkwood the Village Leaving the Thunder Mtn parking lot Aid Station to Kirkwood. Turn Right East onto Hwy 88.Drive 5 minutes East on Hwy 88 Turn Right into Kirkwood Drive into Kirkwood to the Kirkwood Lodge the Village.Please park to the left of Kirkwood Lodge in a big parking area.Outside stairs are on both sides of Kirkwood Lodge follow stairs up & you will find the event outside on the West side of the Kirkwood Lodge.

Driving Directions back to the Aid Stations & the Strawberry Lodge REVERSE the Driving Directions.

Travel and Accommodations

Race start line is in the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains, 75 miles southwest of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport or 95 miles east of the Sacramento International Airport.

Troy’s California Trail Runs is partnered with iWeekender to provide comprehensive travel packages that include accommodations, air travel, and rental cars.

Troy’s California Trail Runs has also partnered with Vail Resorts’ Kirkwood Lodge to extend a discounted rate to runners for accommodations on the weekend of the race. These rates are subject to availability.

For Phone Reservations: Please call 855-332-1601 to make lodging reservations and use the group code: KG4SK50 to receive the discount.

Other lodging and camping information:

TCT Runs is not affiliated with these operators, but they may be able to provide more economical or additional space when conditions are sold out.

Pyramid Peak Properties with options from studios to full multi-bedroom homes available in Kirkwood area. View options and availability on their website, and book in real time.

Kit Carson Lodge on Silver Lake, about 4 miles west of Kirkwood Resort, with rustic cabins and a restaurant.

Silver Lake West Campground, Silver Lake East-ElDorado Campground, Martin Meadow Campground

This race is made possible through partnerships with the following companies and organizations!

  • Kirkwood Resorts / Vail Resorts
  • The Strawberry Lodge
  • De La Torre Radio Services
  • The Sample Guy
  • iWeekender
  • Versa Aid EMTs


Please contact us via e-mail if you have any questions/concerns:

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