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Race to Top & Back Down at Mt. Umunhum

Date:Saturday, September 28, 2024
Location:Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Hacienda Entrance

21785 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
Race Distances:MARATHON
Start Time:8:00 AM All Distances. 11-hour time limit

About the Race

This Marathon race starts at the Hacienda Entrance of Almaden Quicksilver Park and will take you up to the top of the exclusive Mt. Umunhum. You will then race back to the bottom. A tour-de-force of one of the Bay Area’s giants!

Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


DISTANCE Registration Fee9/28/24
Prices do not include processing fees
  • Active military & first responders receive a 15% discount. Please email to process your registration discount.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, but the full registration amount (minus processing fees) may be transferred to another future TCTRuns by contacting at least 24 hours before the scheduled event.
  • Runners may purchase a Troy’s California Trail Runs sport-tek technical fabric shirt during the registration process, or at the event supply permitting.  All shirts are gender-specific and come in sizes ranging from ladies XS all the way to mens XXL and youth sizes S to XL.
Online registration is available through the evening before the race.
Race day registration is available beginning at 7:00 AM.


  • 7:00 AM — Registration/Sign-In/Bib-Pick Up Opens
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Race Start

Please arrive early as we expect a full event.

Course Information & Maps

Toilets are available at the start/finish line. They are first-come first-served, so please be respectful of other runners waiting for and needing to use the toilets. Toilets also available at ALL aid stations.

The course is Point to Point.

Courses will be marked with single solid PINK color ribbons tied to clothespins, ORANGE cones, signs & gypsum.

Marathon (7pm overall cutoff, 11 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 5,515 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Follow pink ribbons up to Woods Parking Lot Aid Station (Mile 5.3, Toilet Available).
    • ATTENTION No Pink Ribbons for 1.8 Miles on the Barlow Trail from Mile 8.2 to Mile 9.9.
      • At Mile 8.2, starting at the bottom of the Barlow Trail for 1.8 miles on a dirt road, a very steep climb up for 1.8 miles to Mile 9.9, there will be NO RIBBONS until reaching Aid Station 2 at the top of the Barlow Trail.
    • Then Follow pink ribbons out to the Mt. Umunhum & Barlow Trail Intersection Aid Station (Mile 9.9, Toilet Available).
    • No pink ribbons to the Umunhum Turnaround, but signs at 3 miles from Finish.
  • Aid/Water Available
    • Hacienda Parking Lot Start (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Aid Station 1: Woods Parking Lot Aid Station (Mile 5.3, Cutoff 10:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Aid Station 2: Mt. Umunhum & Barlow Trail Intersection (Mile 9.9, Cutoff 12:30pm), Toilet Available)
    • Aid Station 3: Mt. Umunhum (Mile 13.35, 2:00pm cut off, Toilet Available).
    • Aid Station 2: Mt. Umunhum & Barlow Trail Intersection (Mile 16, Cutoff 3:30pm), Toilet Available)
    • Aid Station 1: Woods Parking Lot Aid Station (Mile 21, Cutoff 5PM, Toilet Available)
    • Hacienda Finish Line: (Mile 26, 7PM, Toilet Available)

Route map for TCTRUNS Race to the Top of Mt. Umunhum Half Marathon by TCTRuns Web Team on

WATCH OUT for falling trees due to weather.

Please note cutoffs will be strictly enforced for the half marathon.

Drop Bags / Clothing Drop Offs

  • Aid Station Woods Parking lot. (Mile 5.3)
  • Mt. Umunhum Summit Parking Lot (Race Finish)

Drop Bags will be brought to the Start/Finish at the end of the race. We suggest that you pack your drop bags in bags that you do not need to collect as you may need to wait until end of race to collect.
ATTENTION Runners, we recommend having WARM CLOTHING to put on after your run to the top.

Any runners that would like to drop bags off at to be taken to the Aid Station and/or the Finish area please give to staff at Runner Check in.

Parking and Carpooling

  • Parking is available at the Hacienda main entrance in the back overflow parking lot on the right, carpooling encouraged. Please park in an orderly manner.
  • Supporters can drive to aid stations along the course to support their runners.

Travel and Accommodations

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

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