March 31, 2018, Cleveland National Forest

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. This race is not for the squeamish, the easily intimidated, or the undertrained. Old Goat 50 has twelve fully stocked aid stations ready to support your needs be it a hot drink or a cold compress. Register for Old Goat 50 on

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There is a 6 hour cutoff at mile 21 and a 14 hour time limit for the full race. 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. This time it’s uphill!
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. Old Goat Race swag for all finishers and awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers. Finishers are greeted in Bluejay Campground with a full service BBQ grill that caters to everyones palate… including vegan and gluten free. Spectators and crews are invited to participate for a modest donation to Second Harvest of Riverside, CA.
The 50K takes place on 29 miles of the Old Goat 50 Mile course. It departs from the 50 Mile course at the bottom of Horsethief West and rejoins at the top on the North Main Divide. Old Goat Race swag for all finishers and an award for the 1st place finisher. There is a 6 hour cutoff at mile 21.
Active duty military, police, fire fighters, and Chimera 100 Volunteers may receive a 25% discount. Email for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department. Chimera volunteers may not transfer their entry to a non-volunteer.
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. Do not include a gallon of water in plastic container (this will burst open in transport & everybody’s drop bags get wet). No suitcases allowed.
8 Aid Stations and 12 opportunities to pass thru aid stations. Well stocked with supplies and experienced trail runners and experienced volunteers.
Mile 06.60 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 10.90 – Candy Store
Mile 15.40 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 20.80 – Falcon / Lower Blue Jay
Mile 23.60 – Trabuco Trail
Mile 28.80 – Holy Jim Canyon
Mile 33.90 – Bear Springs
Mile 36.70 – Santiago Peak
Mile 39.50 – Bear Springs
Mile 41.90 – Trabuco Trail
Mile 44.50 – Horsethief
Mile 47.10 – Trabuco Trail
No pacers allowed for Old Goat 50 mile or 50k.
Your support crew is welcome to hang at the start/finish line.


Distance: 50.1 miles • Lowest point: 1775 ft • Highest point: 5600 ft • Elevation range: 3825 ft • Total Climb: 13,423 ft • GPX FILES TO COME!


Map to Blue Jay from Lake Elsinore
Blue Jay Campground is located approximately 14 miles west of the junction of Interstate15 and Rte.74 (The Ortega Highway). There are numerous turns during the first five miles. Also, you will pass grocery and convenience stores in Lake Elsinore. If you need anything (including gas) get it here. There will be very few opportunities to purchase anything once you start up the hill. The drive from Lake Elsinore takes about a half hour but you can get stuck behind a truck, tourist, or timid driver who refuses to go faster than 25 and won’t use the turnouts. At mile 11 make a right hand turn onto what is locally known as Long Canyon Rd. Once on Long Canyon, you are only three miles from Blue Jay (see directions in previous description).
Map to Blue Jay from San Juan Capistrano
Blue Jay Campground is approximately 25 miles east of the Junction of Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano and Rte 74 (the Ortega Highway). Note: other than a strip mall in San Juan there will be NO services available anywhere other than in the immediate vicinity of the freeway. At mile 22 make the left hand turn onto what is locally known as Long Canyon Rd. There will be signs (Old Goat Race) and glow-sticks indicating the route. Long Canyon is narrow, winding and very steep. When you arrive at the tee – turn right onto another narrower, winding, and steep asphalt road. The entrance to Bluejay will be on the left. You do not have to stop at the entrance. Continue through the campground to lower Blue Jay and follow the instructions on the signs, and/or the directions of race staff.


Camping at Blue Jay Campground at Start/Finish line
First come, first served. Not all campgrounds are open year round. Call before arriving. Click HERE for other campgrounds in the Lake Elsinore area.
Best Western Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites
All Lake Elsinore Motels are 15-20 miles from Blue Jay Campground Start/Finish line. Plan accordingly.
Best Western Capistrano Inn
All San Juan Capistrano Motels are 26-35 miles from Blue Jay Campground Start/Finish line. Plan accordingly.


Volunteers are key to successful trail races. Some volunteers are not even runners. They make to the choice to help just because! If you are interested in volunteering please email me and I will put you in touch with the volunteer chief >


Race results posted HERE



"Even the downhill is up."

LTUltrarunner, Owner of Negative Spilt Running

"The aid stations was done first rate."

Scott MillsRace Director San Diego 100
Old Goat 50 2016 photographs shown here were shot by ©HOWIE STERN PHOTOGRAPHY. Photos may be purchased HERE.

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