Napa Valley’s First Trail 50k!
Join us in Calistoga for the Napa Valley 50k, in glorious Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Don’t let the name fool you —
this is a challenging race that rollicks across the Palisades on rarely run trails, not a day at the spa. Want to know more? Read Penny MacPhail’s review, which starts, “I’m sorry but I can’t stop myself unleashing a recap of yesterday’s extraordinary race, Scena Performance’s inaugural Napa Trail 50k. It was EPIC. Truly in my view the mother of all ultra routes. I’d no idea what these trails would be like. Never run in this area or with this company. Awesomeballs was the answer.” Read more
Your race will take you out and along the Palisades all the way to Mount St. Helena. Along the way, you’ll find mystical trail features such as the Maze with its Nautilus centerpiece. Come discover where the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon, and wonder if this land was the inspiration for those great stories!
Those of you taking part in the 20-mile Fun Run will follow a similar course, turning around at the Highway 29 Aid Station. No matter the race, you’ll be treated with stunning views and challenged with new trails.
NEW IN 2019! There is a half marathon, which will go just past the first aid station to a turn around point near Table Rock.
UTMB POINTS! The 50k has been awarded 3 UTMB points!
Course and Aid
No doubt about it — these are challenging runs. Starting at the trailhead right off of the Silverado Trail, Napa Valley 50k takes you up the Oat Hill Mine Trail, then along the Palisades Trail, the Table Rock Trail and, finally, the Mount St. Helena Trail. The 50k has over 7,500 of elevation as shown here in the elevation profile. For additional maps and other race, information visit us here.
This out-and-back course is all trail (single track and fire road) with one highway crossing. 50k runners hit fully stocked aid stations 6 times during the run, with stations positioned along the trail and then at the intersection with Hwy 29. 20-mile runners have 3 aid station stops. The Half Marathon follows the same route and turns at a point just beyond the aid station. While aid is plentiful, limited access to the Palisades Trail means that there is at least one 6 mile between stations. We recommend all runners carry 40oz of water.
While there are no hard cutoffs for this race, 50k runners who do not reach the Highway 29 aid station by 11:45 will be converted to the 20-mile race. This ensures that everyone will be back to the start safely by 6:30. 50k runners converted to the shorter distance will not be eligible for Age Group or overall awards.
Be sure to check out everything under the Race Day tab at the top of the page. There is only race-day bib pickup this year. Yes, there’s race day registration. We’ll be there starting at 6:30 AM. Parking is free, but please leave enough time to walk from your car to the start.
After Running – At the Finish and at Clif Family Winery
Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes on the lawn at Calistoga RV Park, where we will fill you with food and good cheer. The location is central to Calistoga so your family can visit this charming town while you run. Then, they can come watch you run down the street and into the finish. Everyone is welcome for food and drink after the run.
Again this year, our friends at Clif Family Winery invite you and yours to their tasting room on Highway 29 in St. Helena before, during and after the run. You will receive a certificate for a bite and a glass of their amazing wine.
Getting and Staying Here
Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes in Calistoga, California at the top of Napa Valley. Camping is available at the start/finish and is an option at checkout for the race. Bear in mind though, you’re camping in the start/finish area, so if you’re planning to stay awhile, we recommend you also look into Bothe-Napa State Park, which offers a great place for your kids to explore while you run.
For more places to stay and other great ideas during your visit, check in with our friends at Visit Calistoga!
Napa Valley 50k/35k 2018