Skyline to the Sea Trail Run 

9 Km, 20 Km, 28 Km & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Skyline to the Sea Trail Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 7th at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters.  Park entrance is $6 per vehicle. Click on this Map for driving directions.  


Message Board 

The purpose of this online Message Board is to provide a forum for PCTR runners to communicate with fellow runners and share information (i.e., rides to PCTR events, lodging requests, and favorite local restaurants).



The course will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 meters and color coded as follows:

  9 Km - White (purple on map for visibility)

20 Km - Green

28 Km - Green/Pink

50 Km - Pink

There will be at least two blue-striped ribbons before a turn in the course.  The blue-striped ribbons will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn.  After you complete the turn, there will be white, green, and/or pink ribbons indicating the correct route.


The blue-striped "turn signal" ribbon can be as helpful in its absence as it is when it's present.  Too often, ribbons are either taken or redirected down the wrong path.   Until the ribbon-moving-vandals figure out that they need to pair a blue-striped ribbon with the solid ones they move, just don't turn unless you see those stripes!   


If you don't see your respective ribbon for 3-4 minutes, you are off course.  One of the few rules of trail running is that, if you get off course, you must retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.  Failure to follow this rule may result in disqualification even though you may have traveled a greater distance than the official course.


Many of the parks in California have poison oak and ticks.  We recommend washing with Tecnu and checking for ticks immediately after your trail run. 


No dogs allowed on the course.



Course Map


Course Description 


Elevation Gain:

  9 Km -     980 feet

20 Km - 2,630 feet

28 Km - 3,610 feet 

50 Km - 5,925 feet 

(Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.)


Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 9 - 14 kilometers.  You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes & salt, water, and Conquest sports drink.  However, it is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.


        Aid Stations                                Distance (Km)       Next Aid               Cut-off

20 Km

  1. Sandy Point                                               10.0                   9.7
  2. Gazos Creek Picnic Area (Finish)          19.7                       


28 Km

  1. Sandy Point                                               10.0                   9.7
  2. Gazos Creek Picnic Area (Start/Finish) 19.7                   8.5
  3. Gazos Creek Picnic Area (Finish)          28.2                        


50 Km

  1. Sandy Point                                                10.0                13.7
  2. Skyline to the Sea                                      23.7                  6.5
  3. Skyline to the Sea                                      30.2                11.9            
  4. Gazos Creek Picnic Area (Start/Finish)  42.1                  8.5                4:00 p.m.
  5. Gazos Creek Picnic Area (Finish)           50.6                                        5:30 p.m.


Post-Run Activities

There will be hot soup and chili at the finish line.

T-shirts will be given to all finishers.  While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to be non-competitive, encourage the enjoyment or trail running, and emphasize personal achievement. 

We will have PCTR merchandise available for purchase:



Clif Shots (6)                                             $7


Conquest                                                   $8


Event T-shirt (Hanes 100% cotton)                     $8


Running Hat (embroidered)                           $12


Dri-release Performance Shirt (Soffe)     $15


JoeTrailMan Gaiters                               $25


Duffle Bag (embroidered)                              $30



Check In

Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. on Saturday to check in and receive your bib number.   If you have any questions between now and then, please feel free to call or e-mail us.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 7th!


Wendell and Sarah

(925) 947-3787


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