• RACE DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • START/FINISH: Reehers Camp
  • CHECK-IN: 7:00-7:45AM
  • START TIME: 8:00AM
  • FINAL CUT OFF: 2:00PM (6 hours to finish).

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The Tillamook Burn 20 miler is new for 2018! Like the 50K, it is a tough but gorgeous out-and-back course, run nearly entirely on single-track trail winding through the heavily rainforested Oregon Coast Range mountains from Reehers Camp to Gales Creek Campground and back, involving ~4200 ft. of ascent and ~4200 ft. of descent.The trails are quite hilly yet soft and very runnable, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots and some long climbs and descents. Runners will cross numerous small streams, pass some lovely waterfalls, enjoy miles and miles of remote creekside trail and get some nice territorial views. 

Race Course By Section: 

Start to Aid Station 1 (Bell Camp): Runners depart Reehers Camp and run along Gales Creek Trail with some twisting turns and small hills and dips for the first 1.5 miles. This is followed by a 1450' climb in the following 2 miles up to Bell Camp Aid Station. 

Aid Station 1 (Bell Camp) to Aid Station 2 (Gales Creek Campground): Runners depart Bell Camp and get a long, rolling descent for 5.7 miles on scenic creekside trail, crossing many small streams. The course then continues with rolling hills over .8 miles to the turnaround at Gales Creek Campground day-use trailhead. 

Runners then return the way they came, making the long climb back up to Bell Camp Aid Station at mile 16.5 and the final big descent over 3.5 miles back to Reehers Camp for the finish. 


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Aid stations will be well stocked with water, Tailwind energy drink, Skout Backcountry trail bars, GU energy gels, PB&J sandwiches, soda, various fruit options, chips, gummi bears, a variety of other ultra fare and basic first aid supplies. 

The Burn is very well supported with enthusiastic and experienced volunteers! Be sure to express your appreciation for their support during the race. All aid stations will also have medical personnel present with a full compliment of emergency response equipment. 

Aid Station Total Distance (mi) Miles to Next Aid Full Aid Restroom Cutoff
Start 0 3.5 -- Yes --
Bell Camp 3.5 6.5 Yes No --
Gales Creek Campground 10.0 6.5 Yes Yes 11:00AM
Bell Camp (2) 16.5 3.5 Yes No --
Finish 20.0 -- Yes Yes 2PM


Check-in and bib pick-up takes place at the Start/Finish area at Reehers Camp Day-Use Shelter from 7:00 am – 7:45 am on Race Day. All runners must check in the morning of the race. There will be a packet pick-up in the Portland area a few days prior to the race, details TBA.


There will be an 11:00AM cutoff at the turnaround at Gales Creek Campground Aid Station, and a 2:00PM cutoff at the finish. If you will not be able to leave Gales Creek Campground prior to the posted cutoff, you will be required to drop from the race. Race staff or volunteers will give you a ride back to the Start/Finish.  Participants arriving at the finish after 2:00PM will be recorded as a DNF in official race results.


Join runners, volunteers and family members for some great post-race food and a toasty bonfire at the Start/Finish area while you cheer on the finishers! There will be some great awards for the top-3 male and female finishers. All runners will have a good chance of scoring some cool products from our sponsors in the post-race raffle! Official race merchandise will also be available for sale.


1. No course cutting, especially switchbacks. Please stay on the trail at all times. 
2. No pacers. The event permit only allows for race participants on the course.
3. No aid outside of established aid stations. 
4. No crew or spectators allowed on the course outside Reehers Camp. 
5. No littering.
6. Always yield to faster runners passing on trail, both from behind and on out-and-back sections.


  • This event is located entirely on the Tillamook State Forest, managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
  • The course is on a multi-use trail where mountain bikes and horses may be encountered. Horses should be approached in a slow and calm manner for safety.
  • In accordance with State and Federal law and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. ODF is an equal opportunity provider and employer.