Category: Race Info

Badwater 135 Route Landmarks

Badwater® 135 Race Route © AdventureCORPS, Inc.  2016 Ed.
Landmark Distance Elevation Mile Marker
NOTE: TL = Traffic Light; SS = Stop Sign; T-Int = T-Intersection: Jct. = Junction
Badwater Basin: Head north 0 -282
Crews will be held for 10 minutes after each wave begins, then released in small batches.
Former location of Telescope Peak Sign on L. 1.8 -200
Wide Shoulder on Right 3.1
Natural Bridge turnoff on R (PACERS MAY JOIN AGE 65+ RUNNERS HERE) 3.5 -170 MM 13
Wide Shoulder on R. 3.9
Devil’s Golf Course on L. 5.6 -165
Artist’s Drive entry on R. 8 -165
West Side Road on L. 10.6 MM 6
Artist’s Drive exit on R. 11.7 -70
Mushroom Rock on R. 12.1 -170 MM 5
Golden Canyon on R. (Toilet / Parking)                           (45 MPH) 14.5 -165
Jct. Hwy 190 & Badwater Rd.: Go Left onto 190 north     (Cell Service Begins) 16.5 0
Watch Speed Limit! (Don’t be like that Aussie team in 2015!)
Timbisha Shoshone Reservation on L. 17.2 -140
Furnace Creek Ranch on L.: Ice & Store close at 300am (Time Station #1) 17.5 -165
Park in lots, not along roadway, near Time Station.
Dumpsters available to dump garbage and recycling at Time Station.
Furnace Creek Fuel on L. (Please do NOT dump garbage here.)
Park Service Visitor’s Center on L.               (Run on bike path left of roadway) 17.7 -165
Furnace Creek Campground on L. 17.8 -170
Harmony Borax Works on L.: Park here and let runner go ahead     (45 MPH) 18.2 -170
NO STOPPING, SLOWING, or PARKING NEXT 1 MILE! Drive beyond curves! 19.1 -100
Parking allowed beyond curvy section, where safe. 20.1
Cow Creek on R. 20.8
1st Marathon 26.2
Daylight Pass Rd. on R.                                         (Cell Service Ends) 28.4 MM 99.5
Salt Creek turnoff on L. 30.8 MM 97.5
Sea Level sign on R. 31.5 0
Sea Level sign on L. 32.1 0
“Summit” / end of rolling hills section 33.7 140′ MM 94.5
North Hwy / Scotty’s Castle turnoff on R. 34.9 MM 93.5
Sea Level sign on L. 35.4 0
Devil’s Cornfield sign on R. 36.3 -80 MM 91.5
Parking on R. (Space for 2-3 cars) 37.1
Camera Sign pullout on R.         (Space for 4-5 cars only) 37.5
Sand Dunes Parking Lot on R. (Toilet / Parking)              (35 MPH) 40.2 0
Approaching Stovepipe Wells                          (Cell Service Begins) 41 0
Stovepipe Wells Village Welcome sign: Gas / Food / Store opens at 300am! 42 0
Time Station #2 & Medical HQ on L. by hotel courtyard & flag 42.2
It’s a long climb, and a long way, to Panamint Springs, 30 miles away!
It is CRITICAL to stock up on water, ice, and snacks, plus real food for the crew!
Also, take advantage of the low gas prices while you are here!
Mosaic Canyon turnoff on L. 42.4 5
1000′ Elevation sign on R.                                                     (65 MPH) 46.8 1000
Short downhill 47.2
DIP Sign on R.          (Do NOT park in dips as you will be invisible!) 48.5
2000′ Elevation sign: All racers must pass this location before 1000am 50.7 2000 MM 77.5
Wildrose Station (Bathroom; paved parking lot on R.) 51.2 2450
Please park neatly and use designated spaces. Don’t park “haphazardly.”
Wildrose Turnoff on L. 51.4 2500 MM 76.5
2nd Marathon 52.4 2800 MM 75.5
3000′ Elevation sign on L. 53.6 3000
4000′ Elevation sign on L. 56 4000
DIP sign on R.         (Do NOT park in dips as you will be invisible!) 56.4
Approaching the summit of Towne Pass                            (30 MPH) 57.25 MM 70.5
Brake Check area on R. 58.9 4965
Towne Pass Summit sign on R. 59 4965
“Downhill Next 9 Miles – 9% Grade” – Begin descent into Panamint Valley 59.6
4000′ Elevation sign on R.                                                   (55 MPH) 61.8 4000
Vista Point (amazing Mt. Whitney view) / big gravel pullout on R. 62 3500
Paved pullout on L. 62.5
Gravel pullout on L. 63.7 MM 64.5
3000′ Elevation sign on L. 64.1 3000
Large Paved pullout on L. 65.3
2000′ Elevation sign on L.                                                   (65 MPH) 66.4 2000
Panamint Dry Lake Bed, east edge; “Soft Shoulder” sign 68.4 1640
Panamint Valley Road to Trona / Ridgecrest on L. 70.2 1750
Panamint Springs Resort: Gas / Mini Mart / Food / Hotel   (35 MPH) 72.7 1970
Time Station #3 on L. at resort hotel
All racers must pass TS3 before 1159pm, Tuesday night
Free Showers and Flush Toilets across street at campground!
Get water, ice, snacks, and more at Gas Station / Mini Mart!
Get REAL FOOD quuickly with “streamined Badwater Race Menu” at the Resort
WARNING: Parking only allowed in designated locations for next 12.2 miles: follow odometer closely!
2000′ Elevation sign on L.                                                   (55 MPH) 73.3 2000
Darwin Falls turnoff on L. / “Rock Slide Area” sign on R. 73.7 2500
Parking Allowed on R. in gravel pullout with yellow left arrow     (1.8 from PSR) 74.5 MM 53.5
Parking Allowed on R. in small gravel pullout on right                 (3.4 from PSR) 76.1
3000′ Elevation sign on L. (end parking allowed zone) 76.2 3000
Parking Allowed on R. in large gravel shoulder on right               (4.7 from PSR) 77.4
Parking Allowed in large gravel pullout on L. before left curve   (5.3 from PSR) 78
3rd Marathon at 25 MPH sign with sharp left curve arrow 78.6 3400 MM 48.5
4000′ Elevation sign on L. 80.55 4000
Father Crowley’s Point on R. (Toilet) Parking Allowed in lot           (7.9 from PSR) 80.6 4000
Please no sleeping on the ground in parking spaces!
Parking Allowed in elevated gravel pullout via small drive on R. (8.7 from PSR) 81.4
Parking Allowed in wide gravel pullout on R.   (35 MPH)           (10.5 from PSR) 83.2 MM 44.8
Summit (no sign) Parking Allowed in large gravel pullout on R. (12.2 from PSR) 84.9
65 MPH sign on right, just beyond parking zone 85
Support vehicles may resume parking wherever it is safe to do so from here onwards.
Death Valley National Park sign on L.                                 (65 MPH) 85.4 4200
Saline Valley Rd. on R. (actual DVNP boundary) 86.4 4800
“Adopt a Highway” sign on R. 88.6 MM 39.5
Darwin turnoff on L.: Time Station #4 on Left before turnoff 90.6 5050 MM 37.5
All racers must pass TS4 before 500am, Wednesday morning
Gravesite on right (white cross) 96.8 4100
“Rock Slide Area” 99.8
One hundred miles! (3′ wide gray stripe across road with culvert under road) 100 4050 MM 28*
* MM 28 is exactly at the 100-mile mark, but is on the LEFT side of the road, facing the opposite direction.
4000′ Elevation sign on R. before “Gunsite Notch”         (Cell Service Begins) 102.2 4000
Jct. Hwy 136 & Hwy 190: Go straight / north onto Hwy 136   “Lone Pine 19mi” 103.4 3935
4th Marathon 104.8 3800 MM 16.5
“100 Sulfate Road” sign 106.5
Keeler City sign at Cerro Gordo Rd. on R. 108.1 3610
Adopt-a-Highway sign on R. after solar panel array 109.1 3605
Dolomite Loop Road on R. 113.2 3600
Dolomite Loop Road on R. 117.5 3510
Cross Owens River: View of Whitney Portal Rd. is straight ahead! 118.3 3500
Jct. Hwy 136 & Hwy 395: Go Right / North 121 3696
Runners may run on right side of road into and through Lone Pine: stay well away from traffic lane.
WARNING: SPEED LIMITS DROP TO 25mph as you pass through town!
Comfort Inn on R.                                                               (45 MPH) 121.1
Chevron / Lee’s Frontier Deli / Mini Mart (Great sandwiches!) on L. 121.3
Best Western on R.                                                             (35 MPH) 122
Lone Pine City Limits sign on R.                                       (25 MPH) 122.3
McDonald’s on L. 122.6 3610
Dow Villa on R.: Time Station #5 & Medical HQ 122.7 3610
All racers must pass within 42 hours of their individual wave start!
All racers with time penalties must “check in” and serve penalty time here before continuing.
Portal Road (the only traffic light in Lone Pine): Go left 122.8 3610
Tuttle Creek turnoff on L. 123.3 3770
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Los Angeles Aqueduct 123.4 3855
Lone Pine Creek 124.5 4200
Movie Flat Road on R. 125.5 4590
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Lone Pine Creek 125.7 4800
Horseshoe Meadow turnoff on L. 125.9 5000
Cuffe Ranch turnoff on R. 127.1 5100
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Whitney Vista Drive on L 127.4
Olivas Ranch Road on L. 128.4 5300
“Entering Active Bear Area” 129.2
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Lone Pine Campground on L. 129.3 5700
Lone Pine Creek 129.6 6000
“Inyo National Forest” sign on R. (Sign was missing in May, 2015) 129.8 6400
5th Marathon at Indian Creek Rd. on R. 131 7000
Time Station #6 in Large gravel pullout on R. 131.1 6890
Road makes a 180-degree switchback to L. 132 7215
Vista Point on Left at large gravel pullout 132.8 7400
“Campsites 39-44” and “Whitney Portal Recreation Area” signs 133.7 7700
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Meysan Lakes trailhead on L. 133.9 8035
Family Campground on L.: Support vehicles should drive ahead to park! 134 8100
Overflow Parking Lot on L. 134.6 8200
Finish Line of the World’s Toughest Foot Race:    Congratulations! 134.7 8360
Mile Markers (MM) noted are on R. side of road and within 2/10 of a mile of their stated location. For reference only.
Official distance is 135.0 miles. Remember all car odometers have error.
Distances above were GPS-measured and are accurate in a relative sense.
© AdventureCORPS, Inc. for the exclusive use of registered Badwater 135 entrants and race staff.

Badwater Cerro Gordo


We are excited to announce that we are making progress on the BADWATER® Cerro Gordo concept and race. We’ve had a map created and a simple race logo.

The Badwater Cerro Gordo 102-mile footrace will be based upon the Badwater 135 route used in 2014, but excluding the 33-mile out-and-back section between Keeler and Darwin. It will cover 102 miles (166km) non-stop from Lone Pine, CA to the summit of Horseshoe Meadow (elev. 10,000 feet / 3048m), then across the Owens Valley to a 5,500 foot dirt road ascent to the ghost town of Cerro Gordo, and then, after passing back through Lone Pine, a final dramatic ascent to the highest paved point on Mt. Whitney, CA. The start line is at Lone Pine, CA, and the race finishes at Mt. Whitney Portal at 8,360’ (2530m). The Badwater Cerro Gordo course covers three mountain pass ascents for a total of over 17,000’ (5,800m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 12,700’ (4450m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

It will be a terrific winter counterpoint to the Badwater 135!

The first edition will be held in Winter 2015 / 2016 or 2016 / 2017. Details forthcoming on the event webpage here on the site.


Badwater 135 Course Description

Badwater Basin, Death Valley (- 85m / 280ft)
The race begins here adjacent to a pool of saltwater located at the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere.

Furnace Creek Ranch (-170′), Mile 17.5 (Time Station #1)
The first oasis in our journey. A small general store, restaurant, hotel, camping, and ice are available, plus a gas station just 2/10 of a mile up the road next to the National Park Service Visitors Center. Stock up here!

Stovepipe Wells (Sea Level), Mile 42.2 (Time Station #2)
A small general store, gas station, restaurant and motel. Location of the race’s Medical HQ for most of the first 15 hours of the race. Stock up here!

Towne Pass (4956’), Mile 58.7
17-mile long ascent with 5000′ of elevation gain, then a 10-mile long descent with 3000′ feet of elevation loss into the Panamint Valley. It’s a steep and narrow road with limited opportunities to park. Support vehicles, crews, and runners must be cautious and extra aware of the traffic.

Panamint Springs Resort (2000′), Mile 72.7 (Time Station #3)
Gas station / mini-mart, plus restaurant and motel. Stock up here! Also, we rent out “The Cottage” as a way station for any and all race entrants and crews to use during the race: Bring your own towel, soap, and shampoo and make a big effort to keep the room and bathroom tidy. After passing Panamint Springs, a long, steep climb follows on a steep and narrow road with limited opportunities to park. Support vehicles, crews, and runners must be cautious and extra aware of the traffic, and ONLY park in the eight designated parking zones between Panamint Springs Resort and unmarked “Panamint Pass” at mile 84.9.

Father Crowley’s Turnout (4000′), Mile 80.65
The bathrooms and parking lot that designate this view point are not the top of this ascent, though you may hope so. Beyond here, the road continues to rise to 5000’ over rolling hills, then eventually descends into the Owen’s Valley.

Darwin Turn-Off (5050′), Mile 90.6 (Time Station #4)
Just a few miles to the south of our route is the small inhabited ghost town of Darwin, the website for which touts “NO broadcast TV; NO AM/FM radio, NO cell signal; NO stores; NO restaurants.” This is where the race usually starts to get serious for all entrants. Look for Mile Marker 28 about nine miles ahead to indicate your 100-mile mark!

Keeler (3610′), Mile 108.1
This is a small mining town with no facilities which abuts the Owens Dry Lake Bed to the left of the highway. Amazing views of Mt. Whitney and the Sierra Nevada abound. A dirt road to the right ascends to Cerro Gordo, an authentic ghost town which was featured in the 2014 Badwater 135 and will be featured again in the upcoming “Badwater® Cerro Gordo” 102-mile Ultramarathon.

Lone Pine (3610′), Mile 122.7 (Time Station #5)
Lone Pine offers the weary runner and crew all the amenities of a real town: fast food, pizza, restaurants, motels, gas stations, grocery stores, and more, not to mention our Race Headquarters at the Dow Villa. Restock here for the climb to Whitney Portal. Turn left onto the Whitney Portal Road to begin the final leg, the longest and steepest climb of the race (13 miles with 5000 feet of elevation gain). After the turn from Hwy 395, it’s 8.4 miles to Time Station #6, located at the start of the switchbacks. Temperatures will steadily decrease during the ascent (though depending on time of day). Be prepared with extra layers of clothing and rain gear the final few miles; at night it can approach freezing temperature. Be sure your support vehicle is always parked completely off of the road and that you do not block traffic, even for a moment.

Whitney Portal Road Switchbacks, (6890’), Mile 131.1 (Time Station #6)
Just before you enter the infamous “switchbacks” section of the Whitney Portal Road climb to the finish, there is a time station (checkpoint) on the right in the large pullout. From here it’s “just” a four-mile sprint to the finish line (one a road that gets increasingly steeper.)

Mt. Whitney Trailhead, (8360’), Mile 135
Congratulations! You have finished the world’s toughest foot race! A small diner/shop are open during daylight hours. There is also a stocked fishing pond and a campground (because, of course, after running 135 miles, you really want to go fishing and camping!).

For all the Badwater 135 race route details, click here.

Course Profile Breakdown

Flat Miles:

Badwater to Stovepipe Wells 41 miles
Panamint floor 2 miles
Darwin flats 4 miles
Owens Valley to Lone Pine 22 miles
69 miles total

Uphill Miles:

Stovepipe Wells to Townes 18 miles + 5,000 ft.
Panamint grade (west) 15 miles + 3,400 ft.
Lone Pine to Whitney Portal 13 miles + 4,600 ft.
46 miles total +14,600 ft. total

Downhill Miles:

Townes to Panamint Valley 8 miles – 3,400 ft.
Darwin to Owens Valley 12 miles – 1,300 ft.
20 miles total – 6,100 ft. total

Below are real, actual time splits from 2015 and 2016 racers, which are far more useful than average speed time splits, which vary widely in reality due to the severe changes of topography along the course, not to mention the heat, or cold, wind, and more.
Note there is some range: some runners “fall behind” or “make up time” in various stretches depending on how they feel, eat, drink, and many other factors. This is why we included real-time splits for several different runners in the 34-hour, 40-hour, 44-hour, and 46-hour range. Everything is in elapsed time.
Note the time limits for point of reference:
The time limit at Panamint Springs (72 miles) is 24 hours.
The time limit at Darwin (90 miles)  is 33 hours.
The time limit at Lone Pine (122) is 42 hours.
For an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx) version of this data, click here.

Pace Chart

hours mph min/mile
24 5.62 10:40
25 5.40 11:07
26 5.19 11:33
26 5.14 11:41
27 5.00 12:00
28 4.82 12:26
29 4.65 12:53
29 4.63 12:58
30 4.50 13:20
31 4.35 13:46
32 4.21 14:13
33 4.09 14:40
34 3.97 15:07
35 3.85 15:33
36 3.75 16:00
36 3.71 16:08
37 3.64 16:26
37 3.64 16:27
38 3.55 16:53
39 3.46 17:20
40 3.37 17:48
41 3.29  18:14
42 3.21  18:41
43 3.14  19:06
44 3.07  19:32
45 3.00  20:00
46 2.93  20:28
47 2.87  20:54
48 2.81  21:21


2014 Badwater 135 Route

Race Route: 2014 Edition

Course Profile

Garmin GPS Map

Behold the new and improved 2014 edition of the Badwater 135, the world’s toughest foot race!

Essential Race Route for 2014
Start in Lone Pine and run up Tuttle Creek
Run to the top of Horseshoe Meadow (23 miles uphill with 6500 feet of elevation gain)
Run back down to Lone Pine
Run southeast to Keeler on Hwy 136
Run up Yellow Grade Road to Cerro Gordo (7.5 miles uphill with 5500 feet of elevation gain)
Run back down Yellow Grade Road to Hwy 136
Run southeast on Hwy 136 / hwy 190 to the Darwin Turn-Off.
Turn around and run Hwy 190 / Hwy 136 back to Lone Pine
Finish by running from Lone Pine to Whitney Portal (13 miles uphill with 5000 feet of elevation gain)

Compared to the traditional route, the 2014 version has over 17,000’ (5,200m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 12,700’ (3900m) of cumulative descent, while the traditional Death Valley-based route has 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent. Though the 2014 edition does not start in Badwater and traverse Death Valley and Panamint Valley, the actual topography of the new route is significantly more challenging and very much worthy of the moniker, “world’s toughest foot race.”


Route Landmarks

2014 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon Route Landmarks

Created with GPS measurement: June 2014.

Distance Landmark Elevation
NOTE: TL = Traffic Light; SS = Stop Sign; T-Int = T-Intersection
0.0 Start west on Whitney Portal Road from Brewery Street 3740′
0.4 Left on Tuttle Creek Road             NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 3.1 MILES 3780′
0.6 Pass Portagee Joe Campground on right (toilet 50 yards west of road) 3790′
1.55 Cross LA Aqueduct 3800′
3.8 Pass Hopalong Cassidy House on Right 4500′
4.1 Pass Thundercloud Lane on Left VEHICLE SUPORT BEGINS 4580′
5.8 Right on Lubken Canyon Rd. (SS, T-Int) 4700′
6.2 Left on Horseshoe Meadows Rd. (SS, T-Int) 4800′
Dangerous, narrow area! No slow driving or stopping on road!
9.2 DeLaCour Ranch (Switchback #1 starts)  TOILET 5470′
10.6 Enter Inyo National Forest 6000
11.65 Switchback #2 starts 6400′
13.3 Switchback #3 starts 7000′
14.8 Switchback #4 starts 7600′
15.9 Switchback #5 starts; watch for rocks on road 8000′
16.6 Cell Service ends for Verizon; AT&T continues to work for 1.4 miles
16.7 Switchback #6 starts 8400′
16.9 Switchback #7 starts 8500′
18.0 Walt’s Point (AT&T cell service ends) 9000′
19.0 Summit, followed by short downhill 9300′
19.9 Low Point; resume climbing 9050′
21.6 “Wood Gathering Prohibited” / Gate 9600′
21.7 Stay left / Straight (Old Pack Station location) 9700′
21.9 Stay left / Straight towards Cottonwood Pass 9720′
22.1 Left into Day Use area: Time Station #1     (6135′ cumulative ascent) 9730′
22.2 Toilet on short loop road 9730′
22.3 Right to return down/east on Horseshoe Meadows Rd. (SS, T-Int) 9730′
24.4 Low Point; begin 250′ ascent 9050′
25.25 Summit; begin long descent 9300′
26.4 Walt’s Point (AT&T cell service resumes) 9000′
27.4 Switchback #7 starts 8500′
27.8 Switchback #6 starts 8400′
27.9 Verizon cell service resumes
28.4 Switchback #5 starts 8000′
29.4 Switchback #4 starts 7600′
30.9 Switchback #3 starts 7000′
32.6 Switchback #2 starts 6400′
35.0 DeLaCour Ranch (Switchback #1)  TOILET 5470′
38.4 Right on Lubken Canyon Rd. 4800′
38.5 Left on Tuttle Creek Road 4700′
40.0 Cross Sunset Drive (Crew vehicles go west to meet runners at Mile 43.9) 4580′
40.2 Pass Thundercloud Lane on Right         NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 3.1 MILES 4580′
42.8 Cross LA Aqueduct 3800′
43.8 Pass Portagee Joe Campground on left (toilet 50 yards west of road) 3790′
43.9 Right on Whitney Portal Rd. (SS, T-Int)             VEHICLE SUPPORT RESUMES 3780′
44.4 Right on Hwy 395 (TL) 3740′
44.5 Pass Dow Villa on Left: Time Station #2 3740′
45.9 Pass last gas and food: Chevron / Lee’s Frontier Deli on right 3700′
46.2 Left on SR 136 / SR 190 3690′
48.8 Cross Owens River 3610′
49.6 Left onto Dolomite Loop 3600′
54.2 Left onto Hwy 136 (SS, T-Int)        WATCH FOR SOFT SHOULDERS 3440′
59.1 Pass Cerro Gordo Rd. on right in Keeler 3680′
59.4 Left on Cerro Gordo Rd: Time Station #3  TOILET NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 15.4 MILES 3680′
64.0 False Summit “Geology Flats” (Water/Ice)   (8650′ cumulative ascent) 5750′
65.0 Enter Joshua Tree forest 6200′
65.8 “No Hunting” sign on wooden mining equipment on left 6930′
67.1 American Hotel in Cerro Gordo: Time Station #4 TOILET (11,000′ cumulative ascent) 8000′
70.2 False Summit “Geology Flats” (Water/Ice) 5750′
74.8 Left onto Hwy 136 (SS, T-Int): Time Station #5    VEHICLE SUPPORT RESUMES 3670′
79.3 Straight onto Hwy 190  (No Cell Service until Mile 102) 3830′
80.6 4000′ Elevation Sign on left 4000′
82.6 Gunsight Pass 4340′
85.9 Gravesite / Large Cross on left 4540′
90.7 Mile Marker 36.0 on right 5000′
91.25 Large pull-out on right: Time Station #6 (0.9 mile before Darwin turn-off) 5150′
96.5 Gravesite / Large Cross on right 4540′
99.8 Gunsight Pass 4340′
100.7 “100 MILES” painted on road on left side 4160′
101.9 4000′ Elevation Sign on right 4000′
103.1 Straight onto Hwy 136 at Hwy 190 junction (Cell service resumes) 3830′
107.7 Pass Cerro Gordo Road on rightinI Keeler (former TS #3/5) 3670′
113.0 Pass Dolomite Loop on right 3440′
117.2 Pass Dolomite Loop on right again 3600′
118.0 Cross Owens River 3610′
120.7 Right on Hwy 395 (SS, T-Int) 3690′
122.4 Pass Dow Villa on right: Time Station #7 3740′
122.5 Left on Portal Road (TL) 3740′
No slow driving or stopping on road!
125.6 Pass Horseshoe Meadow Rd. on left 4520′
126.8 Pass Cuffe Ranch on right 5100′
128.1 Pass Olivas Ranch Rd. on left 5300′
129.0 Pass Lone Pine Campground on left 5700′
Dangerous, narrow area! No slow driving or stopping on road!
130.8 Large pullout on right before switchbacks section: Time Station #8 6890′
131.8 “The Switchback” 7215′
132.4 Vista Point on left 7400′
133.4 Whitney Portal Recreation Area sign 7700′
133.7 Family Campsites on left 8100′
134.3 Overflow Parking Lot on left 8200′
134.4 Finish Line 100 yards beyond Mount Whitney Trail sign (17,000′ cumulative ascent) 8360′
Copyright ©AdventureCORPS, Inc.

Official distance is 135.0 miles. Remember all car odometers have error. Distances above are accurate in a relative sense, but you may find variation in the overall distance, as we did when creating the above route sheet.


>  Description of the major ascents by 2014 entrant Josh Spector

> Mile by Mile Images of the Horseshoe Meadows ascent from Mile 0 to Mile 23 by Ben Jones

>  More Images of the Horseshoe Meadows ascent from Mile 0 to Mile 23 by Ben Jones 

>  Images of the Cerro Gordo ascent / descent from Mile 60 to Mile 75 by Ben Jones.
While 2014 race entrant Josh Spector and his crew trained on that stretch of the route.


Read about Cerro Gordo, the Ghost Town.
Ghost Town Explorers   Wikipedia   Ghost Towns   Cerro Gordo


Lone Pine Map and Services Guide: a very handy reference tool for Badwater runners and crews
Lone Pine Guide [PDF]

 Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce 


> Lone Pine weather

> Lone Pine historical weather trend data

> Information about the history (1977-2013) race route