Badwater® Cerro Gordo is based upon the alternate Badwater 135 route used in 2014, but excluding the 33-mile out-and-back section between Keeler and Darwin and with a different sequence of ascents. It will cover 101.4 miles (165km) non-stop from Lone Pine, CA across the Owens Valley to Keeler and than a 5,500 foot dirt road ascent to the ghost town of Cerro Gordo. Runners will then return to Keeler and Lone Pine for a total of 45.2 miles. From there, they will run to the summit of Horseshoe Meadow (elev. 10,000 feet / 3048m), and back, for a total of 89.4 miles. After passing back through Lone Pine, the runners will tackle the final dramatic ascent to the highest paved point on Mt. Whitney, CA. The start line is at Lone Pine, CA, and the race finishes 101.4 miles later 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 is anticipated that the first edition will be held in the near future.