Yellowstone Gateway 30K


Sep 17, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Yellowstone Gateway 30K

PO Box 14

Pray MT, 59065

United States

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Entry Fee $65
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $75
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 30K

Type: Trail

Participant Limit: 200

Starting Elevation: 5500

High Point: 8500

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 85%

First Year of the Event: 2018


Run the trails and dirt roads beneath Emigrant peak in this race celebrating the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which has permanently protected over 30,000 acres of Custer-Gallatin National Forest from gold mining. This Paradise Valley race is suitable for beginning trail runners to top racers and covers 18 miles of trail, gravel road, USFS dirt and scree covered jeep roads, with much of the race and aid stations taking place in the upper elevations of Emigrant Gulch and under Emigrant Peak. In general it is a 10 mile uphill that starts out easy and increases steadily but is mostly very runnable and at the St. Julian Aid Station it becomes a fast 8 mile downhill flattening out with a couple rollers near the finish. Starting near the Yellowstone River at the Sage Lodge you run double track trails over rolling hills past Chico Cemetery, then past the historic Yellowstone City gold settlement (c. 1864-1866) where some of the first gold seekers came to Montana to find fortune. Continue to Old Chico, and turn right up Emigrant Gulch to a dirt/scree jeep road that travels between steep canyon walls and past abandoned mines four short but steep sections. Your feet will get wet crossing Emigrant Creek two times. After the turn-around at the aid station near the St. Julian Mine (c. 1906) you will descend out of the gulch, turn right at Old Chico road and run the gravel Chico road to a sprint finish at Chico Hot Springs. Total ascent in feet is 2,778 and total descent is 2,449. Elevation varies from 4,990 feet at the start at the Sage Lodge in Emigrant to 8,000 feet at the top aid station east of Emigrant Peak, and 5,250 feet at the finish at Chico Hot Springs in Pray Montana.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Sep 17, 2023

Held on Sep 18, 2022

Held on Sep 19, 2021

Event Results

View 2021 Results