Badwater Ultramarathon Course Description

Badwater Ultramarathon 2D and 3D Course Overview
Mile-by-mile race route, including Time Station locations and all landmarks
Course Map, as below (click for a PDF file of the map)


Badwater, Death Valley
The race begins here adjacent to a pool of saltwater located at the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere. 

Furnace Creek Ranch, Mile 17.4 (Time Station One)
The first oasis in our journey. A gas station, small general store, hotel, restaurant, camping, and ice are available.

Stovepipe Wells, Mile 41.9 (Time Station Two)
A small market, gas station, restaurant and motel. The gas station and restaurant are not open 24 hours. Location of the race's Medical HQ for most of first day and night of the reace.

Towne Pass (4956’), Mile 58.7
17-mile long ascent, then 10-mile long descent, followed by approx. 14 long straight miles. 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, Mile 72.3 (Time Station Three)
Restaurant, gas station, and motel with limited hours. Our friends at Panamint Springs Resort are kindly donating the use of "The Cottage" as a way station for any and all race entrants and crews: There are several beds and a shower available throughout the first day and night of the race. Bring your own towel, soap, and shampoo. 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.

Father Crowley’s Turnout, Mile 80.2
This isn’t the top. The road continues to rise to 5000’ over rolling hills, then eventually descends into the Owen’s Valley. As of 2011, there are bathrooms and paved parking here, rather than just a large gravel pullout.

Darwin Turn-Off, Mile 90.1 (Time Station Four)
Just a few miles to the south of our route is the small inhabited ghost town of Darwin, one 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.

Keeler, Mile 107.8
A small mining town with no facilities to the left of the highway. Amazing views of Mt. Whitney and the Sierra Nevada abound.

Lone Pine, Whitney Portal Road, Mile 122.2 (Time Station Five)
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 Six, located at the start of the switchbacks. Temperatures will steadily decrease during the ascent. 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 completely off of the road and that you do not block traffic, even for a moment.

Mt. Whitney Trailhead, (8360’), Mile 135
Congratulations! You have finished the most extreme running race in the world! A small diner/shop are open during daylight hours. There is also a stocked fishing pond and a campground.

Course Profile

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 +13,000 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 - 4,700 ft. total

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
42 3.21
43 3.14
44 3.07
45 3.00
46 2.93
47 2.87
48 2.81
49 2.75
50 2.7
51 2.65
52 2.60
53 2.55
54 2.5
55 2.45
56 2.41
57 2.37
58 2.33
59 2.29
60 2.25