Course designer(s): Peter Golde
|Beginner||9||3.4 km||40 m
|Intermediate||9||4.8 km||110 m
|Short Advanced||12||4.4 km||110 m
|Long Advanced||17||6.9 km||210 m
Short Advanced and Long Advanced are advanced in technical difficult, and are different only in length. Anyone running on Advanced should be comfortable navigating using only contour lines.
In orienteering, the venue has a large bearing on the difficulty of a course. Long Advanced at a city park is not equivalent in difficulty to Long Advanced in the mountains. If this is your first time at a rugged venue in the Cascades or Eastern Washington, consider running a shorter or easier course.
If you wish to participate in the Ultimate Orienteer series scoring, sign up for the corresponding course and you’ll automatically be entered into the series competition:
- 20 and under – Junior: Short Advanced Course
- 50 and older – Masters: Short Advanced Course
- Anyone – Open: Long Advanced Course
How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel about 5 miles.
Map scale: 1:10,000
Contour intervals: 5m
“I hope you will enjoy this beautiful and challenging area. Along with Lick Creek, this is my favorite orienteering area in Washington State, with a great combination of challenging contour navigation, open forest running, and not too much climb.
Please note that Short Advanced and Long Advanced are set to the same technical difficulty level, and differ only in length. You should only attempt one of the advanced courses if you are comfortable map reading and navigating via contour lines only. No matter what course you choose, it is crucial that you keep track of where you are on the map at all times; relocating in this area is very difficult if you make a mistake.
The map was last updated in 2009, but it still very usable as long as you keep that in mind. Rootstocks (brown X) and logging piles (brown circle with dot) should be ignored. Solid green areas are still roughly correct and useful to avoid. You will probably find it difficult to discern the difference between the forest (white), open land with scattered trees (checked yellow/white), and the rough open (light yellow). Some of the large clearings have been replanted with young trees. Contours, rocks/cliffs, and the larger trails and roads are your best bet for navigation.
The intermittent trails (double dashed lines) may exist but are often totally gone. All other trails should exist. The next smallest size trail (narrowest dashed line) may be hard to see until you are right on it but can be followed once you see it.
All courses will cross a barbed wire fence just south of the main east-west road at the bottom of the map. It may be hard to see; running into it at full speed is not recommended.
You will very likely see or hear deer and birds nesting on the ground, which can be startling but are harmless. There is a very slim chance you may encounter a bear. If you do, speak calmly to it so it knows you are human, retreat slowly, and do not run.”