Big Hurt Mountain Bike

Race day morning racers will navigate their way to the new trailhead for the Foothills Trail System (see Getting to the Start Line section below). The start will be in the same place as prior years.

The course starts with a rather steep, but pretty short gravel road climb for just about a mile to a new trail on the riders left. Follow the main trail in a clockwise direction to about mile 3 ¼ where you will stay right. About ¼ mile later stay right again and follow the main trail to mile point 4 ¼ and stay left. Follow downhill to a hard left onto the trail you took to the start line. Follow this back to the parking lot, right onto the Little River Road and cruise downhill (safely) to Black Diamond Road. STOP, then go right and follow to the stop sign where you will…..STOP. Proceed to 9th street and go right down a narrow trail to Valley Street and go Left.

If you’ve done the course in the past, there are some slight differences. The grueling East Loop is eliminated and some new trail has replaced some trail and road sections. If you practice in the summer it will be about as loose as it gets. By September it will tighten up a bit with a little rain hopefully.

If you would like a GPS track of the course, email to I might even be able to go ride it with you.

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Course Description

This is a 14 mile course that is a combination of dirt logging road, single-track trail, and paved road.

Cyclist Competency

The Foothills trail is a multi-use trail, including motorized use so watch for other traffic. It varies between smooth and flowy, to tight and rough with loose rocks. Some off-road riding experience is strongly recommended.

The bike racer must be capable of racing/riding on public roads that are open to motor vehicles. The racer is responsible for knowing the course. There are minimal signs and no mileage markers on the course.

Assistance along the course is not allowed. There will be a mechanic available at the start line for any last minute emergencies (emergencies only please, have your bike maintained and ready before the race!). There are no other services provided along the course. The racer should start with sufficient water and food for the entire course. The bike racer is responsible for providing a safe bicycle. The racer should be able to repair flat tires without outside assistance.

Getting to the Start Line

Cyclists competing on a TEAM are required to be dropped off at the start line on race day. IRON Division participants are expected to get a ride, but can sign up for a shuttle for $15. You can reserve a shuttle during the registration process, or email The shuttle bus will leave from the Big Hurt HUB downtown at 9:00 a.m.

The race starts at 10:00 a.m.—allow 30 minutes to get to the gate from downtown Port Angeles. Plan to arrive at the gate by 9:30 a.m., as there is a 1/2 mile ride or walk uphill to the start line. There is a racer briefing at 9:45 a.m. before the 10:00 a.m. start. There is room to park for team members and spectators if they wish to watch the race start or stay to watch racers coming through after the first loop.

Directions from the Hub: Go South on Lincoln Street to 8th Street and go Right. Follow to the 2nd light which is Pine Street and go Left. After the stop sign, it will turn into Black Diamond Road, which you will follow several miles until you come to Little River Road where you will take a Left. In just under a mile there will be a gated road (yellow gate) on your left which will be clearly marked.

Equipment and Safety Rules

While there is a fair bit of dirt and paved road riding, the trail portion of the route is fairly rough, loose, and steep. Some mountain bike experience is highly recommended. It is also strongly recommended that you use a mountain bike, ideally with a little suspension and definitely good brakes.

Helmets are mandatory. Bikes must be in good condition. Motorized bikes of any nature are not allowed. Bicyclists may not receive assistance or spare parts from anyone after starting the race.

There are hazards along the route including narrow shoulders, truck traffic, dogs, etc. Pay attention out there!

No ear buds, earphones, or anything else that would limit hearing can be used during this or any leg of The Big Hurt.


Spectators are welcome but they must make their way up to the start line just as the riders. Riders will start, do a long loop, and come by the start line again as they exit the trail to head back to town so that would be a convenient place to watch.

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