Las Trampas

7th Annual Golden Goat "Orienteering Adventure Race"

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002

Contact: Ian Tidswell, 415-681-7075
WorldAR for Adventure Racing.

Welcome to 2002's Golden Goat, California's version of the Billy Goat, a challenging "one-size-fits-most" event with a mass start, orange level (intermediate) control placement (with one or two harder ones thrown in for fun), and following allowed. In addition, there are other special features, such as the option to skip a control. Most intermediate or above competitors find the GG to be a lot of fun - very competitive at the front, with fast intermediates giving the usual suspects a run for their money, while at the back impromptu teams try to just finish (while entries are individual, collusion is allowed - or even encouraged).

Course Statistics

Course  Difficulty             Length  Climb  Controls   Notes

White   Beginner                1.8km   110m       9     Recommended for first timers
Yellow  Intermediate beginner   2.4km   135m       9     Good as second course.  A bit harder than white
Kid     Intermediate-advanced   7.3km   495m      15     First loop of Goat.  Physically tough.
Goat    Intermediate-advanced  10.3km   750m      22     Physically very tough
The Goat (and Kid, which is the first loop of the Goat) should be attempted only by those in good physical condition and who have successfully completed at least one intermediate orienteering course.

The Goat (and Kid) have several special features:

The White and Yellow courses are in our usual format:

Map and Terrain

We're using the new OCAD map for Las Trampas, recently converted by Mark Blair and Bob Cooley (thanks!). The Goat and Kid will be pre-printed on 1:10,000 scale, 7.5m contours. White/yellow courses will be printed on 1:7,500 scale. The map was originally created in 1991 and only minor updates have been made. Map quality is so-so. Vegetation has changed somewhat, and the contour detail is poor in some steeper areas. There are a few new fences, and many animal trails that aid progress, but are mostly unmapped.

The terrain is typical Bay Area ridge and valley, with a mixture of open and wooded areas. Most areas are quite steep. Watch your footing on the slopes. Open areas are quite fast running, although the footing is sometimes difficult. Areas marked white forest are generally fast going, although poison oak is quite extensive in the park (take precautions). All except the thinnest areas of fight (green) should be avoided.


Take I-680 to the Crow Canyon Road West exit. Continue on Crow Canyon Road, and make a right onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Drive north about 4 miles. Follow the O' signs to the parking area on your left.