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2nd Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch


Quick info

  • Date: Sat Oct 5 - Note the EARLY start time of 8:50!

  • Location: Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch - (thanks to them for hosting!)

  • Courses: Mass start, score-O format (find controls in any order you want within a time limit)

  • Meet Director’s Notes - link coming soon

  • Meet director: Sue Grandjean


CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork or payment)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool


  • Online registration closes Thursday, Oct 3, at 1:00pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out

Event Overview

Come on out and try CROC corn maze orienteering at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island! It’s probably the smallest scale map we’ve ever used, but DANG there’s a lot of route options! It's all the fun of a corn maze but with an extra competitive edge. Family and beginner friendly as always.

Number 1 rule: Stay only on existing paths in the maze and do NOT cut through standing corn.

Note - This event starts much earlier than our usual meets, so we can be finished with the course by the time the corn maze opens for business.)

Note - We expect a large turnout for this event. Please register online if possible, and arrive early to make the registration and earlier-than-usual start as smooth as possible for everyone.

Meet Director’s notes

The meet director wrote a detailed overview of how this event will work. Please read this prior to the event, click the button below. (Link will open a Google Drive document in a new window.)


Corn maze orienteering tips

  • You may want to bring a highlighter pen to mark your route on the map, hint hint.

  • A compass can be helpful - easy to get turned around with no reference to North.

  • The map scale will be approximately 1:1200, a much larger scale (more “zoomed in”) than a normal orienteering map. Controls will accordingly be very close together, some just a few seconds apart, so don’t overrun your objective.

  • The orienteering skills of thumbing the map where you move your thumb along to indicate the “you are here” position), and orienting the map (by rotating it to match the terrain in front of you) will be very useful. Read about these two important skills in more detail on our “Beginner’s Guide” page.

  • Please bring: a change of clothes/shoes. Corn mazes can get muddy!


  • Registration/Sign In - 7:30-8:30  (Yes, it's early!  Save time and register online, see link below)

  • Instructions - 8:40am

  • Map Handout - 8:45am

  • Mass Start - 8:50am

  • Course Closes - 10:00am

Costs - prices include entrance into the Pumpkin Patch maze

Note - Payment on event day is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Event Cost

  • $20 base price - individuals

  • $30 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club


Directions and Map to event site

45.6415, -122.7895

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231

From Portland City center:

  1. Drive west on Highway 30 about 9.7 miles.

  2. Take a right turn and cross the bridge across Sauvie Island.

  3. Take an immediate left, circle under the bridge, and go about 2.3 miles on NW Gillihan Rd to the Pumpkin Patch.

Earlier Event: September 28
Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn
Later Event: October 12
Catherine Creek