50K and 25K, Friday-Saturday, 8-9 of June 2017
Situated in the North Cascades National Park, the Ross Lake Rally offers a pair of runs that blend early season mountain access, moderate elevation, and spectacular trails along the shores of Ross Lake. After an initial evening dinner, orientation, and overnight at the Colonial Creek Campground runners are shuttled via water taxi to two respective starts/trails and subsequently wander their way lakeside back to a well stocked basecamp finish.
50K: From Colonial Creek Runners are transported to the Happy Panther trailhead, which quickly descends to the shores of Ross Lake. A waiting boat shuttles folks to the northern end of the lake and Hozomeen Camp. A few hundred yards of gravel road quickly brings folks to the Willow Creek Trail, the beginning of the run. After the first 3 miles of trail, a 1 mile spur leads to the, not to be missed, lakeside views of Hozomeen Peak. The next 11 miles of rolling single track mostly in the Lightning Creek drainage brings Ross Lake back into view and the option for a mid-run swim. From here the East Bank Trail follows the shore line for another 16 miles dipping in and out creek drainages, crossing suspension bridges, and showing off the colors of spring wildflowers. The trail brings runners back to Highway 20, where another shuttle brings them back into Colonial Creek. Click here to view an Alltrails course map and elevation profile.
25K: Like the 50K runners are transported to the Happy Panther trailhead, which quickly descends to the shores of Ross Lake. Their boat shuttle terminates at Devils Junction where they pick up the East Bank trail for 15 miles moderate lakeside trail and spectacular mountain views. Once reaching Highway 20, an Aspire shuttle brings folks back into Colonial Creek. Click here to view an Alltrails course map and elevation profile.
4:00pm. Course check in. Burlington WA
- Meet in the parking lot of Bob’s Burgers and Brews
- Address: 9440 Old Hwy 99 N, Bow, WA 98232
- Look for the green Suburban with “Aspire Adventure Running” decals
4:30. Depart for North Cascades, Colonial Creek Campground
6:30. Arrive camp. Aspire will serve an evening meal; conduct a course overview and orientation. Runners pack/prep for the next day’s run.
7:00 am. Wake and enjoy a hot breakfast served by Aspire.
8:00 am. 50K Shuttle depart for Hozomeen Camp
- Estimated travel time for the course 7-12 hours.
11:00 am. 25K shuttle depart for Lightning Creek
- Estimated travel time for the course 2-9 hours.
1pm-7pm. Course finish.
- Course finishes are well stocked with food and beverages, hot showers, and camaraderie. These activities will be staged out of the Colonial Creek Campground. Family and friends are welcome to join us at the course end!
7pm. 1st Shuttle back to Burlington
9pm. Last Shuttle back to Burlington
Running Gear: Each runner should come equipped with a personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to for long runs. Running clothing should consist of a system that includes a wind/waterproof jacket and an insulative layer. Each runner is encouraged carry a water filtration system and a personal first aid kit to respond to blisters, chafing, and minor ailments.
Drop Bag: A bag of post-run clothing is essential. This bag should include an insulative jacket preferably down or synthetic, a wind/water resistant outer layer, dry clothing, and dry shoes.
Camping Gear: This course includes 1 night of camping. Required equipment includes: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camp clothing suitable for a spectrum of mountain weather. Camping equipment is available for rent with registration. Aspire will provide group shelter, heaters, a charging station, hot shower, and lively camp amenities.
Registration includes a shuttle from Burlington, all camping/taxi fees, meals, and the support of seasoned trail crew.
Early Bird Registration: $200. Ends December 31st
Regular Registration: $230. Ends April 31st
Late Registration: $260. Closes September 9th
Every year we have at least one runner who due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances can not participate in their registered trip. While registrations can be transferred, Aspire does not issue refunds. See our FAQ’s. We strongly encourage each runner to purchase 3rd party trip insurance that will reimburse the cost of registration in the event that you are unable to participate in the event.