Sawtooth Backcountry

An All Women’s Fall Alpine Adventure

An all women’s weekend of trail running, exploring mountain lakes and meadows, camping, and basking in the ephemeral beauty of the fall alpine.


  • Friday through Sunday — October 2-4, 2020


This course serves up steep rocky climbs accessing alpine meadows and lakes, larches in full autumn splendor, and expansive views of the Sawtooth, and Entiat mountain ranges. The standard 15 mile route takes runners to the shores of Sunrise, Cooney, and Martin lakes. A longer 30-mile loop extend the course through Merchants Basin, Eagle Lakes, and over Angles Stair Case.

Course Overview

Friday Day 1, Meet at the Foggy Dew Campground

Foggy Dew isn’t close to any major city. It’s a trek to get to, and runners will be glad to roll into basecamp after what’s typically a beautiful but long drive over the Cascades. We’ll have dinner and plan/prep for tomorrow runs.

Saturday Day 2, Larches and Alpine Running

After a hearty breakfast, two different runs are options for the Sawtooth trip:

15 Miler, Elevation Gain/Loss +5,248’ / -5,253

A short shuttle to the Foggy Dew Trail Head, climb to Cooney Lake, Sunrise Lake, and bask in fall larch’s golden glory.

30 Miler, Elevation Gain/Loss +8,048’ / -8,053

The 30 miler share the same climb to Cooney Lake, but continue north through Merchants Basin, to Crater Creek, Eagle Lakes, before looping back over Angles Staircase to Foggy Creek

Sunday Day 3, Breakfast and Road Trip

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we’ll pack up and make the trek home. Typically we arrive back to Burlington/Bellingham by 2pm.


For topographical route information, elevation profiles, and a downloadable GPX file of the routes, visit our Caltopo Sawtooth Backcountry Map.


This trip is based out of the Foggy Dew Campground in the Methow Valley. For an additional fee Aspire will operate a shuttle transporting runners between Bellingham, Burlington, and the Foggy Dew Campground.


This is backcountry run is staged out of the Foggy Dew Campground in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Aspire will provide a group shelter, heaters, a phone/watch/camera charging station, a portable hot shower, and lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience.

Course Info Packet

For details about the trail, itinerary information, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies we’ve prepared a Sawtooth Backcountry Info Packet Share your email with us and we’ll send you all the info. 


Early Bird Registration: $300. Ends May 31st
Regular Registration: $350. Ends July 31st
Late Registration: $400. Closes October 5th


*Payment plans are available for every trip. Email us to set one up

Trip Insurance

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.