Sucia Island

2 Nights and 3 Days of Island Trails, Beach Camping, and Paddle Sports

Sucia Island is the perfect start to the 2019 Aspire season. We can host up to 40 folks out of the Fossil Bay group camp and shelter. We’ll be soaking up early summer sun and getting lost on some technically moderate but completely stunning trails. This is a new event for 2019. It’s not to be missed. 



Friday through Sunday. May 31-June 2, 2019


Sucia is aptly known as the jewel of the San Juan Islands. It’s home to tide pools a-plenty, remote beaches, abundant sea life, and sunsets that defy description. This trip is a beach camping extravaganza.  Complete with gourmet meals, a quiver of paddle boards and kayaks to play with, and some stunning island running thrown in for good measure.


For topographical route information and a view of the islands trails visit our Caltopo Map of Sucia Island. 


Our Sucia basecamp will be staged out of the Fossil Bay group campground and group shelter. Aspire will provide a lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience.


This trip convenes at Gooseberry point just north of Bellingham, WA. As no public ferries serve Sucia, we have chartered a water taxi that will transport runners and equipment to the island and back again.

Photo Gallery

As this is our first year for this event so we only have a few teaser photos. You can view them on our Sucia Island Photo Gallery. 

Course Overview

Friday, Day 1: Boat Taxi to Sucia 

We’ll meet at 2pm at Gooseberry Point, just north of Bellingham.  It’s an hour on a private boat taxi to the moorings at Fossil Bay. Where we’ll establish a base camp for the weekend. 

Saturday, Day 2: 10-20 Miles of Trail Running + Paddle Sports

Sucia is a small island with a network of 10 miles of trails that extend to each of the islands three rocky fingers. While this isn’t a lot trail, given the out-n-back style of the terrain one can easily rack up 15-20 miles exploring every trail on the island. With little elevation gain, the most challenging aspect of a run on Sucia is the many distractions of tidepools, abundant wildlife, epic views of surrounding islands and Mt. Baker, and trails that lead to some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. We’ve also partnered with a local kayak outfitter to provide boats and paddle boards that will be available all weekend for exploring the shores and rocky shoals of Sucia. 

Sunday, Day 3: Morning Run/Paddle, Boat Taxi Home

After breakfast, morning runs, paddles, and packing lunches and breaking camp we’ll catch our boat taxi home arriving between between 2-3pm. 

Course Info Packet

For details about the trails, itinerary information, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies please check out the current Sucia Island Course Info Packet. (This packet is under development, it will be available early 2019)


Early Bird Registration: $300. Ends December 31st

Regular Registration: $350. Ends March 31st 

Late Registration: $400. Closes May 27th


Trip Insurance

Every year we have at least one runner who, due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances, cannot participate in his or her 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 he or she is unable to participate in the event.