Sunset Series

$30 gets you into the hills, a burger, and a beverage!

Last year we introduced the Summer Sunset Series as a low key way to get a feel for the Aspire experience. We are stoked to announce 2019 dates and open registration for more evening adventures!

  • Church Mountain: Saturday June 8th……….REGISTER
  • Excelsior Ridge: Friday August 16th………….REGISTER
  • Hannegan Peak: Saturday August 17th…….REGISTER
  • Chain Lakes Loop: Saturday August 30th….REGISTER

Description

The trails connecting the peaks, ridge-lines, glaciers, and summits of the Nooksack Valley are some of the most stunning and accessible terrain in the North Cascades.  Interspersed with our larger summer adventures we’ll be leading a few outings to a selection of some of our favorite trails. These runs are low key affairs and all paces are welcome. We BBQ after each run and always get home after dark.

Itinerary

Each Sunset run follows the same basic itinerary. Times for arriving at trailheads and getting back to Bellingham vary by destination.

3:00pm: Meet in Bellingham      

Each trip begins in the Bellingham Safeway Parking Lot (Address: 1297 East Sunset Dr.) We’ll do introductions, arrange carpooling, and head for the hills.

4-5:00pm: Trailhead Arrival, Run

Aspire crew travels with each group. Someone is always at the front leading the way and someone is always at the rear “sweeping” behind the group. Distances and elevation gain/loss vary by destination.

9-10:00pm: BBQ at the Trailhead

Aspire will provide meat/veggie burgers and cold drinks. All participants are encouraged to bring a side/salad/dessert to share!

11:00pm-12:00am: Return to Bellingham

Destinations

Church Mountain, 8.5 mile out-n-backHeliotrope Ridge, 5.5 miles out-n-back

Excelsior Ridge, 10 mile point-to-point

Hannegan Peak, 10 mile out-n-back

Chain Lakes, 8 mile loop

Gear

Summers in the North Cascades in their ideal are shorts and t-shirts affairs. However, inclement weather or a twisted ankle can quickly sour an evening jaunt. Each runner should carry: a light wind/rain shell, snacks, water, a headlamp, an emergency bivy blanket, warm hat/gloves, and personal first aid supplies. Each runner should have a warm jacket, hat, and dry clothes in a finish “drop” bag.

On the trail Aspire crew will have emergency communication devices, first aid kits, and water filters on hand for emergencies. At the trail head we’ll have a large. water jug and all the BBQ supplies.