93 Miles, 3-Day Stage
This trip has set the tone for style, challenge, and spectacular scenery for all the Aspire trips. Each year the interest grows, and at this point we’ve maxed out the number of trips we can run on our permit and realistically for what’s realistic in a season. These trips will fill.
REGISTRATION opens November 1st
- Wednesday through Sunday — July 29 to August 1, 2020
- Wednesday through Sunday — August 5 to 8, 2020
- Wednesday through Sunday — August 12 to 15, 2020
- Wednesday through Sunday — August 19 to 22, 2020
- Wednesday through Sunday — August 26 to 29, 2020
- All Women’s Trip: Wednesday through Sunday — September 2 to 5, 2020
At 14,410’ Mt. Rainier rises up from lowland valleys in an immense display of rock, ice, and majestic beauty. Circumnavigating the mountain’s glaciated flanks lies the Wonderland Trail. This 95-mile loop gains and descends 23,810’ as it weaves through ancient forests, flows through flower filled meadows, and climbs the many steep ridges cut by the mountain’s glaciers and rivers. To travel this trail is to experience the ecosystems, beauty, and savagery of the mountain.
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Wednesday, Day 1: Meet in Ashford WA
We meet runners at 4pm at Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford WA. This is a great place to purchase or rent any last minute gear. We spend the first night at Big Creek Campground, just outside of the park. Aspire serves and evening meal and we go over routes, risk management, and gear in preparation for the run.
Thursday, Day 2: Run From Longmire to Mowich Lake: 34 Miles, Elevation Gain/Loss +9,755/-7,600
We make this day an early start, its big. Runners generally complete this day in 10-12 hours, but the spread has been as wide as 9-17 hours. 5 big climbs, river crossings, lake swimming, old growth forests, high meadows, and big views await. As will all your gear and plenty of hot food, showers, and beer at Mowich Campground.
Friday, Day 2: Run From Mowich Lake to White River, 28 Miles, Elevation Gain/Loss +7,871’ / -7,900’
This is the “light” day of the trip. From Mowich Lake we send runners on the Spray Park section of the Wonderland. Why? Because big waterfalls, alpine meadows, and ridge lines that touch glaciers are amazing. The magic continues along the Carbon Glacier, Winthrop Glacier, Skyscraper Pass, and Berkley Park, before the trail leads directly into the White River Campground.
Saturday, Day 2: Run From White River to Longmire, 32 Miles, Elevation Gain/Loss +6,184 / -7,610’
Some how it’s possible for each day of this trip to get better. The trek through Summerland and over Panhandle Gap, into Indian Bar, and up the Cowlitz Divide easily competes for some of the best trail miles on the planet. 20 miles into the the Wonderland Trail crosses pavement at Box Canyon. Here we have an aid station and a 3:00 pm cutoff for runners making the final climb to Reflection Lakes, from which it is almost literally “all down hill”. Once in Longmire we have dinner and drinks. We celebrate, we congratulate, and eventually say our goodbyes.
For topographical route information, elevation profiles, and a downloadable GPX file of the routes, visit our Caltopo Wonderland Map.
This trip begins and ends in Longmire WA. We meet runners in Ashford WA just outside of the park on Wednesday evening. We also provide a shuttle to and from SeaTac airport on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday evening, this shuttle is NOT included in the course fee. All those booking flights should plan to fly home on Sunday. Runners who drive personal vehicle leave their cars in the backpackers parking lot in Longmire WA.
Our basecamp will be at a different drive in campground each night. Aspire will provide lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience. Runners will need to provide or rent a personal tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.
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 Wonderland Course Packet. Share your email with us and we’ll send you the packet.
Early Bird Registration: $1200, ends December 31st
Regular Registration: $1300, ends March 31st
Late Registration: $1400, closes July 16th
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.