Thursday-Saturday August 2-5th and August 9-12th
Thanks to increased interest Aspire is offering 2 Wonderland Tours in 2017!
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 93-mile loop gains and descends 21,810’ 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.
A 3-day circumnavigation of Mt. Rainer is a concentrated ultra-running challenge in a world-class destination. Aspire is committed to providing exceptional service and support to ensure an unforgettable experience. The following schedule is a tentative outline of what to expect over the course of the trip.
4pm. Group convenes at Whittaker Mountaineering, Ashford WA. Shuttles from SeaTac, Seattle, and the I-5 corridor available with registration.
5pm. Depart for campsite.
5:30. Arrive camp. Aspire will serve an evening meal, conduct a course overview and orientation, runners pack/prep for an early start.
6am. Wake. Aspire will serve a hot breakfast.
7am. Depart for Wonderland Trailhead at Longmire. Run.
- Longmire to Mowich Lake: 34M +9,755’ / -7,600’ Travel time: 7-12 hours
2-7pm. Arrive Mowich Lake Camp. Race bags, personal gear and equipment will all be waiting along with delicious food and drinks.
7am. Wake, hot breakfast.
8am. Run direct from Camp
- Mowich Lake to White River: 28M +5,871’ / 5,900’ Travel time 5-9 hours
1-5pm. Arrive White River Campground. Food, gear, and shower waiting.
7am. Wake up, hot breakfast.
8am. Run from camp.
- White River to Longmire: 31M +6,184 / -7,610’ Travel Time 6-10 hours.
2-6pm. Arrive Longmire! Food and gear waiting.
8pm. Aspire will shuttle runners back to their vehicles in Ashford, SeaTac, Seattle, etc.
Day 3 of this course is challenging! As in all endurance efforts it is difficult to predict the challenges of weather, injury, and fatigue. Aspire asks that runners not make any travel/flight plans Saturday evening. We will provide an evening shuttle back to Seattle Saturday night. Runners can also plan to camp Saturday night and join us for breakfast and a return to Seattle by 1pm on Sunday.
It is said that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Proper equipment and clothing are essential for a safe and comfortable experience in the mountains. Attention and adherence to the following guidelines is essential.
A personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available for runners, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to, especially for long runs.
A tent, sleeping bag, pad, and camp clothing suitable for a spectrum of mountain weather. If your traveling from out of town or don’t want to worry about overnight gear, this equipment is available for rent with registration.
*Detailed gear lists are sent to each runner upon registration.
Early Bird Registration: $800, ends February 29th
Regular Registration: $900, ends May 30th
Late Registration: $999, closes August 1st