Saturday, Sep 1, 2018
This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 1, 2018


We are hopeful the race will occur as planned. Registration has been adjusted to a waitlist temporarily due to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Signing up for the waitlist reserves your spot in the race, but your card is NOT charged. Normal registration will reopen when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted, then we will invite waitlisters to confirm their registration (and pay the fee) once that determination has been made.


Welcome to a majestic backcountry rising from the ashes of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. With its sapphire lakes, rugged, toothy peaks and wildflower-blanketed slopes, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry on the north side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument provides an unforgettably unique and stunning trail race experience. The power and resilience of Mother Nature is truly on full display here in the backcountry.

Backcountry Rise is presented by Salomon! The event includes three different challenging and remote loop courses: a 50K, 20 miler and half marathon (13.1 miles). Each race offers big climbs, sweeping descents and stunning ridgeline views of the surrounding Cascade Volcanoes, high mountain lakes, rushing creeks and abundant wildlife, especially resident mountain goats, elk and many more.

Each race distance starts and finishes at the spectacular Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center, itself designed as the original volcano observatory. Perched on the slopes above Coldwater Lake and oriented toward the Mount St. Helens blast zone, the venue offers a family-friendly base camp location.

Video: Steven Mortinson Film & Photo / Music: Johnny Bertram


Daybreak Racing loves to give back to the community and each of our races has a beneficiary. The Backcountry Rise beneficiary is the Mt. St. Helens Institute.

Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center

The Backcountry Rise will have exclusive use of the MSH Science & Learning Center for race weekend, designed originally as an observatory! The Science & Learning Center staff have graciously allowed the race to offer car camping in their large parking lot for participants the night before the race. There is also walk-in field camping overlooking Coldwater Lake a short distance from the parking lot that has limited sites, which are first come, first served. The Science & Learning Center has plenty of indoor space, running water, flush toilets, a kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining area where post-race meals will be served.

Friday evening from 6pm-8pm we will host a spaghetti dinner for participants inside the Science & Learning Center!


The 50K is on Saturday, August 29th has a race day start time of 7:00AM. The course is very challenging and remote with some rugged sections, and is not a beginner's 50K. It consists of one epic clockwise loop on 99% backcountry singletrack, offering big climbs, sweeping descents and breathtaking views along the entire route.

Total elevation gain is 8,000ft and loss is 8,000ft. This is a tough course with much of the route being very remote. Three aid stations are offered.

20 miler

The 20 miler is on Sunday, August 30th and has a race day start time of 8:00AM. The course consists of one big clockwise loop, complete with breathtaking views along the entire route.

Total elevation gain is 4,800ft and loss is 4,800ft. Approximately 98% of the course is on single-track trails. This is a very challenging course with some sections being very remote. The course has two full aid stations.

Half Marathon

The half marathon is on Saturday, August 29th and start time of 9:00AM. The course consists of one epic clockwise loop on 90% backcountry singletrack and 10% paved road, offering big climbs, sweeping descents and breathtaking views along the entire route.

Total elevation gain is 2,800ft and loss is 2,800ft. This is a tough course with some of the route being remote. Two aid stations are offered.

50K Required Experience & Gear

Due to the remote nature and distance between some aid stations on the 50K course, prior experience and certain gear is required.

Completion of at least one trail 50K prior to race day. During registration, you will be prompted to enter a finish result of any race distance 50K or longer (Ironman or other significant endurance race also qualifies).

> Capacity to carry 40 oz of hydration or more
> Weather-resistant lightweight jacket
> Whistle

About Daybreak Racing

Daybreak Racing presents unique Pacific NW trail running races including Tillamook Burn, Backcountry Rise and Wy'east Howl. Our goal is to share some of our area's most beautiful trails and reward your effort with friends, food, music and memories.

Adventure begins at Daybreak.

Cancellation Policy

See the full Cancellation Policy on the Daybreak Racing website.

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