Registration closes: Sat, Aug 25 @ 11:59PM


Welcome to the majestic Mt. Margaret Backcountry, rising from the ashes of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens! With its sapphire lakes, rugged, toothy peaks, and wildflower-blanketed slopes, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry 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.

The Backcountry Rise Trail Runs include two different challenging and remote single-loop courses: a 50K and a 20 miler. Both races start and finish at the magnificent Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center, perched on the slopes above Coldwater Lake in full view of the Mt. St. Helens blast zone. Each race offers stunning ridgeline views of the surrounding Cascade volcanoes, serene mountain lakes, rushing creeks and abundant wildlife including resident mountain goats, elk, deer, cougar and many more.

Video: Pursuit Films / 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 has a race day start time of 7:00AM. The course is challenging and remote, consisting 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 has a race day start time of 9:00AM. 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.

Packet Pickup

There will be an optional packet pickup event at Seven Hills Running Shop in Seattle on Sunday, August 26 from 11AM-3PM preceded by an Altra Shoe Demo and Group Run at 10AM! If you can't make it to packet pickup, you can get your stuff on race morning.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration more than 30 days prior to the race, you can opt for a 50% credit toward a future Daybreak Racing race, redeemable within one year of issuance -- there are no refunds. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or transfer -- no exceptions. Please note there are no transfers to other runners.Thank you for your attention to this.

In the event that the race is forced to be cancelled for any reason and cannot be rescheduled (such as severe weather, forest fire, storm damage, etc.), all affected registrants will have the option of receiving a partial refund or a credit, which can be applied toward any Daybreak Racing event with no expiration.

Race registration add-on purchases (shirts, hats, etc.) must be picked up at race day check-in (or packet pick-up event when applicable). Volunteers will have all runner's registration information and will distribute pre-ordered shirts at this time. Remaining shirts and other items not picked up by the time the race starts will be re-sold when our merchandise table opens on race day. No refunds will be issued for any reason regarding pre-ordered race shirts, hats and other add-ons. These items will also not be shipped. Thank you for your understanding.

Local time: 8:20 PM


Linked Events

Start Times

Ask a Question

Top Performances