The sixth annual UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge is a multi-faceted multi-media adventure blogging contest open to Trailrunners, Fastpackers, Backpackers, and bipeds of all stripes. There are no aid stations, no course markings, no start/finish, no lemming lines, no cut offs, no set date; in fact, it's all up to you.
How to participate in the UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge:
1. Sign up on Ultrasignup.com for any or all of the UPWC routes before you make your attempt and before November 30th.
2. Between the day you sign up and midnight on December 31st, complete any or all of the routes as well as your trip report, whatever form it may take. Completing a route must include producing content in the form of a trip report, photo album, video, audio recording, artistic rendering, or any other form which reflects your experience of the route and can be posted online via your personal blog and/or the UPWC Facebook Group.
3. Enter your proof and documentation, including trip report link and any GPS data at https://goo.gl/forms/pnpuBcJu4gBOfRyg2 no later than midnight December 31.
4. Early next year a party will be held at Seven Hills Running Shop to wrap up the event and kick off the next year's event. Finisher's patches and other awards and swag will be handed out for both the UPWC and UPMBC and the routes for the next year will be presented.
5. If you are unable to attend the UPWC Wrap Party/Kickoff Party, visit UltraPedestrianWildernessChallenge.com for complete results and visit Seven Hills Running Shop in person to pick up your UPWC commemorative finisher's patch. If you live outside the greater Seattle area, arrangements can be made to send you your finisher's patch via U.S. mail.
We strongly encourage all entrants to join the UPWC Facebook Group to ask questions about the routes, gather and share trail beta, connect with other UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge participants, scope out the competition, and keep up to date on the most recent news, information, and general goings on.
Seven Lakes Loop
This route is about 60 miles and has three big climbs and about 11,700ft of elevation gain. Much like it's sister route Graves Creek, it is a great mix of everything that makes the Olympics so amazing, big trees, dense forest, steep trails, river valleys, high open ridges, fun single track, and good odds of seeing bear, elk and other animals.
The loop includes six miles of primitive trail connecting the Bogachiel River basin to the Hoh River basin. It also includes about 5 miles along the Upper Hoh Road, you must travel this section on foot. Do not skip this section, do not use car shuttle.
Being a loop route, you can actually start the route and finish the route anywhere along the loop and you can travel either clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Start at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Travel down the Hoh River Trail until it reaches the junction with Hoh Lake Trail. Travel up Hoh Lake Trail up and past Hoh Lake and up to Bogachiel Peak and the High Divide Trail. Travel East on the High Divide Trail toward Heart Lake and traveling counter-clockwise, the long way around the Seven Lakes Basin on the Sol Duc River Trail. At the Northwest corner of the loop turn south onto Deer Lake Trail heading up towards Hidden Lake and eventually Deer Lake. From Deer Lake connect to Little Divide Trail toward Blackwood Lake. From the junction to Blackwood Lake take the Bogachiel River Trail down the ridge toward the North Fork Bogachiel River and along the river until it joins the main Bogachiel River, continue until the junction with the Bogachiel River South Bank Trail. Continue until you reach the junction with the Hoh-Bogachiel-Primitive Trail (aka "South Snider-Jackson trail" or "Tumwata trail"). Take the Hoh-Bogachiel Primitive trail up and over the ridge and back toward the Hoh River valley. Finally connect back to the Upper Hoh road and continue the five miles back to the Hoh visitor center.
Take US Hwy 101 to Upper Hoh Road. Follow Upper Hoh Road to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.
Local time: 9:16 PM