Situated in the North Cascades National Park, the Ross Lake Rally offers a pair of runs that blend early season mountain access, moderate elevation, and spectacular trails along the shores of Ross Lake. After an initial evening dinner, orientation, and overnight at the Colonial Creek Campground runners are shuttled via water taxi to two respective starts and subsequently wander their way lakeside back to a well stocked basecamp finish.
From Colonial Creek Runners are transported to the Happy Panther trailhead, which quickly descends to the shores of Ross Lake. A waiting boat shuttles folks to the northern end of the lake and Hozomeen Camp. A few hundred yards of gravel road quickly brings folks to the Willow Creek Trail, the beginning of the run. After the first 3 miles of trail, a 1 mile spur leads to the, not to be missed, lakeside views of Hozomeen Peak. The next 11 miles of rolling single track mostly in the Lightning Creek drainage brings Ross Lake back into view and the option for a mid-run swim. From here the East Bank Trail follows the shore line for another 16 miles dipping in and out creek drainages, crossing suspension bridges, and showing off the colors of spring wildflowers. The trail leads runners back to Highway 20 and a final shuttle to Colonial Creek Campground.
Like the 50K runners are transported to the Happy Panther trailhead, which quickly descends to the shores of Ross Lake. Their boat shuttle terminates at Devils Junction where they pick up the East Bank trail for 12 miles moderate lakeside trail and spectacular mountain views. Once reaching Highway 20, an Aspire shuttle brings folks back into Colonial Creek.
Friday, Day 1: Meet at Colonial Creek Campground
Runners are welcome to arrive at Colonial Creek anytime after 4pm. Aspire will host an evening meal and review the route, logistics, and gear choices as runners make final preparations for the run.
Saturday, Day 2: 25K 4,500′ of Elevation Gain, 50K 5,500′ of Elevation Gain
50K: From Colonial Creek Runners are transported to the Happy Panther trailhead, which quickly descends to the shores of Ross Lake. A boat taxi shuttles folks to the northern end of the Ross Lake. Before joining the 25K course this run climbs up to Hozemeen Lake, meandering through old growth forest and following soft single track along raging creeks full of spring snowmelt.
25K: Like the 50K runners are shuttled to the trail head that leads to the Ross Lake boat taxi. Their boat shuttle terminates at Lightening Creek where they pick up the East Bank trail for 15 miles of rolling lakeside trail and spectacular mountain views.
Both of these runs finish at Highway 20 where an Aspire shuttle brings folks back into the Colonial Creek basecamp. Here Aspire will serve up appetizers, drinks, and a delicious evening meal.
Running Gear: Each runner should come equipped with a personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to for long runs. Running clothing should consist of a system that includes a wind/waterproof jacket and an insulative layer. Each runner is encouraged carry a water filtration system and a personal first aid kit to respond to blisters, chafing, and minor ailments.
Drop Bag: A bag of post-run clothing is essential. This bag should include an insulative jacket preferably down or synthetic, a wind/water resistant outer layer, dry clothing, and dry shoes.
Camping Gear: This course includes 1 night of camping. Required equipment includes: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camp clothing suitable for a spectrum of mountain weather. Camping equipment is available for rent with registration. Aspire will provide group shelter, heaters, a charging station, hot shower, and lively camp amenities.
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.
Aspire courses are non-competitive runs that embrace the challenge and adventure of traveling in wild and scenic terrain. Each event operates in accordance with its respective wilderness land use designation and authorization. Course fees include: transportation, the safety net of a trail guide, and a post run celebratory meal. Check out our website for more information: www.AspireAdventureRunning.com
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