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.
The journey actually begins in your car on the gravel, windy road that leads you up one of the highest roads in Washington to Hart’s Pass and the PCT trailhead. This is where the real adventure begins…in the beautiful alpine meadows, rugged ridges and mountain peaks of the Paysayten Wilderness.
Follow the PCT north for about 18 miles to the junction with Rock Creek Trail #473. This section of the PCT offers incredible views and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers.
Follow the Rock Creek trail for 7-8 miles. This trail is not as well traveled as the PCT so keep an eye out for the trail as it crosses numerous streams and meadows.
Turn Right at the junction with TR #478/498 (Buckskin Ridge) and continue to follow the Buckskin Ridge Trail #498 for the remaining 16 miles. This high ridge trail passes by two beautiful mountain lakes and offers amazing views across the Middle Fork of the Pasayten River and the impressive peaks just beyond.
The trail dumps you out at the Slate Pass Trailhead just above where you started. Simply walk ¼ mile down the road to your car back at the PCT Trailhead.
This route can be done in either direction.
Take Hwy 20 to Mazama,WA. Go Northwest past Mazama on the Lost River Road for 7.5 miles. Continue for 13 miles on the gravel Forest Service Road 5400 (Hart’s Pass RD) to Hart’s Pass. At Hart’s Pass turn right and pass the guard station cabin and drive uphill a mile or two to the PCT trailhead—to the left of the first switchback. The Hart’s pass road is a windy, gravel road not suitable for trailers. Camping is available at the Hart’s Pass Campground.
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