July 17 - 18, 2021

Backcountry Rise

Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center

Toutle, WA 50 Miler, 50K, 20 Miler

Registration closes: Fri, Jul 9 @ 11:59PM


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 includes three different challenging and remote loop courses: a 50 miler, 50K and 20 miler. 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 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 caldera, the venue offers a family-friendly base camp location.

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

50 Miler

The 50 Miler is on Saturday, July 17th, starting at 6:00AM. The course consists of two different clockwise loops on 99% backcountry singletrack.

Total elevation gain is 11,800ft and loss is 11,800ft. This is a very challenging and often remote course. Prior mountain ultra experience is required. Six aid stations are offered.


The 50K is on Saturday, July 17th starting at 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.

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, July 18th starting at 8:00AM. The course consists of one big clockwise loop and 4,800ft of gain and 4,800ft of loss. 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.

Required Experience & Gear

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

Completion of at least one mountain 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).

GEAR: Refer to the race website for required gear

About Daybreak Racing

Daybreak Racing presents unique Pacific NW trail running races including Tillamook Burn 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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