Friday Day 1, Meet at the Foggy Dew Campground
Foggy Dew isn’t close to any major city. It’s a trek to get to, and runners will be glad to roll into basecamp after what’s typically a beautiful but long drive over the Cascades. We’ll have dinner and plan/prep for tomorrow runs.
Saturday Day 2, Larches and Alpine Running
After a hearty breakfast, two different runs are options for the Sawtooth trip:
15 Miler, Elevation Gain/Loss +5,248’ / -5,253‘
A short shuttle to the Foggy Dew Trail Head, climb to Cooney Lake, Sunrise Lake, and bask in fall larch’s golden glory.
30 Miler, Elevation Gain/Loss +8,048’ / -8,053‘
The 30 miler share the same climb to Cooney Lake, but continue north through Merchants Basin, to Crater Creek, Eagle Lakes, before looping back over Angles Staircase to Foggy Creek
Sunday Day 3, Breakfast and Road Trip
After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we’ll pack up and make the trek home. Typically we arrive back to Burlington/Bellingham by 2pm.
Fall alpine running in the Pacific Northwest is defined by the quest for the perfect trifecta of (1) golden larches (2) blue skies and (3) snow dusted peaks. Nowhere is this splendor more reliable than the eastern flanks of the North Cascades. With 3 distances to choose from women of all trail abilities can bask in the glory of fall running and the special community and connection that comes from the pursuit of the perfect alpine day.
This is backcountry run is staged out of the Foggy Dew Campground in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Aspire will provide a group shelter, heaters, a phone/watch/camera charging station, a portable hot shower, and lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience. Runners provide their own personal tent and sleeping system or can rent them from us.
For an additional fee Aspire will operate a shuttle that will transport runners over the Cascades and back again with pickup's in both Bellingham and Burlington. An airport pickup will be available from the Bellingham airport. Runners may also choose to drive independently to and from the Foggy Dew Campground.
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. 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.
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