2024 Backcountry Rise



2024 Backcountry Rise

5k, 10k, Other


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 northern blast zone side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument provides an unforgettably unique, remote and beautiful 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 trail loop courses: a 50K and Half Marathon on Saturday, a 20 miler on Sunday! The 50K and 20 miler offer big climbs, sweeping descents and stunning ridgeline views of the surrounding Cascade Volcanoes. The Half Marathon is the classic loop around Coldwater Lake. High mountain lakes, rushing creeks and abundant wildlife dot the landscape, including resident mountain goats, elk, deer, bear, cougar, soaring raptors and many more. 

Land Acknowledgement: We recognize that we gather for this event on the traditional, unceded lands of the Cowlitz people who have occupied and stewarded these lands for countless generations. We respect their right to self-determination and their sacred connection to these lands and waters.




Saturday, August 17, 2024


19000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA