Welcome to a majestic backcountry rising from the ashes of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. With its sapphire lakes, rugged, toothy peaks, and wildflower-blanketed slopes, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry north of Mt. St. Helens 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. The Backcountry Rise Trail Runs include three different challenging and remote loop courses: a 50K and a 20 miler.

Upcoming Races

Sep 7 2019
50 KM
Single loop offering seemingly endless breathtaking views in every direction along the entire course. Runners will be treated to incredible panoramic views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood, as well as the majestic Mt. Margaret Backcountry and its many lakes, creeks, craggy ridgelines and miles and miles of sweet single-track trails.
8,100 8,100 ft.
Single Loop Course
3 Aid Stations
9 :00 Cutoff
Mountainous, >12,500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts


Date Distance Total Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
09/01/18 50 KM 150 4:56:43 5:46:33
09/09/17 50 KM 68 4:49:50 5:44:36
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.

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