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High Pass Challenge

August 12 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 7:00 am on day second of August, repeating until August 14, 2023

The 600 riders on HPC will embark on a challenging event, leading them through the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Starting from Packwood, Washington, cyclists will climb over 7,500 feet in elevation gain over 104 miles. The halfway point is at scenic Windy Ridge, overlooking the Mount St. Helen’s blast zone. this event will be timed to the top and results will be posted online post event.

Medals are awarded at the Finish Line Festival based on how quickly riders make it to the top of Windy Ridge. This is done based on a 7 a.m. start time for ALL riders. If you start at 7:30 a.m. the timing still reflects a 7 a.m. start.

HPC is a strenuous mountain ride that climbs over Independence Pass, then winds past scenic Spirit Lake on the way to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint in the Mt. St. Helens National Monument area. The use of this pristine route was made possible by a special arrangement with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens National Monument. This is a ride you don’t want to miss!

Beginning and ending in Packwood, Washington, the High Pass Challenge route uses low traffic paved national forest roads to explore the natural beauty that makes Washington special. Riders get timed to the top. Based on your timed result to the top you earn a finisher’s medal. Every rider receives a finishers gift, picnic lunch, food stops and road support.

This is one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth, so enjoy the ride!

6 a.m. – Packet pickup and registration opens
7 a.m. – Start Line opens
8 a.m. – Start Line closes
1 p.m. – Finish Line opens
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Free post-ride picnic lunch
5 p.m. Finish Line Closes

Timing to the Top
The HPC ride will again be timed to the top at Windy Ridge based on the time of day you reach the top with all riders have a start time of 7 a.m. Post event we will post riders times on the website so you can have bragging rights among your friends. The best time to the top is 9:38 a.m. (that is 2:38 min.) this was set in 2014.

Medals awarded based on the time of day you get to the top – all times based on a 7 a.m. start.

10:30 a.m. Gold Ribbon Medal
10:31 – 11:30 a.m. Silver Ribbon Medal
11:31 – 2:00 p.m. Bronze Ribbon Medal
All riders must be back to the finish line by 5 p.m. to receive their awards.


August 12
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1896 Homestead
111 Huntington Rd
Packwood, OR 98361 United States
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