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Stehekin Running Retreat | All Women’s Adventure

September 26 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm PDT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Thursday, repeating until September 29, 2019

A Multi-Day Destination Running Retreat!

Our 2018 journey to Stehekin was so amazing that we jokingly considered only ever running this trip. It’s that good. As it is we have two trips on the books for 2019! The first will be an “Open Registration” and the second an “All Women’s trip”. Stehekin, in terms of mileage and difficulty, is one of our most flexible trip options…runners have the full day to run/hike in and out of the valley…and having arrived at the Stehekin Valley Ranch, folks can choose to spend their days getting rad in the hills or lounging by the lake. BOTH are great options.

Sequestered along the shores of Lake Chelan surrounded by the formidable peaks and crags of the North Cascades lies a valley of impressive beauty and simplicity. Stehekin is as much an ideal as it is a village set apart from the pace and “progress” of modernity. Inaccessible except by boat, plane or trail this community is a small enclave of gardens, artisans, ranchers, and others drawn to a life defined by mountains and a deep connection to place.

Course Overview
Thursday, Day 1: Meet in Burlington WA, Run into Stehekin

We meet runners at 8 am at Bob’s Burgers and Brews in Burlington WA. We divide our group in half and shuttle runners to trailheads at Cascade Pass and Rainy Pass respectively.

Cascade Pass: At the terminus of the Cascade River Road is remote trailhead leading to some of the most expansive and inspiring views of the North Cascades. A 4 mile climb of 2,000′. crests with epic views before dropping into the upper headwaters of the Stehekin River. From the pass the trail parallels the river for another 22 miles to the High Bridge Camp where runners meet a shuttle leading to the Stehekin Valley Ranch.

Rainy Pass: At Rainy Pass, the east-west divide of the Cascades, the Pacific Crest Trail serves as the most direct portal to Stehekin. Given the late season nature of this trip we are always meeting through hikers who are within days of finishing their epic journey. The trail follows the Bridge Creek drainage for 17 miles before connecting with the Stehekin Valley Road at the High Bridge Camp, here a shuttle takes in to the Stehekin Valley Ranch. Longer alternatives to this direct route include an additional 10 mile lollipop loop over Heather and Maple Pass or PCT variations that include McCalester Pass (19 miles) or a route between Bowan Mountain and Rainbow Lake (25 miles).

Friday/Saturday Day 2/3: Experience and Explore Stehekin

Once in the valley there are many options for trail running and peak bagging. One also has the option spending all or part of a day lakeside lounging, making the stop at the world famous Stehekin bakery, and exploring the many historical sites in the valley. We intentionally added a day to this trip to give runners the option to experience both the running and leisure elements of exploring the valley.

Sunday, Day 4: Run to Cascade or Rainy Pass. Shuttle Back to Burlington WA

After a last hearty breakfast we catch the 8am shuttle back to High Bridge Camp. Here our group re-divides for the second half of the “horseshoe” run out to Cascade or Rainy Pass. An Aspire shuttle will bring runners back to Burlington, WA. Generally arriving between 5-7pm.

This trip begins and ends in Burlington, WA. The running route is essentially a “horseshoe” style point to point with the Stehekin Valley Ranch in the middle. Aspire will run shuttles from to/from each trailhead. Once in Stehekin the National Park Service and the Stehekin Valley Ranch provide shuttles to specific trailheads. If we have sufficient demand from out of town runners we can organize a shuttle to and from the SeaTac Airport.

Running to Stehekin means hot showers, home cooked meals, and sleeping in comfortable beds. We’ve made great friends with the folks at the Stehekin Valley Ranch who provide our food and lodging. The Ranch offers home cooked meals and both furnished cabins and rustic tent cabins. For more info on accommodations check out the Ranch’s website here: Stehekin Valley Ranch.

We want to encourage more women getting into wild places, blazing their own trails, and sharing the ups, downs, twists, and turns of their journey. While the narrative has long been about the lone, often male, explorer pitting himself against the elements, we look forward to new narratives and stories created and shared from wild women.

Learn more.

All Women’s Trips are a celebration of community and connection shared among women who love playing in the mountains. Each stunningly beautiful trip is enhanced by the uniquely awesome vibe of ladies-only adventures.

Wonderland Circumnavigation: 95 Miles, 3-Day Stage. August 14-17, 2019
Stehekin: 50 Miles, 4-day Stage/Retreat. September 26-29, 2019
Sawtooth Backcountry, Weekend Wilderness, October 11-13

Scholarships are intended to support individual female athletes venturing into wild spaces. Our hope is that as scholarship recipients share their stories of adventure they will contribute to an inspiring and growing narrative of female-focused wilderness exploits.

Scholarships Include:
A Free entry on one of Aspire’s Women’s trips: Wonderland, Stehekin, or Sawtooth Backcountry
2 months of personalized coaching from Dasher Performance

Gear from our sponsors:
Lilly Trotters….
Personalized, leather-bound Adventure Journal from Pine Daisy House

Who Should Apply
We are deeply interested in the personal stories of our applicants and we are seeking individuals who are able and excited to share their story of adventures with others. We encourage a diverse field of applicants in terms of age, race, experience, and backgrounds. Applicants need not have overcome any specific hardship or have a deeply compelling story, a desire and a passion to explore is sufficient!

By applying you are joining a network of women who are passionate about elevating the visibility of women adventure athletes. Even if you don’t think you are a “competitive” applicant, we want to hear from you. We invite ALL female athletes and adventurers to sign up and follow the adventure. Applying is deliberate act of joining a community of women who love to explore and move through wilderness spaces. Signup and follow the stories of your fellow females.

Application Process
Initial applications will be accepted between May 1st through May 19th.
From the initial application pool, 3 finalists for each trip will be selected and invited to submit a one page essay on: How moving through wild spaces is empowering to me as a woman.
These essays will be due on May 26th.
Winners will be announced on June 1st.

One application per person.
Applicants must be female and 18 years of age or older.
All scholarship entrants agree to receive promotional materials from Aspire and partners.
Each of the 9 finalists who are selected agree to make their essays public.
Scholarship recipients agree to contribute updates, including photos, from their training and trip experiences to be shared on Aspire’s and partners social media channels.


September 26 @ 8:00 am
September 29 @ 5:00 pm
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Bob’s Burgers & Brew Burlington
9394 Old Hwy 99 North Rd
Burlington, WA 98233 United States
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