Event Date: 9/24/2016
Baker Lake Washington
Start Time 9:00:am
CHECK IN TIME 6:00 am to 7:00 am
(Kulshan Campground – Finish Area)
Buses leave 7:30 to 8:00 amBaker Lake Classic 25k occurs in a beautiful serene fall setting. Stands of giant old growth trees draped in lichen and covered in moss are some of the highlights along this trail. This trail leads into a majestic stand of douglas fir that regrew after Mt. Baker erupted and started a forest fire in 1843. You can still see the burned snags of the cedar trees that once dominated the area. From north to south, the trail contours the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake, offering glimpses of Mt. Baker. All along the trail spot western trillium, twinflower, foamflower, coralroot and twisted Stalk.
The Baker Lake Classic 25k is a 15.6 mile trail run through the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. We anticipate the race filling long before day of race. Race registration includes transportation to the race start, aid stations, awards and lots of good food and beverages at the finish. If any Race shirts are left they can be purchased for during the bib pickup prior to loading on the bus.
Registration is exclusively on Ultra Signup. (follow this link)
$50 – Adult (now through September 14th)
$20 – Event Shirt
$40 – Fleece Jacket
$15 – Trucker Hat
Unisex shirts are available in sizes, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, & X-Large.
Shirts, jackets & hats will be ordered by 8/15, if shirts are available after that date they will be sold on a 1st come 1st served basis.
Bib numbers will be assigned on 9/23. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY
*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no refunds, transfers, or deferrals.
The race starts at the end of Baker Lake Road at Baker Lake Trail #606. Trail #606 is a wide path approximately .6 miles. Runners begin their 13.3 mile trip along Baker Lake Trail #610, crossing the Baker River Suspension Bridge (.6 miles) on the north end, various small creeks, slippery bridges and a large log with a handy cable to help you cross Anderson Creek (12 miles). At the end of trail #610 runners will finish their last 1.6 miles on Baker Dam Road (14 Miles), to the Upper Baker Dam on the south end, to complete the 25k. The race finishes in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Kulshan Campground, where campers can enjoy a free campsite the night before or after the run.
The 13.3 mile long, single track trail meanders along the east side of Baker Lake with short trips into deep, old growth forest. The trail is rolling, with countless rises and descents, and turns along the hillside. mossy, slippery footbridges are strategically placed to wake the runner from any lapse in concentration. Fresh fallen multicolored maple leaves cover the landscape. Tricky steps across log bridges, and views from bridges over cascading streams, can invite pictures and side trips along the lake.
Google Maps link: Baker Lake Classic 25k
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING:
This course begins at the far north end of Baker Lake Road (FS-11) (about 26 miles from Highway 20). If participants choose to park in this parking lot: they will need a forest service pass and organize a ride back to their car after the race is over. These participants must pickup their packet from the finish area (Kulshan Campground) prior to going to the start. Buses will carry participants only and will depart the finish area: Kulshan Campground between 7:30 & 8:00 a.m. for the race start at north end of the trail. Runners may leave bags with extra clothing at the start. Bags will be unloaded at the race finish.
DIRECTIONS TO BUS PICK-UP & FINISH AREA:
– Take I-5 Exit 232 (Cook Road) and head east to Sedro Woolley
– After ~4 miles, go through 2 roundabouts and make a left to enter Highway 20
– Proceed east on Hwy 20 for ~17 miles (just past milepost 82), then turn left onto Baker Lake Road (heading north)
– Drive for ~14 miles, turn right onto Baker Dam Road (USFS 1106) (look for sign that says Baker Lake Dam, Kulshan Campground on the right side of the road)
– Drive for 1.4 miles to the Kulshan Campground parking area (1/4 mile before Baker Lake Dam)
– Parking at Kulshan Campground is free, no fees or passes needed to park here
DIRECTIONS TO THE START:
– Drive 1.4 miles back to Baker Lake Road from the finish/parking area
– Turn right (heading north) on Baker Lake Road
– Stay on this road for approximately 12 miles. Just past the Baker Lake Resort, the road will turn to dirt and eventually dead end at the Baker River Trail head
– Participants please plan on using the bus service to the start
– WE WILL NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION BACK TO THE START AREA AFTER THE RACE
– There is plenty of parking at the start for family friends and participants cars, if you have a ride to pick up your car after the race, you will need a forest service pass to park in this parking lot.
I am sorry because of the single track trail and the amount of participants on the course we do not allow dogs to run on the course with participants.
Packet pick-up the morning of the race at the start line.
Runners must be able to finish the race within 5 hours, an average 19 minute pace. There is no way to drop out of the race, no connecting roads, (unless you decide to swim across the lake). Once you start the race you must finish the race!
Due to how remote the trail is the 2 aid stations on the trail will only have water. The only way to get to the aid stations is by trail access or by boat.
Start – Snacks water and electrolyte drink, portable toilets & heated tents
Noisy Creek Aid Station (Mile ~ 5) – Water only
Maple Grove Aid Station (Mile ~10.5) – Water only
Finish Area – Hamburgers, Vegie Burgers, Soup, Variety of chips, snacks, soda, water, electrolyte replacement drink, and other beverages
AWARDS & DIVISIONS:
– 25K finishers Medallion
– The 1st male and female in each division will receive the coveted Baker Bear
– Sauk Mountain Pottery soup bowls and coffee mugs will be given out as random prizes.
– Open Division (39 and under)
– Masters Division (40 to 59)
– Seniors Division (60 and over)
LODGING & CAMPING:
Kulshan Campground (located at Finish), owned by Puget Sound Energy. All runners, their families and friends are welcome to stay at the campground for free. There is no electricity or water at the campsites, but there are heated restrooms with electricity and water. There are no showers. Bring your RV, tent, or car to sleep in. There are picnic tables, fire rings, and a RV dump station. Fabulous views, hiking, fishing, and boating are some of the outdoor recreation activities available. You can’t make reservations at the campground, so please don’t try. PSE allows us to use their campground, restrooms, and property to hold our race and we want to keep the great relationship we have with them. Last year there was plenty of room for everyone that wanted to camp, but to be on the safe side arrive early to pick your spot, 1st come 1st served!
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Three Rivers Inn (30 minutes from race)
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