Join us as we hike water into aid station #2 (Toutle River) and #4 (Ape Canyon) on the Volcanic 50 course. This race course is remote and vehicles cannot drive to any of the aid stations. This is the how we stock the aid station for the race.
We’ll meet at the Marble Mountain Sno Park and load up our packs with jugs of water and divide into two teams. Then we’ll drive to the trail heads and hike 5 miles up to the aid stations. After we return to our cars, we’ll have some tasty treats and drinks.
To make this a little more fun, we will weigh each person before they load up with water and after their pack is full and calculate the ratio of water carried to body weight. Whoever has the most will win an entry into this or next year’s race. AND, every Sherpa will receive a special Sherpa shirt.
Please bring a backpacking-sized pack. Trekking poles can be helpful.
This day is always a lot of fun and we promise you’ll use muscles you didn’t know you had.
- Take Exit 21 – Woodland/Cougar
- Go east on Highway 503 South (which turns into 503 Spur) for 28.5 miles to the town of Cougar.
- Travel 6.6 miles from Cougar and turn left onto Road 83 – towards Lava Canyon/Ape Caves/Climbers Bivouac.
- Travel an additional 3 miles and continue straight on 83 — passing the turn off to Climbers Bivouac.
- Travel an additional 3 miles to the Marble Mountain Sno Park
A Northwest Forest Pass is needed at Ape Canyon and not available for sale at the trailhead, so get one before leaving town. Passes are not needed at Marble Mountain Sno Park or the Blue Lake trailhead.