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Mt. Spokane 26K Challenge



17.0 mile 27.3 kilometer loop
84% Runnable


Ascent: 3,260' 994 m
Descent: -3,276' -999 m
High: 5,823' 1,775 m
Low: 3,083' 940 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Dave Dutro

The challenging and popular Mt. Spokane vertical challenge consists of a 10k, 25k (fun run), 26K challenge and 50K.

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We incorporated more of the state park, including a decent down to the Bear Creek Lodge. Climbs include Mt. Spokane, Day Mountain, Mt Kit Carson, and Quartz mountain. From the top, you take a new route across the top of the mountain so we can avoid the paved section of the Summit Road.


Starting at the Selkirk Lodge at Mount Spokane, runners will hit the singletrack on Trail 131 starting their climb to the eventual summit at the vista house. Continuing on to Trail 132 heading slightly north and taking a right-hand turn on Trail 130, at this point the runners have rolling terrain.

After approximately 2 miles, the runners will take a hard left continuing up the ski mountain. This is very steep and loose terrain so watch your footing. Eventually, the runners will come out at the top of Mount Spokane; this is where your first aid station is located.

From here, runners will descend down Trail 140 all the way to the saddle junction. This is the second aid station. Continuing on the upper kit Carson Loop Road. Runners will run to Trail 130 and climb to the top of Day Mountain continuing on Trail 162 with a traverse to the top of Kit Carson mountain and then eventually descend back down to the saddle junction for another aid station.

From here, this is when the quads are going to start to hurt. You'll descend the rest of the way down on Trail 140 all the way to Bear Creek Lodge crossing pavement—please be mindful as the cars will not stop for you; it is your responsibility to manage your own safety at this point.

Bear Creek Lodge is the last aid station before you'll start the climb up the wall. Trail 120 has been named the wall because that's exactly what it feels like it is a very long ascent all the way back up to Selkirk Lodge and the finish.

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Local Club: Trail Maniacs

Land Manager: WSP - Mount Spokane State Park

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Its cold outside! Starting the hike to the top of Mt. Spokane.
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This race has some climbing!
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