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Running in Washington – Take On The Trails Of The Evergreen State

Welcome to Washington State, a runner’s paradise brimming with breathtaking landscapes, diverse terrain, and a vibrant running community. From the rugged peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the picturesque shores of the Pacific Ocean, this dynamic state offers a myriad of running opportunities for all skill levels. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you as you embark on exhilarating trail runs, scenic road races, and immersive running retreats. Whether you seek the tranquility of serene forests, the challenge of mountain trails, or the energy of bustling cities, Washington State has it all.

When To Run in Washington State

Washington State boasts a climate that caters to year-round running adventures. Spring awakens the vibrant colors of wildflowers, offering mild temperatures and refreshing runs through lush forests and blooming meadows. Summer invites you to explore the stunning trails of the Cascade Mountains, where cool alpine air and majestic views accompany your runs. Fall envelops the landscape with a tapestry of golden hues, providing the perfect backdrop for invigorating runs amidst crisp air and falling leaves. In winter, embrace the magic of snow-covered trails or seek lower elevation routes along the coast, enjoying milder temperatures and captivating ocean views. No matter the season, Washington State beckons runners to discover its awe-inspiring beauty.

The Must-Run Spots in Washington State

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Washington State’s must-run spots, where nature’s wonders and urban landscapes intertwine. Begin your adventure in Seattle, a bustling city known for its vibrant running culture. Explore the iconic trails of Discovery Park, where lush forests meet breathtaking views of the Puget Sound.

For a trail running escapade, venture to the Olympic National Park, where dense rainforests, alpine meadows, and rugged coastline beckon. Traverse the majestic Wonderland Trail encircling Mount Rainier, immersing yourself in awe-inspiring vistas and challenging terrain. For a taste of urban charm combined with natural beauty, head to Spokane, where the Centennial Trail winds along the scenic Spokane River, offering a delightful mix of urban scenery and tranquil nature.

Don’t miss the enchanting San Juan Islands, where you can run amidst idyllic island landscapes and enjoy stunning waterfront views. Washington State’s running destinations promise unforgettable experiences that showcase the state’s diverse and captivating beauty.

Run Travel Events in Washington State – 2023

Washington Running Holidays


Aspire Adventure Running – Goat Rocks Stage – Aug 17 – 19, 2023 & Aug 18 – 20, 2023

50 miles, 2 days, one amazing run adventure on the remnants of an ancient volcano between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. Though extinct now for two million years, the remnants of an ancient volcano known as Goat Rocks are as impressive as they’ve ever been. Though slightly worn from erosion, the resulting sculpted landscape of meadows, lakes, and peaks is a runner’s paradise.


Aspire Adventure Running – North Cascades Traverse – Sept 7 – 9, 2023

80 miles, 3 days, and a crossing of the entirety of North Cascades National Park, a rugged mountain range defined by its rocky spires, glacier-cut valleys, ancient trees, and temperate rain forests. Enjoy darting through a network of trails that parallels rivers and creeks and runs by waterfalls as you undertake this east-west crossing of the whole park.

Washington Running Camps


Aspire Adventure Running – Nooksack Ridgelines – Aug 24 – 27, 2023

8-34 miles, 4 days, and a beautiful experience in the North Cascades as you run up to rugged peaks, by expansive glaciers, and on miles of single track trails.

This Washington running camp kicks off at the Excelsior Camp on the Nooksack River, which is filled to the brim with glacial snowmelt from Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Over three days, you’ll run along three ridgelines that’ll push you to your limits, with distances between 8-30 miles. In the evenings you’ll unwind as you share meals, drinks, and good times.


Aspire Adventure Running – Three Devils Family Rendezvous – Sept 2 – 4, 2023

14-26 miles, 3 days, and a family-friendly camp setting that still lets you get your long run in. On the running side, you’ll have a trio of mountain runs to choose from that begin and end at Diablo Lake. Choose from Sourdough, Desolation, and Ruby summits for a different experience.

Then it’s back to camp, where nature-based age-appropriate activities are great for children, youth, and teens alike. The Aspire staff take care of the evening meals so you can enjoy the weekend with your family and the others in this unique mountain setting.

Aspire Adventure Running – Territory Run Camp – Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2023

As the calendar and the seasons change to fall, trail runners migrate to the mountains. Take advantage of the cooler temps, beautiful leaves, and crisp air for a weekend focused on running and on runners. In this weekend run camp, you’ll be based at a lodge to set you up for days of challenging, impressive runs and evenings sharing meals and laughs.

Washington Running Retreats


Aspire Adventure Running – Sucia Island – May 19 – May 21, 2023

Explore the jewel of the San Juan Islands and get ready for summer in this beautiful Washington running retreat.

This is a weekend that sets you up for a dreamy summer. Run single-track trails to remote beaches, soak in expansive vistas, and hang out with the best kinds of people (runners) at nightly bonfires. Beyond the running, there’ll be paddle boards, kayaks, beach yoga, tide pools, and more to explore.


Aspire Adventure Running – Cypress Island Rendezvous – July 28 – 30, 2023

5-20 miles, 3 days, and the perfect midsummer weekend for runs, camping, and relaxation on Cypress Island in the San Juans. Get ready for sunsets, bonfires, beaches, and a gold mine of single track trails on one of the most pristine islands in the San Juans.


Aspire Adventure Running – Sawtooth Backcountry – Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2023

Take on a challenging 15, 20, or 30-mile run in a beautiful alpine setting then enjoy relaxation, yoga, and great company in this women’s only running retreat.

This long run is defined by Aspire Adventure’s quest for the perfect trifecta of fall alpine running in the Pacific Northwest: golden larches, blue skies, and snow-dusted peaks. Savor all three in the North Cascades in this retreat designed for women of all trail abilities to enjoy the glory of fall running and the community and connection that comes from chasing after that glorious fall alpine day.

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