Dark Divide Landing

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Welcome to The Dark Divide Trail Races (100 Miler, 50K, and 17 Mile Fun Run)

Wonderland Running is thrilled, honored, and humbled to announce the 2022 Dark Divide Trail Races! The Dark Divide 100 Miler will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, starting and finishing at the Cispus Learning Center. On Sunday, August 7, we will be holding the Dark Divide 50k and 17 Mile Fun Run, also starting and finishing at the Cispus Learning Center. These races take place in the one of the most wild and beautiful places you will ever race... the vast, rugged, and remote 70,000 acre Dark Divide Roadless Area. Expect to run one of the hardest races you will ever run as you travel on steep technical trails with very long stretches in between aid stations. Also expect to run in one of the most stunningly beautiful places you will ever run.

The Dark Divide Trail Races will take you to seldom-traveled places that are unspeakably beautiful, soul-stirringly remote, and uncommonly rugged, in the heart of the Central Washington Cascades. Located in the center of Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, the Dark Divide is a land of deep, solitary valleys filled with centuries-old trees; stunning, serrated sub-alpine ridges that are painted by wildflowers and punctuated by peaks; wild streams tumbling unfettered over waterfalls into sparkling pools; viewscapes that feel like you can touch Pahto (Mount Adams), Tahoma (Mount Rainier), and Loowit (Mount Saint Helens) with your fingers… and a treasure of glimpses into the world as it once was.

We are grateful to be hosting the start/finish and race headquarters at Cispus Learning Center near Randle, WA. These full facilities have plenty of parking and camping available for runners, right at the doorstep of the Dark Divide. There will also be RV camping and limited first come/first serve lodging through Cispus Learning Center.

These races take place upon the ancestral lands of the Cowlitz and Yakama peoples, who have lived here and cared for these lands for over 10,000 years. Wonderland Running fully supports the respect and restoration of rights of indigenous peoples from whom these lands were taken.

COVID PROTOCOLS:

With vaccines becoming widely available, we are looking forward to gathering together for this event. We have all seen races go on safely and successfully in 2021, including the inaugural running of the Dark Divide Trail Races. With that stated, it is possible that COVID protocols may still be in effect. This may include measures such as wave starts, masks at the start/finish area, contactless aid stations, no crews/pacers, and/or proof of vaccination or recent negative COVD test results. We will continue to monitor this at a race, local, regional, and national level. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation are appreciated. We went through a lot to provide these events. We need your help to make sure it happens.

Much love and light, happy trails, and we look forward to seeing you in August in the heart of the Central Washington Cascades!

~ Sean Harrasser (Wonderland Running)

Partners & Sponsors

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  • Shortt Supply Hood River Logo

Event Dates and Fees

Event100 miler50 kilometer17 miler
Event Date8/5/2022 - 8/7/20228/7/20228/7/2022
Fee Starting 12/1/2021$278.55$112.45$68.95
Fee Starting 3/1/2022$288.55$122.45$78.95
Fee Starting 6/1/2022$347.30$148.20$95.60
Registration closes for all distances 7-25-2022.

Here are the directions from Portland to the start/finish area at Cispus Learning Center:

  • Head north on I-5 to US-12 E (approximately 50 miles)- Take Exit 68 for US-12 E toward Morton/Yakima
  • Turn right onto US-12 E from the off-ramp. and head approximately 48 miles to Randle, WA
  • Once in Randle, turn right on to WA-131 S, and head south
  • After about one mile, go left at the fork on to Cispus Road
  • Continue on Cispus Road for just over 8 miles
  • At this point, Cispus Road will be a right turn at a t-junction. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 23
  • Continue on Cispus Road past Forest Service Road 29, over the bridge
  • After the bridge, turn right to stay on Cispus Road. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 28
  • Stay on Cispus Road approximately 1 mile to the Cispus Learning Center, which will be on your right

Here are the directions from Seattle to the start/finish area at Cispus Learning Center:

  • Head south on I-5 (approximately 30 miles)- Take Exit 127 for WA-512 E toward Puyallup/S. Tacoma Way
  • Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto WA-512 E (signs for Puyallup)
  • In approximately 1 mile, take the Steele Street exit and turn left onto Steele Street
  • Continue on to 116th Street S and then onto Spanaway Loop Road S for approximately 4 miles
  • Spanaway Loop Rd S turns left and becomes WA-704 E
  • In approximately 1.5 miles, turn right onto WA-7 S
  • Follow WA-7 S to US-12 E in Morton (approximately 50 miles)
  • From the junction in Morton, turn left onto US-12 E
  • Once in Randle, WA, turn right on to WA-131 S, and head south
  • After about one mile, go left at the fork on to Cispus Road
  • Continue on Cispus Road for just over 8 miles.
  • At this point, Cispus Road will be a right turn at a t-junction. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 23
  • After the bridge, turn right to stay on Cispus Road. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 28
  • Stay on Cispus Road approximately 1 mile to the Cispus Learning Center, which will be on your right

Estimated drive times: Portland, OR - 2 hours, 15 minutes- Seattle, WA - 2½ hours

Beneficiaries

Wonderland Running recognizes the honor and privilege of being able to use these beautiful lands for the Dark Divide 100 Miler. As such, it is important that we give something back to the community and to this special place. We will be donating a portion of the race proceeds to the following organizations:

All Play/Elementary Facilitation Program Cispus Learning Center has generously allowed use of their facilities for the start/finish area of the race, as well as hosting runner camping and Wonderland logistical operations. We are donating to them on behalf of Cispus Learning Center, we will be donating to the All Play/Elementary Facilitation Program, which is a K-4 program that develops inclusivity and outdoor play in childhood learning and play programs.

The White Pass Scenic Byway is a non-profit whose purpose is to promote the intrinsic assets of the Byway’s natural, historical and cultural resources, and enhance the assets and resources located along the Byway and its partner communities.

Please consider supporting these organizations.

U.S. Forest Service Notice

This event is granted by a Special Use Permit through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.