High Pass Challenge Ride Details

Event date: 
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:00am


RegistrationStart/Finish line


Cost: $80-85    Rider Limit: 600

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Online registration open
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. - Cutoff for paper forms and deadline to purchase packet mailing
Thrusday, Aug. 23, 2018, 11:59 p.m. - Online registration closes.
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018,  6-8 a.m. - Day-of registration available. See information below.


Adult Registration (Age 13+)
  • $80 member price / $85 non-member price
Youth Registration (Ages 1-12)
  • $80 member price / $85 non-member price


  • Packet Mailing - $5
*Can be purchased during or after registration. NOTE: some add-on's have cutoff dates and are subject to availability


Packet Mailing
  • Rider packets will not be mailed unless optional packet mailing is purchased ($5)
  • If you have purchased optional packet mailing ($5) your rider packet will be mailed to you approximately one week before the ride
  • Please ensure that your mailing address is listed correctly on your online account to avoid any delays
  • If your packet was mailed and has not arrived by ride day, please check in at our registration booth at the start line. We will be able to look up your registration and get you a replacement bib no problem
Day-of Packet Pickup
  • On the day-of the ride at the specified start line.


Scholarships are available for High Pass Challenge registration. To request scholarship aid, please CLICK HERE and complete the form. Scholarship application closes Wednesday, August 15, 2018.


  • Paper registration forms must be received by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
  • Paper registration includes a $5 surcharge. Form available TBA.



Start - Finish line

1896 Homestead Campground, 111 Huntington Rd.  off Hwy 12 in Packwood, WA - start line open from 7 to 8 a.m. Parking opens at 6 a.m.


At the start line - 1896 Homestead - No showers - $20 (cash) no advance registration needed. Camping check-in is Sunday 2 to 8 p.m.
Other campsites in Packwood - http://www.packwoodrv.com/


  • 6 a.m. - Packet pickup and registration opens
  • 7 a.m. - Start Line opens
  • 8 a.m. - Start Line closes
  • 1 p.m. - Finish Line opens
  • 1 - 5:30 p.m. - Free post-ride picnic lunch
  • 5 p.m. Finish Line Closes

Day-of-Ride Registration

  • Look for the green Cascade tent in the Homestead parking lot.
  • Open 6-8 a.m.
  • Day-of-ride registration is only available if the event does not sell out.
  • Day-of-ride registration includes a $10 surcharge over the online registration price.

Packet Pickup

  • Look for the green Cascade tent in the Homestead parking lot.
  • Open 6-8 a.m. 
  • Pre-registered riders may pick up their rider packets on the day of the event.
  • If you paid the extra $5 to have your packet mailed and has not arrived by event day, please check in at the packet pick up area of the start line.

Timing to the Top

The HPC ride will again be timed to the top at Windy Ridge based on the time of day you reach the top with all riders have a start time of 7 a.m.  Post event we will post riders times on the website so you can have bragging rights among your friends. The best time to the top is 9:38 a.m. (that is 2:38 min.) this was set in 2014.

Ribbons awarded based on the time of day you get to the top - all times based on a 7 a.m. start. 

  • 10:30 a.m. Gold Ribbon 
  • 10:31 - 11:30 a.m. Silver Ribbon 
  • 11:31 -  1:00 p.m. Bronze Ribbon 
  • All riders must be back to the finish line by 5 p.m. to receive their awards.

Route information 

HPC full route ride

104 Miles – 7,500 feet elevation - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4571160 
Riders get timed to the top, finisher award and medal, picnic lunch, food stops and road support.

PDF of Map

Tick sheet

HPC by the numbers

  • 104 miles
  • ~7,500  feet of climbing
  • 10-hour time limit
  • 3 food stops 

Dinner & breakfast

Hungry riders, take note. Cruisers Pizza just east of the start line will be open for a great pre-ride meal the night before.

Driving directions

From I-5 twelve miles south of Centralia take US 12 east for 64 miles to Packwood. Approximate driving time from Seattle is 3 hours.


Located at the Start/Finish Line - 1896 Homestead on Huntington Rd. off of Hwy 12. The cost is $5. All proceeds benefit the local community. Opens morning of the ride 6 a.m.

What to expect on the High Pass Challenge route

Man riding up a mountain at the 2016 HPCThe High Pass Challenge follows a spectacular, but very challenging route. Expect incredible views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and of course, of Mt. St. Helens. As opposed to Johnston Ridge, Windy Ridge offers close-up views of the blast zone. One gets a real feel for the destruction wrought by the 1980 eruption, especially when peering down at Spirit Lake on the way up to the viewpoint. If you are planning on riding in this Cascade event, you're in for a real treat! The ride begins along Highway 12, with the first 17 miles to Randle on a gradually downhill, smoothly paved road with a very wide shoulder. Expect light traffic but occasional logging trucks. Randle is the low altitude point of the trip at 880 feet. Heading south on the smooth blacktop of NF 25, there's a warm-up climb at 19 miles into the ride. It's only 1.2 miles long with 400 feet of climbing, but the first half mile or so has an average grade of 8.3%; so that should get you in the mood for what follows.

At 26.5 miles, look for the first food stop at the Iron Creek Picnic area. Performance Bicycle will be there to help with any mechanical problems, and in addition to the standard food stop snacks and beverages. The stop is in a pretty spot shaded by large trees. As a matter of fact, once you head south from Randle, almost the entire route is in the shade until the Windy Ridge climb. Even with very light traffic, we recommend wearing bright clothing and using a rear blinker light so you’re more visible in the low light. You should also consider using a lighter sunglass lens.

Fuel up at Iron Creek, because you’ll be climbing for most of the next 26 miles. Right out of the rest stop, a climb ascends 1400’ in the first 6.8 miles. You then get a few moments to relax on a quarter-mile flat section before starting up NF 99 to Windy Ridge. After you turn onto 99, be sure to drop by the mini food stop for water and a banana.

After 2700 feet of additional climbing, you’ll arrive at the next food stop on the usually very windy Windy Ridge. If you’re keeping track, that’s total of 4100 feet of climbing since the Iron Creek Food Stop.

Don’t linger too long at Windy Ridge, though, because your job is not finished. There is actually 1200 feet of climbing required to go back over Independence Pass and retrace the route back to the Iron Creek Food Stop.

The descent from Windy Ridge is quite technical, and even though 99 has a smooth surface, there are patches of rough road. Please be extremely careful! And, once you’re on NF 25, you’re back into the shade headed downhill, so be extra cautious here too.

Once the road returns you to Iron Creek, it’s time to fuel up for the last 24 miles of your ride. As you leave Iron Creek you will be heading back to Randle the same way you came in on NF 25. Once back to Randle you will be on the wide shoulder of HWY 12. This is relatively flat and typically has a tail wind later in the day to push you back the finish line.


1896 Homestread
111 Huntington Rd
Packwood, WA 98361