Deception Pass State Park, WA

Avg Temps f.


Gain/Loss in ft


Highest Elev.

~460 feet





Time Limit

8 hours



Furthest Aid

7.3 miles

Summary: The race covers pretty much all of Deception Pass State Park, and it twice crosses the historic Deception Pass Bridge which sits about 180 feet above the water. Unlike other Rainshadow Running races, there are no mountains or long climbs, but it’s still a tough race with technical footing, narrow, twisty trails and at times steep grades, and relentless ups and downs along the way.

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • You will need a Discover Pass to park in Deception Pass State Park
  • Recommended to carry your own cup, as aid stations will have minimal disposable cups
  • Crowded early with single track starting shortly after the race, so get out in front if you want to move fast
  • Likely to have rain and mud with this time of year, making the technical single track a littler harder
  • Some inclines are not steep enough to walk but steep enough that it takes more work to run them. Course is fairly runnable, especially by Rainshadow Running standards.
  • Second half of the race includes 2 loops of runnable forest
  • People fall often on this course!
  • Choose your gear and layers wisely with it being likely cold, rainy, and windy
  • You share some sections of the course with other runners as you pass each other heading in and out of loops
  • They are strict about cutoffs, mainly because it gets dark so early and they don’t want runners on the course without a headlamp


Total gain/loss: ~4300/~4300

Total climbs: 2x~430ft, 2x300ft, ~13x200ft, countless smaller climbs

Longest climb: 445 feet from miles 7.5-9

Steepest climb: 430 feet from mile 12-12.5

Map/Elevation profile

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 5

Furthest distance apart: 7.3 miles

Locations: Bowman  Bay  (miles 5.5 & 7.3) and Cornet (miles 14.6, 21.4, and 28.2.)

What’s available: Water, potato chips, PB&J, fresh fruit (oranges, bananas, grapes), chocolate/candy, GU gels and GU Brew, and various types of soda.

Crew access

Access Locations: Cornet (miles 14.6, 21.4, and 28.2.)

Crew instructions/directions: To get to the start/finish area at West Point Amphitheater, use these directions.  Driving directions to the Cornet Aid Station.  



Race qualifiers

2 UTMB Points

Race reports

Stephanie G’s 25k 2017 Race Report

Strava activities and GPX files

Race Website