High Pass Challenge Ride Details


Cost: $75-$85   Rider Limit: 500


Member Canceled for 2022 $75 --
Non-member -- $85 --


Packet Mailing
  • All packets purchased by August 7 will be mailed. Check your address associated with your cascade.org account.

  • Registration closes on August 11. There is no registration available at the start line. You must register online in advance.

  • Mailing price is included in the registration fee.


To be announced...



Start & Finish line

1896 Homestead Campground, 111 Huntington Rd.  off Hwy 12 in Packwood, WA.

Parking opens at 6 a.m.

Start line open from 7 to 8 a.m. 


At the start line - 1896 Homestead - No showers - $20 (cash), no advance registration needed. Camping check-in is Saturday 2 to 8 p.m.

Other campsites in Packwood - http://www.packwoodrv.com/


  • 6:00 a.m. - Packet pickup opens. NO registration available.
  • 7:00 a.m. - Start Line opens
  • 8:00 a.m. - Start Line closes
  • 1:00 p.m. - Finish Line opens
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Included post-ride picnic lunch
  • 5:00 p.m. - Finish Line closes

Packet Pickup

Did your packet go missing? Did you register too late to have it mailed? Stop by the start line tent and we'll get you a new one.

  • Look for the green Cascade tent in the Homestead parking lot.
  • Open 6:00-8:00 a.m. 
  • Pre-registered riders may pick up their rider packets on the day of the event.

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 7:00 am. 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 am (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 7:00 am 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 5:00 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 - 2019 

Tick sheet - 2019

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. They have gluten free and vegetarian options.

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 three 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 6:00 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. A mechanic will be there to help with any bicycle problems, 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
United States