The Rattler Trail Runs

April 19, 2014: Pipestone Canyon, Winthrop, WA

4-mi, 9-mi, and Half-Marathon

Day of Race Registration: 7:30-8:30am

Take your pick from three different distances (4 mile, 9 mile, and 1/2 marathon) in the spectacular Pipestone Canyon of the Methow Valley for a morning of running enjoyment. Oriented on the southeastern side of the valley, Pipestone boasts early spring snow melt and soft, flowing singletrack trails, perfect for your first racing foray of the year. 

Beautiful views of the Cascades and Sawtooth Wilderness abound on the course.

Beautiful views of the Cascades and Sawtooth Wilderness abound on the course.

Course Information:
Four-mile: a mix of singletrack and doubletrack, this loop has a couple of rolling hills in and out of the forest, with about 300 feet of climbing. See the course on this map.

Nine-mile: this loop starts going down Pipestone Canyon. You'll refuel at the well-stocked aid station about four miles in, then start a long climb up Pipestone ridge, with some steep climbs and lots of snow-capped mountain views. There is about 1700 feet of climbing and some technical trails. If you are familiar with the race, this is the opposite direction (counter-clockwise).

Half-marathon: put the two loops together (four-mile first) into a figure eight and get about 2000 feet of climbing.

Find 2013 results here.

Other Information:

See below for important driving updates!!!!

New to trail running or not sure how to work up to completing a certain distance? Check out how our coaching plans can help you achieve a new goal.

The weather in April is often like the pictures below: warm and sunny. The day after these pictures were taken, however, it was raining, so be prepared for everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The North Cascades Mountain Hostel is a great spot to stay pre-race and not break the bank. Check them out!

We're excited to have La Sportiva on board as a sponsor. We'll have two pair of shoes to give away, as well as some shwag from our other sponsors: Clif Shot, Winthrop Mountain Sports, and Helly Hansen.

Food from the Rocking Horse Bakery as well as sandwich fixin's will be available after the race for all participants. Awards will be given for under 18, open (18-49), and super-masters (50+).

Want to run for free? Bring a volunteer! Email alison(at) if you or a friend/family member can help make this fun event possible. Most volunteer slots are for less than an hour.

Entry Fees:                                     Race Day Schedule:  

4-mile: $20                                     7:30-8:30am Bib pick-up and Race day registration     

9-mile: $30                                     8:50am Race Briefing

1/2 marathon: $40                           9:00am Race Start  

Notes:                                              11:30am Awards/Raffle        

Under 18 race fees $10 less.                                                                   

All fees go up $5 April 11.

Online registration closes April 16th.                                                                                            


Driving Directions to the Start (allow 25 minutes):

From Winthrop, go East on Hwy 20 and straight on East County Rd (just before the highway crosses the Methow River) for about 1.5 miles. Turn LEFT on Davis Lake Rd. Turn RIGHT on the (gravel) Lester Rd. Follow the main road until you reach the flats where friendly volunteers will direct you to park. 

A cattle drive will be in progress on East County Road and Hwy 20 from Twisp north toward the Wintrhop Saturday morning. Three to three and a half miles of Hwy 20 between Twisp and Winthrop will be affected. PLEASE, if you are coming Saturday morning from the south (Wenatchee, Twisp, etc), make sure to take the East County road from the Twisp side (by Aero Methow). The ranchers are planning to be off the Eastside road by 7:30, but not off the highway until as late as 10. The drive normally happens on Sunday, but something came up that made them have to do it Saturday instead. We want to foster good relationships with the various users in the valley and definitely do not want any animals or cowboys to be hurt, so please plan accordingly. Those driving from Winthrop will not be affected.

If you want to google map it, or use phone navigation, type in Pipestone Flats or Campbell Lake.


Please support our amazing sponsors for this event: