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XTERRA Fort Steilacoom


Photos by Louise Lakier Photography.

Rattlesnake Ridge Run course map, just becauseFort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA, is one of the largest urban parks in the South Sound area, and was originally the site of the Washington Territory Insane Asylum.  In recent years the park has been converted into a memorial and also features an off-leash dog park and a great playground for the little ones. 

There are two course options for this event:

  • 5 Mile
  • 10 Mile

The variety of terrain is what makes this course a memorable one.  The course is primarily on flat or gently rolling trails through meadows, with two steep but short uphill climbs and a segment through the woods.  The amphitheatre-like start and finish area provides views of Waughop Lake.  Be prepared to jump over a few downed logs and contend with classic Pacific Northwest twisty-turny fun in the wooded section of the course! 

Parking - Pierce College Campus has several parking areas.  Here is a map showing your parking options.  

Note the location of the Cascade Building where you check-in.

Check in & Day-Of registration

8 am to 9:15 am.

Room C124 in the Cascade Building at Pierce College.   

Here is a map of the building showing the location of the room.

The room is convenient to the start line. 



Two days before run

11:59 p.m.    Pre-registration closes

Day of run
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.   Check in/event-day registration in Room C124 of the Cascade Building.  
 Here is a map of the building showing the room location.
9:20 a.m.    Pre-run briefing
9:30 a.m.    Start
12:45 p.m.    Course closes


Both the 5 Mile and 10 Mile races use the same 5-mile loop, shown on this map:

Here is a useful map in .pdf that includes directions.  

Here are just the directions:

From I-5 - 72nd St exit
Follow I-5 to 72nd Street Exit 129
Turn right onto 74th; proceed on 74th, crossing South Tacoma Way and Lakewood Drive.
74th turns into Custer Road and crosses Bridgeport Way; stay in the right lane.
Turn right on 88th St. S.W. which after two or three blocks becomes Steilacoom Blvd.
Proceed on Steilacoom past the Oakbrook shopping malls, the light at 83rd Avenue and the Western State Hospital complex.
Turn left at the light on Farwest Drive (the street is called Farwest on the left, Sentinel on the right).
Drive up the hill and enter the campus on your left at the main entrance by the reader board sign.
From I-5 - Gravelly Lake exit
Follow I-5 to Gravelly Lake Exit 124.  (Note: There are directional signs to the college)
From north-bound I-5: turn left and go over the freeway. From south-bound I-5: turn right.
At the second light (island with large "Welcome to Lakewood" sign), go left onto Gravelly Lake Drive.
At the second light, turn left on Washington Blvd.  (Note: Washington Blvd. will turn into Military Road).
At the third light, turn right on 112th St. S. W.
Take the rst left (one-half block) onto Farwest Drive.
Continue on Farwest Drive until you see Pierce College on the right.

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