Experience the exhilarating rush of Alaska’s monumental Iditarod and Yukon Quest in the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains of Oregon. The Eagle Cap Extreme is Oregon’s only Yukon Quest and Iditarod qualifier and is a test of endurance, teamwork and bravery. Set in some of the most scenic and rugged country, the Eagle Cap Extreme travels through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
The race is divided into four categories based on distance and number of dogs, the longest being the 200-mile, 12-dog race Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier. Roughly 10 to 20 teams compete each year, and the Vet Check event that takes place the day before the race is a great way to meet the mushers and their beloved sled dogs.
The Eagle Cap Extreme commences at the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area and is open and free to the public. Be sure to take advantage of their parking and shuttle service, otherwise you will have a 10-minute walk to the starting point. If you want to avoid the crowds, the Salt Creek Summit Sno-Park is another good vantage point that the mushers reach about an hour after the race begins.