The Southwest Wilderness Challenge is an adventure race held over two days. The four-person team format is designed to foster a sense of camaraderie, competition, and team spirit via trail run, whitewater rafting, a climbing wall, mountain biking plus a whitewater swim.

Skill level requirements for this competition is low to medium. All activities are either guided or require relatively low technical proficiency. That said, all participants should train for the running and the biking portions of the race as these are typically the most physically challenging events. Team members should be competent swimmers.


Kernville, California is located in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, at the doorstep of the Sequoia National Forest. The small mountain town, though quaint, offers most modern amenities and comforts.

(no federal endorsement intended)

Driving From
Los Angeles, CA: 3 hours
Las Vegas, NV: 4.5 hours
San Diego, CA: 4.5 hours
San Francisco, CA: 5.5 hours


Friday, June 21
Optional Camping

Saturday, June 22
7:15am Start
10K Run
River Swim
6-mile Raft Race
6-Mile Trail Race
Timed Wall Climb

Sunday, June 23
7:30am Start
7-Mile Mountain Bike Race
1-Mile Raft Race
4.5-Mile Walk/Run Race
Catered Awards Dinner
Pack-out & Depart


The Southwest Wilderness Challenge is an event for military members, dependents and DoD Civilians. This event is open to all US and allied military branches.


The registration cost for each four-person team is $800, refundable until June 19, 2019.

Registration includes all of the required participation fees, tent camp space, and awards dinner. A gear list will be available at registration (must provide your own mountain bike).

Competitors should pack-in their meals (optional evening dining is available in town.)

Download your registration form here!

Phone Registration
(661) 275-CAMP

Mail Paper Registration
Edwards AFB Outdoor Recreation
1100 Kincheloe Ave, Edwards CA 93523