Mush Without Slush

April 1-2, 2023

Hosted by the Pacific Sled Dog & Skijoring Association (PSDSA), Mush without Slush is a fun, end of season dryland event. It is open to everyone and new racers are welcome. Please join us on the beautiful trails through the Ponderosa Pines in Deschutes National Forest.


Both Days
7:30am   Drivers Meeting (required for all racers).
Please keep dogs confined during meeting.

After the Races:
Sunday – Award ceremony 30 minutes after the last class ends.

Where:  Zimmerman Butte – Go northwest out of Sisters, on Hwy 20W towards Santiam Pass just over 3 miles; as the passing lane ends, turn Right onto Road 2059-500. Look for the race sign. Follow the road about 1 mile to the staging area.

Entries/Fees: Entries (see link below) are due the Thursday before the race.  There are no entry fees for this event, however any donations made to PSDSA to cover event expenses will be greatly appreciated.


We have several loops of varying distances, to choose from. The format is a little different from a typical race. Each course is run as a class. Within that, folks can run any team size and configurations listed for that class. Teams for each course are on the trail together, but awards are presented to each category within the class. Rigs must be dog-powered which means that quads must be run without motor assist. Helmets are required under age 16 years and encouraged for all participants.

1.5 mile course (map)  Out-and-Back with eye loop: canicross, 1-2 dog scooter AND 1-2 dog bikejor, and 2-4 dog cart
4 mile course (map)  Loop Trail  1-3 dog scooter AND  1-3 dog bikejor, and 4 – 6 dog cart
6 mile course (map)  Loop Trail  1-3 dog scooter AND 1-3 dog bikejor, and 6 – 10 dog cart/ATV
9 mile course (map)  Loop Trail 1-4 dog scooter AND  1-4 dog bikejor, and 6 – 10 dog cart/ATV

The staging area is completely without amenities except for porta-potty. Bring your own food, water and chair.

Lodging is available at several motels on the west side of Sisters. There are also two campgrounds in the area if folks want to go more basic. Indian Ford Campground is about 2 miles north of the race turnoff; small with pit toilet and running water. Cold Springs Campground is a few miles away to the west of the highway and also has pit toilet and running water. You can also camp at the race site but you will need to bring water.

Info Sheet

Race Rules

Video By Jill Wilson