Triumph to the Summit

Taking Triumph to New Heights!

We train. We hike. We triumph.

Triumph to the Summit is our summer hiking program. We train throughout the months of June, July and August to prepare all participants for an ambitious goal for any athlete: a Sierra Summit! Graduates of Triumph, other cancer survivors, and supporters are welcome to join us.

We hike as a team carefully considering individual needs. Our goal is to demonstrate: Survivors can Triumph over cancer with us!  Team Triumph serves as an inspiration to other hikers who meet us on the trails and is a great opportunity for us to also do outreach, sharing with fellow hikers the mission of our Foundation.

All team members are required to fundraise a minimum amount of $500 on behalf of the Triumph Cancer Foundation through our fundraising platform. All donations are 100% tax deductible and funds will be used to enroll more cancer survivors in Triumph Fitness.

2023 will be our 9th year offering this wonderful bonding experience in the mountains and on trails by the coastal range too.  Our goal is to raise another $10,000 for Triumph Cancer Foundation so that we can enroll more cancer survivors in Triumph Fitness, with hopes that some day, one of our new graduates joins us on the trails.

To sponsor a specific hiker or show your support for our 2023 Triumph to the Summit team, click on the blue Donate Now button below:


Join our team for an inspiring summer as we discover wildflowers, crystal clear lakes, and endless views in the Sierra Mountains!

Take your fitness level to new heights while helping cancer survivors rise up!

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Our 2023 Goal - Thunder Mountain

The Final Hike - September 9th

Join Team Triumph in the ultimate challenge as we climb Thunder Mountain in the Carson Pass to show the world that cancer survivors can triumph after cancer! Triumph Fitness alumni, friends, family, and supporters are welcome to join us on this inspiring hiking journey.

Our summer adventures will include hikes to some of the most beautiful high elevation lakes in the Sierra Mountains.  We will also venture across meadows filled with wildflowers and cross mountain streams as we train. And just for good measure, a few of our hikes will take us along coastal trails with stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean!

Thunder Mountain towers above Silver Lake on Highway 88.  On our journey to the summit, we’ll pass the Sentinels and other huge volcanic rock formations, before stepping atop the peak’s summit at 9,410′ with a view of Silver Lake far below.

Support our team by making a tax deductible donation today!  Click on the blue Donate Now button below:

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The Story behind Triumph to the Summit

It started with one Triumph Fitness Graduate who wanted to “Pay it Forward”.  Crystal Rowland had been an avid hiker, scaling peaks throughout the Sierra Mountains and Pacific Northwest. Then cancer struck.  After treatment, her body was so weakened that walking upstairs was a challenge. Hiking became just a dream. When Crystal found Triumph, she found her way back.  And as graduation neared, she hatched a plan.  She was going to lace up her hiking boots again.  She began training with her ultimate goal being to summit Mt. St. Helens.  She chose this peak because it had been decimated by the volcanic eruption, and yet survived.  And life began returning to its mountain slopes. It felt very much like her cancer journey and her reemergence to life thanks to Triumph Fitness.  This hike was going to be her way to celebrate her newfound strength while paying it forward so other cancer survivors might benefit from Triumph like she did.  She roped in a few friends, and even our Board Member Paula Plesha, to join her on the inaugural Triumph to the Summit hiking season. 

What began as one incredible summer of hiking, rippled into a hiking program with Triumph Cancer Foundation that will celebrate its nineth season this summer.  And thanks to Crystal’s dream, Triumph to the Summit has now raised more than $65,000! 

Watch the video that Crystal created of 2015’s inspiring day.

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Participants need to meet our minimum level of Physical Fitness and/or have permission from their doctor to participate. Our two-tiered summit goal schedule, addresses the fact that people hike at different paces and come into our program with varying hiking skills.  We train as a group for 8-10 weeks to summit Thunder Mountain. During the hiking season, we determine who can safely participate in the final high elevation summit hikes. Participants must complete the minimum number of training hikes to selected to participate in the final Triumph to the Summit hike.  

Hiking enthusiasts are encouraged to begin their training in the Spring in the Sacramento and Foothills area. Our team at Triumph is happy to share suggestions on hiking equipment needs. 

The first training hike will occur in late June. Throughout the summer, conditioning hikes are offered every Saturday. Each hike will get progressively longer, and higher in elevation to prepare team members for hiking at elevation.  Most of our training will occur in the Carson Pass area with a few hikes further up on Highway 50. All hikes are day trips with early morning start times. We communicate with the team throughout the season on upcoming hikes and coordinate details for each hike.


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Sponsor Team Triumph as they Triumph to the Summit.

We offer several ways for companies to support our team’s efforts.  Each week from July through September, we track our progress on social media with photos, videos, and individual fundraising asks.  Opportunities exist to brand photos, video, T-shirts, and gear. Provide the necessary equipment to hikers and survivors. Provide an opportunity for cancer survivors to do something extraordinary.  Complete our Inquiry Form to receive more information about how to support us.


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