Centennial Trail


Frontcountry Trail Run - Centennial Trail: Lake Stevens to Snohomish

Sat AM out-and-back on paved Centennial Trail, starting in Snohomish. Minimal elevation gain. 17.7 miles - 770 elevation gain - avg 5.0 mph.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 18.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 352 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 249 ft
  • Pace: avg 5 mph

Meet at 9:00 am at starting point by 1st Street in Snohomish, midway between Maple and Willow. There is parking on Maple and other nearby streets. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 9:10 am. There iare portable toilets near the starting point as well as Lake Stevens.

Starting Coordinates: 47.90991, -122.09054

Directions: I-405 -  take Exit 23 onto State Route 522 and drive east for 2.4 miles, exiting onto Highway 9 toward Snohomish. Continue for 9.5 miles to the Snohomish exit and turn right onto Second Street. After about a mile, turn left onto Maple Avenue. Drive five or six blocks and look for on-street parking on the right.

This run covers the first ~8 miles of the Centennial Trail from Snohomish to 20th Street NE, with an additional 3/4 mile to North Cove Park (Lake Stevens). The route is paved the entire route.

We will follow an out-and-back for 17.7 miles total distance with ~770 ft elevation gain. The trail has a gradual gain virtually all the way to 20th Street NE, with no part that is steep. At North Cove Park by Lake Steves, we will rest, have a snack, use the bathroom if necessary, then head back the way we came. Mostly downhill from there! We will look to do an avg 5.0 mph pace: slower jog uphill and slightly more than 5 mph on straighaway and downhill. In light of low elevation gain and low technicality, the trip is rated as Challenging because of activity guidelines regarding pace.

For a complete description of  trail running with the Mountaineers, please consult the Trail Running Standards.

Click here for Gaia route.

Click here for Snohomish County Trail Map.

Full details will be soon after registration closes on July 5. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at BMPeacock@aol.com.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Warm mid-weight layer (e.g. down vest or wool long sleeve)
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water...longer run so ensure enough hydration and fuel
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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