Ruston Way & Waterfront


Frontcountry Trail Run - Ruston Way & Waterfront

Casual Thanksgiving morning run through several Tacoma city parks on a beautiful waterfront! 6 2/3 miles - 193 elevation - avg 4.0 mph.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.38 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 30 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 23 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 8:00 am at parking lot by RAM Restaurant & Brewery.  Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 8:10 am. There are public bathrooms along the route, although not sure if restaurants at starting point will be open on Thanksgiving. No parking pass required.

This route will cover Rustic Way Waterfront, including Jack Hyde Park & Chinese Reconciliation Park.

We will be covering ~6 2/3 miles and 193 feet of elevation gain, initially heading east to Jack Hyde Park. We will then turn around, head back on mostly the same route while going through Dickman Mill Park and Cummings Park. We will trun around before Point Defiance Park. Given low elevation gain, we will look to do an avg pace of 4.0, although somewhat slower on the couple of uphill sections. Goal is for everyone to run at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentence without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing. Please bring headlamp since we will be in the dark for virtually the whole route!

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

Gaia route:

City of Tacoma trails map:

Full details will be soon after registration closes on November 21. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Ruston Way & Waterfront

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
    • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
Trip Reports