Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop

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Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop

Interested in practicing your winter running with an after work adventure? Join us (including a fabulous pup named Leo) for what will, most likely be, a wet and wintry Tuesday evening run on Cougar!

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,352 ft
  • Pace: 10-16 minutes/mile

Please note that the difficulty rating of this run is now CHALLENGING due to the conditions! Be prepared for snow and ice (and a very long email in regards to that... sorry)!!

Otherwise, hope to see you there!

Meeting Location: the parking area for Big Tree Ridge Trail off Newport Way. It's a widened area on the side of the road to allow for vehicle parking. If coming from exit 15, it should be on your left a few minutes down the road after turning on to Newport Way (the photo is facing the opposite direction). 

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Departure Objective: shoes on, talk accomplished, and feet to trail by  5:30 pm. Check out the nice map below. :) 

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Goals:

  1. - Build community and enjoy getting outside during the beautiful and temperate winters of the PNW.
  2. - Our aim is to complete an approximate five mile loop, keeping an eye on the time and conditions. (I'm approximating a 1-1.5 hour run.) We'll be adjusting the run, as needed to account for terrain, conditions, and how everyone is doing.
  3. - Be safe'ish-prepare for mud! Also, maybe snow. Currently, it's looking like this will be a WINTER RUN (finally!). We'll be running slow, to account for this, so the moderate ranking of the run is more based on the conditions than anything else.

PACE:

I'm expecting a pace range between 11-15 minutes/mile. There will be an ascent at the beginning, but then terrain should be fairly gentle and rolling. It should be easy to adjust to accommodate all!

TERRAIN:

This area of Cougar Mountain is an lovely mix of everything from a few gravel roads to single track and heavily wooded areas to several graveled tracks. Expect elevation gains varying from ~1300 feet (according to Caltopo) elevation gain depending on the distance/pace we choose. Expect a lovely evening with at least a stop or two to check out the evening's sights, read some historic signs, and water the pooch.

 

Link to the King Country Trail map:  https://aqua.kingcounty.gov/gis/web/VMC/recreation/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure.pdf

Route/Place

Cougar Mountain Loop


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Layers - be prepared for the weather
  • Terrain may be varying: I'll scope out the area and provide further equipment as needed to prep for the winter conditions (i.e. micro-spikes or yak-tracks - make sure they work with your shoe choice). Feel  free to bring these anyways, if you like
  • A running light and backup
  • Any other desired running equipment
  • Additional safety gear as determined by leader
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