Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop


Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop

A last minute winter run/excursion up the Bear Ridge Trail (full length depending on time. Expect snow, expect photo-taking, expect a lovely slice of your day on the Cougar mountain in a pair of micro-spikes!

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi

Please note that the difficulty rating of this run is CHALLENGING due to the use of micro-spikes and the conditions. Be prepared for snow and ice.

Otherwise, hope to see you there!

Meeting Location: the small parking area of the Bear Ridge Trail (as indicated in this post's description-please ask if you have further questions on finding it!).


Departure Objective: shoes on, talk accomplished, and feet to trail by  11:00 am.


  1. - Build community and enjoy getting outside during the beautiful and temperate winters of the PNW.
  2. - Our aim is to complete an approximate four 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 snow. This should be a WINTER RUN (finally!). We'll be running slow, to account for this.


I'm expecting a pace range between 14-20 minutes/mile on the way up and 10-15 minutes/mile. It's single-track ascent for a good portion of it, 'leveling' into rolling hills about 1.25 miles up, and the reverse the way down.


This area of Cougar Mountain is secluded and quite. It's generally single track, until we reach the top, and heavily wooded. There will be stops at the cool sites and pictures will be had.


Cougar Mountain Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Layers - be prepared for the weather
  • Micro-spikes or Yak Trax
  • Poles (optional, but preferred)
  • Any other desired running equipment
  • Additional safety gear as determined by leader
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