Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Around Mother Mountain

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Around Mother Mountain

A field trip to a backcountry location to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning.

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  • Very Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,375 ft



We're hosting 2 field trips starting from the Mowich Lake Road in Mt. Rainier National Park on this date: Tolmie Peak Lookout (easier) and an excursion on the Wonderland Trail (longer and more difficult). We've posted the loop around Mother Mountain as a potential route, but we may just go out and back along the Wonderland Trail from the Mowich Lake Road depending on participant interest and leaders' judgment.

First-come, first-served walk-in primitive camping is available at the Mowich Lake campground. It's about a mile from the road. See:


Around Mother Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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