Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Mirror Lake

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Mirror Lake

Run to Mirror Lake from the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead at Windy Pass, a gorgeous 7 mile stretch of trail

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 3-5 mph

Time TBD. Windy Pass trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail, Forest Road 9070, about six miles from Snoqualmie Pass. 

Directions from WTA: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 and take exit 54 Hyak/Gold Cr. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp, and reset your odometer. Continue straight, crossing SR 906. The road turns into Hyak Dr NE. Continue on Hyak Dr NE. The pavement ends in 0.6 miles, and the road becomes FR-9070. Continue on FR-9070 for 4.7 miles, then arrive at the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000), 5.4 miles after you reset your odometer. FR-9070 can accommodate 10-12 cars parking on the side of the road. There is no privy available. Take the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 South towards Stampede Pass (not north towards Snoqualmie Pass).

A field trip to a backcountry location, e.g., a trail off the I-90 corridor, Hwy 2, Hwy 410 or the Pacific Crest Trail, to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning.


Mirror Lake & Tinkham Peak

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 runners vest or small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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