Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Anti-Aircraft Peak

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Anti-Aircraft Peak

Learn how to get started with trail running on local frontcountry trails.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 625 ft

Meet at the Red Town Trailhead at Cougar Mountain; please be ready to begin at 9:00am. Details will be provided at the course lecture on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The emphasis will be on practical application of the classroom material. So expect to start and stop, and walk if necessary. Depending on size of the group, we may break into smaller groups.

Please note: we are not doing the full route as described above. We are starting from the Red Town Trailhead. Instead, expect a 3 - 4 mile route, with about 700 ft elevation gain. The pace will be easy. No one will be left behind. 


From I-90, west of Issaquah, take Exit 13 to Lakemont Blvd SE and head south for about 3 miles. Be alert for a blue and white sign on the left proclaiming "Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park - Red Town Trailhead."


This field trip to a frontcountry location is intended to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning. It's recommended that you are in shape to comfortably run 3 miles on the road in order to have a successful experience during the field trip. We will pause to practice skills and discuss, so you may wish to dress more warmly than usual for this excursion.

Recommended reading: Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running by Meghan Hicks and‎ Bryon Powell.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Field trip gear list:

  • Appropriate shoes, socks, shorts/pants and/or other apparel in technical/synthetic/wool fabrics for trail running
  • 10 Essentials for trail running
  • lightweight rain-resistant or waterproof jacket
  • Pack or waist belt or equivalent to hold required items and personal possessions such as medications, cell phone, keys, etc.
  • Water and snacks
  • Map (provided)

Weather dependent items (optional):

  • Gloves
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or warm hat
  • Extra layers in in technical/synthetic/wool fabrics, e.g., an extra long-sleeved shirt
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