Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Wilderness Peak Loop

Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail.

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COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • Pace: Group

Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead parking lot. Meet at 6:20 and be prepared to run at 6:30.

From I-90,  take Exit 15 and head south on Highway 900. In ~3 miles, look for a sign that reads "Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park/Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead." Turn uphill just before the sign and proceed to the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead (395 ft). This trailhead is often "Wilderness Creek Trailhead" on maps and in guidebooks.

Capacity will be adjusted in accordance with current public health guidance and Mountaineers COVID-19 policy.

TOPIC OF THIS FIELD TRIP:

Let's talk running poles! Some people prefer one, two, or none. I'll bring a pair of trail running specific poles to show and demo some techniques borrowed from cross-country skiing. Poles are not required for this run.

Route/Place

Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses are recommended depending on weather
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack 
  • Bring snacks and water
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