Uphill and Downhill Running

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Uphill and Downhill Running - Grand Ridge Park: Coal Mine Loop

This MORNING field trip will focus on uphill and downhill running.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft

We will meet at 6:15 AM near the tennis courts at Central Park in Issaquah, WA.  Please note the GPS link, as the park is sprawling. No parking pass is needed. 

We will run the Coal Mine Loop in a clock-direction from Central Park, starting with a flat gravel warm up, then a mildly uphill section, a long downhill, and then a steeper (walking) uphill, back to a cool down on the gravel path.  We'll keep a moderate pace of 12-25mph overall and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring in the Issaquah Alps.


Grand Ridge Park (Snoqualmie)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Breathable technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities
  • Lightweight windshell or rainshell
  • Trail running shoes
  • Running vest or belt 
  • Water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Maps (paper or downloaded)
  • Headlamp (in case of an emergency)
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