Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry - 2021

Trail Running Course

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Learn how to get started with trail running on local "frontcountry" trails in the Seattle area & along the I-90 corridor

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 course.

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry is designed to introduce participants to trail running, with a focus on local frontcountry trails in the greater Seattle metro area and along the I-90 corridor. The curriculum focuses on  the basic knowledge and resources needed to plan trail running routes and begin running on trails, safely and with increased confidence.  This course is ideal for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who wish to discover trail running.  It is recommended that you are in shape to comfortably run or run/walk 3 miles in order to have a successful experience during the field trips. 

Frontcountry trail running refers to running on established trails that are close to roads and easily accessible by foot. These trails typically have cell phone service and are frequented by day users. Examples of such trails include those in the Issaquah Alps, city and state parks, and urban trail corridors.

Course Format

The course consists of:

  • An introductory session held over Zoom web conferencing  - required
  • Field trips to a frontcountry location, e.g., the Issaquah Alps, to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning  -  we list multiple field trips, please only sign up for your top 3 choices. To graduate you only need to participate in 3 field trips.
  • Recommended reading: Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running by Meghan Hicks and‎ Bryon Powell.


All instruction and practice will be carried out either in virtual form using Zoom or in small groups following the Mountaineers' detailed covid-19 safety policies and procedures with a focus on keeping you and your family and friends safe and healthy! To find out more go to The Mountaineers Covid-19 Response Page HERE.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate and earn your skills badge, you must attend the introductory Zoom session and 3 of the field trips offered. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running (optional)
Bridle Trails State Park
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
1 instructor
Licorice Fern Trail
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
1 participant
1 instructor
Twin Falls
Tue, May 18, 2021
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Fragrance Lake
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration closes May 20
4 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Thu, Jun 3, 2021
Registration closes Jun 1
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Mon, Jun 7, 2021
Registration closes Jun 5
0 participants
0 instructors
Wilderness Peak Loop
Wed, Jun 9, 2021
Registration closes May 17
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Lake to Lake Trail and Greenway
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Registration closes Jun 14
5 participants
0 instructors
Squak Mountain: May Valley Access
Thu, Jun 17, 2021
Registration closes Jun 5
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Discovery Park
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
Registration closes Jun 19
0 participants
0 instructors
Wallace Falls
Thu, Jun 24, 2021
Registration closes Jun 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Coal Creek Natural Area
Mon, Jun 28, 2021
Registration closes Jun 26
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Wed, Jun 30, 2021
Registration closes Jun 28
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
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 adapted 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
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.