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

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

This course has no scheduled activities.

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.