Introduction to Trail Running: Winter Field Trip - Forest Road 4832 (Keechelus Ridge)

Field trip: Introduction to Winter Trail Running

Introduction to Trail Running: Winter Field Trip - Forest Road 4832 (Keechelus Ridge)

Join us to learn more about running and racing on snow from an experienced snowshoe racer/runner. This is your chance to try out running-specific snowshoes and transform your winter!

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  • Strenuous
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Pace: 0-4mph

Our session will begin at 9:30am at the parking area by Forest Service Road 4832. This session should last approximately 90 minutes. 

Snowshoes for running are magical: this equipment transforms more snowy surfaces into trail running opportunities. There are also snowshoe running races across the USA and in Europe every winter. Join experienced snowshoe runner and racer Gabrielle Orsi, athlete representative for US Snowshoeing Association for the Pacific Northwest region, and learn how to use running-specific snowshoes for runs and races.

Note: We will not summit Microwave Hill; and since we are staying low on the forest service road there should be no avalanche concern.

 Got questions about winter trail running? Join Gabrielle Orsi and see running-specific snowshoes and other gear in person before this outing!
Attend either of our evening sessions on winter trail running and learn more about winter trail running. Great preparation for this excursion!

Our upcoming winter trail running seminars are being held on:

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor winter aerobic activities. Dress a little warmer than usual since we will not be constantly moving since we will pause for instruction.

For this clinic running-specific snowshoes will be provided to participants. Wear trail running shoes - not boots- or similar shoes (such as light hiking shoes that don’t go above your ankle) that flex so you can run in them.

A change of socks and shoes to put on afterwards will make your travel home more comfortable.

Route/Place

Microwave Hill (Keechelus Ridge)


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses, wool socks, and gaiters are recommended.
  • Do not wear boots!
  • Trail running shoes, especially if they are stiffer and/or waterproof (with Gore-Tex)
  • A small day pack or running pack is strongly recommended.
  • Bring snacks and water.
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