December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Bridle Trails State Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Bridle Trails State Park

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 4-6 miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.39 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 526 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 621 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 8:00 am the Bridle Trails main parking lot (5300 - 116th Ave NE). The gate to the parking lot is supposed to open at 8:00. If it is not open by 8:05, we will park on 116th Ave just south of the gate. Following introductions, description of route, and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 8:10 am. Discover Pass required to park inside the park. Bathroom available at trailhead.

We will follow a counter clockwise loop around the perimeter of the park. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: a moderate hiking pace on the few uphill portions and 4.5-5.0 mph on the level and downhill sections. Goal is for everyone to run at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentences without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing.

For a complete description of  trail running with the Mountaineers, please consult the Trail Running Standards.

Gaia route: Here is a link to our intended route; variation happens:

Bridle Trails State Park map:

Full details will be available soon after registration closes on Dec 19. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Bridle Trails State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Warm mid-weight layer (e.g. down vest or wool long sleeve)
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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