December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Coal Creek Natural Area

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Coal Creek Natural Area

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: 5.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 775 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 639 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 5:30 pm at Skycountry trailhead at Cougar Mountain - just outside the gate -

 No passes required.  Park on the street. 

4.5 mile loop, 600 ft elevation gain.

We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate, hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straightaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp since we will be starting in the dark!

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

Gaia route:

Full details will be sent soon after registration closes on Dec 12. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Coal Creek Natural Area

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
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
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