December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

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: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 979 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,490 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 6:30 am at Red Town trailhead. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 6:40 am. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Directions: From I-90—Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Boulevard SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.

We will follow a clockwise loop for ~5 miles total distance with 979 ft elevation gain, following the Red Town, Cave Hole, Cougar Pass, Tibbetts Marsh, East Fork, Quarry and Wildside trails. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate to fast (depending on group comfort) hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway 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:

King County Park Map:

Full details will be sent soon after registration closes on Dec 5. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

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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