December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Cougar Mountain: Sky Country 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.

  • *Varies*
  • Easy
  • High Point Elevation: 1,490 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 5:30PM at Sky Country trailhead, just outside the gate. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:40PM. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Trailhead on Claypit Road -

Directions: From I-90—Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Boulevard SE for 2.3 miles. Left on SE Cougar Mountain Way. Right on 116th Way SE, turns into Claypit Road. Park on the side of the road before the gate. 

4 to 5 mile loop, 800ft elevation gain. Route to be shared closer to the date. 

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 straightaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp. We will be running in the dark.

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

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: Sky Country 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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