December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Licorice Fern Trail

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Licorice Fern Trail

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/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.45 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 457 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 793 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 2:00 pm at Licorice Fern trailhead, which begins directly from 169th Ave SE. Look for a small hiker sign indicating the trailhead. Parking on street - no passes required. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 2:10 pm. There are no public bathrooms at the trailhead or anywhere along the route.


From Seattle, take I-90 East to exit 15 and make a right onto 17th Ave, which later becomes Renton/Issaquah Road. Drive for about four miles, then turn right onto SE May Valley Rd. Shortly after, make a sharp right onto SE 112th St. This road soon becomes 169th Ave SE as it turns left. The trailhead will be on that curve, on your right hand side--look for the hiker sign. Park along 169th Ave.

From I-405, exit onto Coal Creek Pkwy. Head
south to May Valley Rd. Turn left and continue 2.3 miles,
merge onto SE 112th St, then turn left onto 169th Ave SE.

We will follow a counter-clockwise lollipop for ~5 1/2 miles total distance with 457 ft elevation gain, covering Licorice Fern, Indian 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. Even though we will start in daylight, please bring headlamp just in case!

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

Gaia route:

Full details will be emailed soon after registration closes on Dec 9. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


Licorice Fern Trail

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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