December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - May Valley Loop (Squak Mountain)

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - May Valley Loop (Squak Mountain)

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.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,761 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 6:00 am at Squak Mountain State Park trailhead just off of SE May Valley Road at the south end of the park. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 6:10 am. Outhouse in parking lot. Discover Pass required.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~5.8 miles total distance with 1,700 ft elevation gain, covering Equestrian Loop, Squak Mountain Road SE, Horse Connector, and May Valley Loop 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:

WA State Parks webpage:

Full details will be emailed soon after registration closes on Dec 3. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

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 batteries
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