December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Saint Edward State Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Saint Edward State Park

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: 4.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 717 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 474 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 7:00 am at the corner of Juanita Drive NE, NE Arrowhead Drive, and NE 153rd Place. You can park on NE 153rd Place. Do not park in the Arrowhead Elementary School parking lot as it will be quite busy when we finish our run. Following introductions, description of route, and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 7:10 am. No passes required. Bathroom available after ~2 miles next to the beach.

We will follow a generally counter-clockwise loop for ~4.5 miles total distance with about 500 ft elevation gain through Saint Edward State Park. We will warm up on the Juanita and Volunteer trails, then descend the North trail. We'll run along the waterfront and climb the Seminary trail. We'll add in the Orchard Loop, then head toward the Water Tower, but cut back on the Plateau trail. A final sprint on the Arrowhead trail will finish our run. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate hiking pace on uphill sections and 4.5-5.0 mph on level and downhill sections. 

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

Gaia route: Here is a link to our intended route; variation happens.

WA State Parks map:

Full details will be available soon after registration closes on Dec 11. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Saint Edward State Park

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
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