December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Spring Lake, Lake Desire & Echo Mountain

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Spring Lake, Lake Desire & Echo 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.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.32 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 872 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 910 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 8:00 am at the south end of the parking lot near the Spring Lake boat ramp, is at the south end of W Spring Lake Drive SE. The trail begins to the south. Parking in lot - no passes required. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 8:10 am. There are no public bathrooms at the trailhead or anywhere along the route - nearest facilities are in Petrovitsky Park to the west.

Directions: Directions: Spring Lake–Lake Desire is east of Renton near Fairwood. From the Maple Valley Highway, SR-169, or SE Petrovitsky Road, take 196th Avenue SE, then SE 183rd Street to East Spring Lake Drive. Follow around the lake to the trailhead at the end of West Spring Lake Drive SE. There is also a boat launch nearby.

We will follow a clockwise loop, passing Echo Mountain (899 feet), north to the Wetland 14 Natural Area, and then back to the south/southeast. Total 4.32 miles and 872 elevation gain: we will travel as a group with a moderate to fast hike uphill and 4.5-5 mph jog on straightaway and downhill.

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

Gaia route:

King County Brochure/Map:

Full details will be emailed soon after registration closes on Nov 30. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


Spring Lake/Lake Desire 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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