December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Tiger Mountain Lowlands

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
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.85 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,121 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 608 ft
  • Pace: acg 3.5 mph

Meet at 5:15pm at East Sunset Way Trailhead (661-831 East Sunset Way - Issaquah), near the middle school. Small parking lot - Discover Pass required. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:25pm. There are no public bathrooms at the trailhead, although we will run by one near the school towards the end of the run.

Coordinates: 47.52984, -122.02573

This route covers the East Sunset Way - Tiger Lowlands loop, with an additional Lake Tradition loop in the middle of the route.l

We will follow a clockwise loop for ~5 7/8 miles total distance with 1,121 ft elevation gain, through several Tiger trails. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph: moderate hiking pace on the uphill sections and 4.5-5.0 mph on straightaway and downhill sections. Goal is for everyone to run at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentence without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing. 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:

City of Issaquah Trails map:

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Dec 13.  In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Tiger Mountain Lowlands

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
Trip Reports