February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Bridle Trails State Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Bridle Trails State Park

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 6+ miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 734 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 630 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 5:00 pm at the entrance to Bridle Trails State Park off of 116th Ave NE. ***You will not be allowed to park in the lot - more than likely, gate will be closed.*** Please park on 116th, to the south of the park entrance. We will meet off the street by the park entrance. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:10 pm. Since parking on street outside lot, no pass required. There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Starting coordinates: -122.18552387208072, 47.65534155643965

Directions: From I-405 north, take exit 17, signed for NE 70th St. Turn right onto 116th Ave NE. Park on street before entrance to park on the right.

This activity will cover 2 loops of Bridle Falls State Park.

We will follow two clockwise loops for ~7 1/2 miles total distance with 734 ft elevation gain, through Bridle Falls State Park. We will stop periodically for hydration/snacks. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp - we will be running in the dark. 

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

Gaia route:https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.3/-122.1916/47.6534&layer=GaiaTopoRasterFeet&knownRouteId=325470 (2 loops)

WA State Parks brochure/map: https://www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9278/Bridle-Trails-State-Park-PDF?bidId=

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Feb 13. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at amalija.kopac@gmail.com.


Bridle Trails 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
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
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