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

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Bridle Trails to Marymoor 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.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.21 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 749 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 579 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 8:00 am at the Bridle Trails State Park parking lot off of 116th Ave NE, opposite NE 53rd. The gate is supposed to open at 8:00.  If it is not open by 8:05, we will just park on 116th Ave NE south of the gate. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 8:10 am. Discover Pass required if we park inside the Park. There is a restroom at the trailhead.

This route will cover 3 parks: Bridle Trails, Westside and Marymoor Parks.

This is a longer trail run through three parks and a greenbelt that connects them. We start by running half way around the perimeter of Bridle Trails, then take the Bridle Crest trail through a greenbelt past the Bellevue golf course and Microsoft's RedWest campus to the Westside Park. We'll traverse Westside Park down to Marymoor. We'll return to Bridle Trails and run the rest of the perimeter.  Expect the run to take around two hours. Almost all of it is on trail, but there will be a few short stretches of pavement. The route is mostly flat or rolling hills except for the climb from Marymoor to Bridle Trails. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate hike pace when going uphill or downhill and 4.5-5.0 mph on the straightaways. 

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, but variation happens:  https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.0/-122.1824/47.6511&pubLink=01VMnOyvRxjN41WKiohprdgt&trackId=f3ac273eb67798756977728bb44c11344ad13a27

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

Full details will be available soon after registration closes on Feb 22. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at andycahn@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
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