February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Margaret's Way

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Margaret's Way

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
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,411 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,006 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 6:00 am at Margaret's Way trailhead, just off of 900 on east side of the street. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 6:10 am. Outhouse in parking lot. Discover Pass required.

Directions: From I-90, take exit 15 signed Lake Sammamish/Renton Highway 900. At the stoplight at the end of the exit turn right onto Highway 900/Renton-Issaquah Road and go south toward Renton. From the stoplight drive 3.2 miles and turn left at the easy-to-miss driveway with a large blue Cougar Mountain Recreation sign. The large parking lot is straight ahead. Park in this lot -- do not continue through the gray gate.

This route will cover Margaret's Way up to Squak West Peak and Bullitt Fireplace.

We will follow a clockwise lollipop loop for ~7 miles total distance with 2,411 ft elevation gain, through Margaret's Way up to West Peak and Bullitt Fireplace. We will stop at Bullitt Fireplace for a brief pic and hydration/snack, then head back. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph: moderate hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway and downhill. 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: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.2/-122.0658/47.5030&pubLink=uh4K6LuJ7uqMOPT7zt1gevJE&trackId=ce88ead3-b81e-4cda-ad2f-85c0ee863f05

King County Squak/Cougar Map: https://aqua.kingcounty.gov/gis/web/VMC/recreation/BCT_CougarSquakTiger_brochure.pdf

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Feb 11. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at nsemez@gmail.com.


Margaret's Way

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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