February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Saint Edward, Big Finn Hill, McDonald Preserve & O.O. Denny

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - Saint Edward, Big Finn Hill, McDonald Preserve & O.O. Denny

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: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 785 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 471 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 7:30 am at the corner of Juanita Drive NE, NE Arrowhead Drive, and NE 153rd Place.  Parking is available on NE 153rd Place. Please don't park in the Arrowhead Elementary School parking lot, as it will be in heavy use at the end of our run. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 7:40 am. No passes required. 

This route will cover 4 parks: Saint Edward, Big Finn Hill, MacDonald Preserve, and O.O. Denny.

We will cover ~ 7 1/2 miles, with 763 feet of elevation gain. Almost the entire run is on trails -- we will have two sections, each three blocks long, of pavement.  Our goal is to run for between an hour and 40 minutes and two hours and explore four parks.  We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate hiking pace on the uphill and downhill sections, 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: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.0/-122.2635/47.7243&pubLink=wxwPZBXahkUMpTeazgARdUqw&trackId=31d065c16bd4d7a041bc88e61166d002

King County Parks map: https://aqua.kingcounty.gov/gis/web/VMC/recreation/BCT_BigFinnHill_brochure.pdf

Full details will be available soon after registration closes on February 5. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at andycahn@gmail.com.


Saint Edward 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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