February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - West Tiger Mountain 1-2-3

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

February Winter Conditioning Run: 6+ miles - West Tiger Mountain 1-2-3

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. *STRENUOUS AND CHALLENGING AFTER-HOURS RUN.*

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,897 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 4:30 pm at the Cable Line trailhead sign. Note that the parking area is on the side of the road *before* the gate that leads to the High Point parking lot. No parking passes required. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead - the nearest outhouse is near the High Point parking lot.

Directions: From I-90, a few miles east of Issaquah, take Exit 20 for High Point and turn south on 270th Ave SE. Just a few yards south of I-90, turn right onto SE 79th St and continue on west. The trail head is in ~0.3 miles, *before* the gate to parking lot.

Last trip of the course! This route will cover the three West Tiger Summits, although the Tiger 1 true summit is currently closed off. This is both strenuous and challenging, not least because we are running it after-hours on a weekday. Expect a 3-3 1/2 hour trip.

We will be covering ~7 3/4 miles and 2,809 feet of elevation gain. Since Cable Line, Tiger 2 and Tiger 1 ascents can be steep, we will hike uphill at a moderate pace. At Tiger 3 summit, we will pause for a brief snack and hydration break, change shirts if you so desire (can get cold quick), and then continue over to Tiger #2 and Tiger #1. We will circle back on east side trails back to the Cable Line trailhead. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph given the high elevation gain, although we will be somewhat faster on straighaway and low-incline downwill. 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 in the dark for virtually the whole route!

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

Gaia route: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.4/-121.9926/47.5169&pubLink=xnu3ZTczxrQGHfWNvS32ZyYp&trackId=155dc318-97b5-4b45-96ad-3907fed5abd4

City of Issaquah trails map: https://www.issaquahwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4478/Issaquah-Trails-Map---Standard-PDF?bidId=

Full details will be soon after registration closes on February 27. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at BMPeacock@aol.com.


West Tiger Mountain 1-2-3

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. Hydration and nutrition are essential on longer, steeper runs!
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
  • Headlamp with ***spare batteries*** and fully charged phone
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