January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Around South Tiger Mountain

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Around South Tiger Mountain

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 5-7 miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.55 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,494 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,044 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 9:00 am at the Tiger Mountain trail entrance off of Tiger Mountain Road SE in South Issaquah. No parking passes required. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Coordinates: 47.4432, -121.9762

Directions: From I-90 in Issaquah, take Exit 17 (Front Street) and head south on Front Street through the picturesque old part of town. At the southern end of town, Front Street changes names to Issaquah-Hobart Road. About 8.5 miles from I-90, just before the Highway 18 overpass, turn left onto the southern end of Tiger Mountain Road SE (on your way here, you will have passed an earlier turn onto the northern end of Tiger Mountain Road SE.) Proceed 0.2 miles and look for places to park along the left (west) shoulder of the road. There is no official trailhead parking here so this is your only option. (You may find it easier to continue on 0.15 miles to SE 175th Place, make a U-turn, and come back to park on the shoulder.) The shoulder is highway right-of-way, so you do not have to display a Discover Pass to park there.

This route is to the South Tiger Mountain summit.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~7 1/2 miles total distance with 1,494 ft elevation gain, following the Tiger Mountain trail. When we reach the summit, we will stop for a brief pic and snack before heading back down. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph: moderate to fast (depending on group comfort) hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway and downhill. 

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

Gaia route: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.7/-121.9651/47.4591&pubLink=EaVq0FrubnHQqeot9ATZRMLZ&trackId=5d81d64a8d5633f9493111d8bd02a00b

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 25. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions.


Around South Tiger Mountain

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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