January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Bridle Trails State Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Bridle Trails State Park

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.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.38 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 536 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 629 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 7:00 am at the Bridle Trails State Park parking lot off of 116th Ave NE. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 7:10 Am. Discover Pass required. There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Directions: Directions: From I-405 north, take exit 17, signed for NE 70th St. Turn right onto 116th Ave NE. At the NE 60th St stop sign, continue straight ahead to the park.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~5 3/8 miles total distance with 536 ft elevation gain. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate to fast (depending on group comfort) hiking pace on the uphill sections and 4.5-5.0 mph on straightaway and downhill sections. 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 starting in the dark!

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; variation happens: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.5/-122.1838/47.6559&pubLink=z4tWloTRnsMA3CeWFOXdCd3l&trackId=5c2acede-bfdf-43e3-9ff3-b72b1a89b683

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 January 3. 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
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
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