January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Coal Creek Natural Area

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: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,138 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 557 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 6:30 am at Coal Creek Natural Area (Coal Creek Parkway between Forest Drive SE and SE 60th Street) parking lot. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 6:40 am. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Coorindates: 47.55423913810853, -122.1664170850555

We will follow a figure-8 loop for ~6 miles total distance with 1,140 ft elevation gain. We will  follow the trail to the northwest across Coal Creek, then looping around back to the parking lot where we will continue to the southeast and back around. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate to fast (depending on group comfort) 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=14.5/-122.1808/47.5576&pubLink=TabCNRcJlFXQp4G8cy9eXYPW&trackId=31270890-c5a2-4e4d-a4bb-a088f93a5574

City of Bellevue area webpage: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/nature-trails/coal-creek-natural-area

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 9. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at amalija.kopac@gmail.com.


Coal Creek Natural Area

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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