January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

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
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.52 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 995 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,280 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 2:00 pm at Red Town trailhead. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 2:10 pm. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Directions: From I-90—Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Boulevard SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~6.5 miles total distance with 995 ft elevation gain, following several Cougar trails: Wildside, Marshalls Hill, DeLeo Wall, Indian, Shy Bear, Fred's Railroad, Clay Pit Road and Military Road. 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. Even though we are starting during the afternoon, please bring headlamp just in case!

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

Gaia route: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.3/-122.1569/47.5280&pubLink=nQkYTyABY9JBmdKzfZoH9tuL&trackId=7b064cdb-d436-4aca-91c7-a1357178b21b

King County Cougar Map: https://aqua.kingcounty.gov/gis/web/VMC/recreation/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure.pdf

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 12. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at travisj.prescott@gmail.com.


Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

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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