January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Sky Country 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: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,490 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 6:00 am at Sky Country Trailhead parkling lot. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 6:10 am. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Directions: From I-90, take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left on SE Cougar Mountain Way and then right on 166th Way SE. Follow 166th Way SE just under a mile to the end. On the right is the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot.

We will follow a clockwise loop for ~5 miles total distance with 650 ft elevation gain, following many Cougar trails: Coyote Creek, Shangri La, Tibbetts, East Fork, Fred's Railroad, Cave Hole and Old Man's trails. 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=14.0/-122.1123/47.5330&pubLink=JHHJnZX432fJG0MC8kR4ofTS&trackId=03fa6634-e9e1-42fc-a9d9-7fc22d8c0459

King County Cougar Map: https://your.kingcounty.gov/GIS/web/Web/VMC/recreation/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure_.pdf

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 14. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at nsemez@gmail.com.


Cougar Mountain: Sky Country 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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