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
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • High Point Elevation: 1,496 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 6:00 am at the Sky Country TH - may need to park in front of the gate if it's closed.

This route will cover Cave Hole Trail, Fred's Railroad Trail, East Fork Trial, Tibbetts Marsh Trail, Coyote Creek Trail, and Clay Pit Road.

We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph: moderate 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: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=15.3/-122.1079/47.5306&pubLink=y1XIzC8Vxsp5Q7VPwSxWMXMu&trackId=f572d6d4-3337-4c84-8130-13c3218f42ef

King County Parks map: https://aqua.kingcounty.gov/gis/web/VMC/recreation/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure.pdf

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 7. 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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