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.

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,490 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 5:30PM at Skycountry Trailhead - just before the gate/park sign. It's street parking in front of the last house on the road. See link below for location. 

Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:35PM. No passes required.

Parking location - https://maps.app.goo.gl/8rQHpVqQdV4WLTHs6

Aim for about ~6 1/4 miles total distance with 1000 ft elevation gain, following many Cougar trails. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate (depending on group comfort) hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straightaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp since we will be running 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=13.7/-122.1156/47.5332&pubLink=nWKq7GGwcxJCNQy8JE8x1aMN&trackId=0f4e085c-0411-44f3-9526-01f77a164321

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 2. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at amalija.kopac@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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