January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Terrace Trail Trailhead

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Cougar Mountain: Terrace Trail 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.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 900 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 2:00 pm at Beit Tikvah synagogue. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 2:10 pm. No passes required. There is no toilet available at trailhead.

Directions: From I-90—Take I-405S and drive south until Exit 10 for Coal Creek Pkwy. Drive south for about 3 miles to SE79th Pl and turn left. Then turn right onto 136th Ave SE. Park along the street.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~6.5 miles total distance with 995 ft elevation gain, following several Cougar trails: Crosstown, Marshalls Hill, DeLeo Wall, and Indian. 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: Topo Maps, Trail Maps, and Satellite Imagery (gaiagps.com)

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: Terrace Trail 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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