January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Paradise Valley Conservation Area

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
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.84 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 715 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 506 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 5:00 pm at Paradise Lake Trailhead parking lot off of Paradise Lake Road in Woodinville. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:10 pm. No passes required. Portable toilet available at trailhead.

Directions: From Everett) Take I-5 south to exit 182 merging onto I-405 South (Renton-Bellevue). Take SR522/I-405 exit toward SR202 (Monroe- Wenatchee). Take left fork merging onto SR522 East. Turn right at Paradise Lake Road. Parking lot is just north of the Lloyd family farm.

This route covers the Paradise Valley Conservation Area - only the area south of Paradise Lake Road.

We will follow a mostly counter-clockwise loop for ~5 3/4 miles total distance with 715 ft elevation gain. We will look to do an avg pace of 4.0 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/-122.0908/47.7851&pubLink=aXfQy4ZF5sFqo4rkhaPGtbmJ&trackId=5c891fad-4d18-432a-ab2d-b573a8bb3cbe

Snohomish County Parks map: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9660/Park-Trail-Map?bidId=

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 8. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at bell.jennifer.lee@gmail.com.


Paradise Valley Conservation Area

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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