January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Phantom Lake Loop & Weowna Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Phantom Lake Loop & Weowna Park

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: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,205 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 402 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 5:30pm at Weowna Park trailhead. *Beware easy to miss.* Parking available on street for approx 6 cars. No passes required. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 5:40pm. While there are no bathrooms at the trailhead, there are park facilities about 1/2 way through the run by the entrance to Phantom Lake.

Directions: Take I-90, Exit 13, to W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE and head north. At the roundabouts, continue on north. About 3 miles from the I-90 overpass over W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, be alert for a wide shoulder along the left (west) side of the street with room for about six cars to park single file. A signboard visible from the road identifies the trailhead for Weowna Park. The parking area, such as it is, comes up quickly.

This route will cover Weowna Park, Lake Hills Green Belt, and Phantom Lake.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~6 1/2 miles total distance with 1,205 ft elevation gain, through Weowna Park, Lake Hills Green Belt, a residential street and Phantom Lake. We will stop at the lake for a pic and a snack, then head back through Weowna Park. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straightaway 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=12.8/-122.1513/47.5962&pubLink=nm6zfka7feSoDbA0oxPj6hr8&trackId=9642e000-b7ab-4c5a-b066-f81d20f75751

City of Bellevue Park webpage: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/nature-trails/weowna-park-trail

Full details will be soon after registration closes. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at amalija.kopac@gmail.com.


Phantom Lake Loop

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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