January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Seward Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Seward 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
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.55 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 922 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 223 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 5:30 pm in front of the Seward Park Audobon Center (5902 Lake Washington Blvd South) in Seattle. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 5:40 pm. No passes required. Bathroom available by Audubon Center and along beach trail to the north.

Directions: From downtown Seattle, take I-90 east and get off at exit 3 for Rainier Avenue South. Turn right onto Rainier Avenue South and continue on this road for approximately 3 miles. Then, turn left onto South Orcas Street which will take you directly to the park. The Audobon Center is at the park entrance.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~6.55 miles total distance with 922 ft elevation gain, following Shore Loop Road until the North Beach trailhead. We will then connect to a few of the inner park trails, then follow an another partial loop. 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. 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=14.1/-122.2619/47.5555&layer=GaiaTopoRasterFeet&knownRouteId=396673

City of Seattle Park webpage: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/allparks/seward-park

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Jan 29. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at davey45@gmail.com.


Seward Park

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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