Cougar Mountain 14.5 Miler Race Info



Avg Temps f.


Gain/Loss in ft


Furthest Aid

~4 miles

Highest Elev.






Time Limit




Longest Climb

1.3 miles/500 ft

Summary: Part of a race series on Cougar Mountain, put on by the Seattle Running Club; throughout the summer both a short and long race are offered on the same day, both series gaining in distance and culminating in a 50k race in October. Popular trails just outside of Seattle, with lots of rollers as well as some harder climbs, and sections of smooth trail combined with technical, rocky, rooty and oftentimes muddy sections. A fun race series to be a part of throughout the year, as it’s popular among Seattle locals looking to race trails across all distances, and very well-organized with lots of support and volunteers who are all part of the local running community.

Race Details

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • The registration and start will be at the Sky Country Trailhead off of 166th Way SE (NOT at the Red Town trailhead).
  • Some steeper sections of trail you may have to walk
  • Still a challenging distance being on trails with a fair amount of elevation change


Total gain/loss: 2650/2650

Total climbs:

2x 500 ft over ~1.3 miles

5x 200-500 ft about .5-1 mile long

Longest climb: 2x 500 ft over ~1.3 miles

Steepest climb: 350ft/.5 mile (several steep, short climbs like this)

Map (See Strava links below for Elevation profile)

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 3

Furthest distance apart: ~4 miles

Locations: Approximately miles 3.1, 7.1, and 10.4

What’s available: Information unavailable on race website, but likely typical aid station fare such as water, electrolyte drink, coke, chips…minimal and basic

Crew access

Nothing official, crew could go down Clay Pit Road and see runners at the first aid station, mile 3.1, and possibly see runners at other points depending on how far they want to go and which trails give them the best access.



Race qualifiers


Race reports

Stephen D’s 2017 Race Report

Strava activities and GPX files

Race Website