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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. 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.
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
- Rain is very likely, or at least a light drizzle, so be prepared for wet conditions and wet trails, especially slick rocks. Likely you will get cold if it’s wet and rainy, so be prepared with layers if you end up walking a lot
- Easy to get caught up in a faster pace early on because there are people doing a 7.6 and 20 miler
- Once you leave Cougar and AS #2, the Squak mountain portion is quite a bit harder and steeper than Cougar
- Watch out for slick bridges
- With it being Fall, lots of leaves on the ground, so harder to see stuff to trip on, like rocks and roots
- Squak is more overgrown than Cougar, with narrower trails
- Cupless aid stations, so bring your own vessel!
Total gain/loss: 7200/7200
1x 1500ft ~miles 15-18
2x 1000ft ~miles 9.5-11 and 20.5-22.5
2x 500ft ~miles 3.5-4.5 and 28.5-30
5 x ~250 ft
Longest climb: 1500ft ~miles 15-18
Steepest climb: Several (~6) climbs of 300-500 feet in .7-1 miles throughout
Total aid stations: 5
Furthest distance apart: ~5.8 miles
Locations: Approximately miles 5.8, 9.6, 15.4, 21.0, and 26.4
What’s available: Typical aid station fare such as water, electrolyte drink, coke, chips…minimal and basic
Crew can walk to AS #1 on Clay Pit Road, or drive to AS 2, 3, and 4, then the finish. Parking at AS #2 is limited along 900, off I-90.