This post is overdue, but towards the end of June my family packed up and went to Seattle where my uncle and his family lives and we had a family reunion. At the time I was entering the final few weeks of training before my first ultra trail race, and need to do a few more runs. I absolutely love to run in new locations, especially if the terrain and vistas are different so I always try to bring running gear with me whenever I travel.
On this trip, I really wanted to run more mountainous trails since the Twin Cities area of Minnesota is pretty flat. My brother and I were able to sneak away one morning and do exactly that, heading off to Cougar Mountain.
The day started out as typical Seattle weather with overcast skies and drizzly precipitation. I had overdressed and wore a long sleeve shirt which proved to be a big mistake. Although it rains a lot, I worked up quite a sweat throughout the run and wished I had clothing I could take off or ditch. Despite this, the run was a lot of fun.
There were definitely challenging hills to climb and great single track and wider horse trails to run on. My brother had never really done trail running before so it was a pleasure to watch him experience the thrill of bombing a hill after putting in the grueling work to get to the top of a hill. The vegetation in the area is so lush and incredible, the forest seemed so vibrant and alive.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go quite as far as I wanted because we had to get back to family obligations, but I thoroughly enjoyed the run we did get. If you’re in the area and are looking for a good run that’s easily accessible from Seattle, this is a great place to check out.