We'll get over to the sunny side of the mountains for a preview of the 25k course for the Yakima Skyline Rim race - known as Washington's hardest 50k (and, by extension, hardest 25k)! This run is no joke! 15.5 miles and a vertical mile of steep elevation gain (and loss).
Bring enough water and calories for 3.5 - 4.5 hours of running/hiking. It could be warm, and there are no accessible water sources on the course. The terrain is rocky with lots of exposure, and we'll have gorgeous views of the Yakima river and canyon the entire way.
Meet at the Issaquah Highlands P&R at 7 am for the carpool, or meet at the Umtanum Recreation Area at 9 for the run. The drive time is about 2 hours from Seattle.
Link and directions for the Issaquah Highlands P&R here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Issaquah-Highlands-PR
Directions to the trailhead: From I-90 take Exit 109 Hwy 821 (Canyon Road) south into the Yakima River Canyon. Umtanum Recreation Area is on the right, located at milepost 16, twelve miles south of Ellensburg.