The beautiful days in Washington just keep coming. It’s now early October and I’m still making regular trips up to the mountains to run in mild, sunny weather! Today was a new one: Jeff, Kelly, and I headed out to run to Rachel Lake and Alta Mountain. After my PCT run last weekend, my friend Greg was telling me he headed up to Alta Mountain and could get an amazing view of miles of the PCT across the valley; it was time for me to see for myself! (more…)
Two weeks from Cascade Crest. After some texts earlier in the week, Dave and I decided we could have one last multi-hour run up in the mountains before the big race. Mount Defiance is one of my favorite destinations in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and I hadn’t made it up this year, so we decided that would be the place. (more…)
Three weeks out from Cascade Crest, I wanted one last big weekend. Yesterday I ran over to Seven Hills Running Shop to join their Saturday morning group run, managing to get a lot of distance in around Seattle – although it was mostly flat. Today I wanted to cap off a 40 mile weekend and make sure to get some vert. I’d yet to run to the top of McClellan Butte (snow stopped me a month ago), so I figured it was time! The John Wayne Trail is a great way to get to some of the trails on the south side of I-90, while adding some runnable miles, so I drove to the Upper Twin Falls Trailhead in Olallie State Park. (more…)
Nasen Ridge – Heat, Mosquitos, Dust, Snow
After climbing to Merritt Lake, we headed west on the Nansen Ridge trail to Crescent Lake, scrambled up some steep climbs, turned around and headed back east, beyond the Merritt Lake trail up to the Alpine Lookout, before turning back around and returning to the trailhead.Long, dry day. Good hydration training, with plenty of climbing. Most of the trail was in the 5,000 to 6,000 foot range.