All kinds of color on the way up!

Rachel Lake to Alta Mountain

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…)

Cascades from MB top

McClellan Butte / John Wayne Trail

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…)

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Nasen Ridge Trail Run

Nasen Ridge – Heat, Mosquitos, Dust, Snow

Now that the bug bites have finally gone away, it’s time to share a bit of last weekend’s trail run that Luke and I did on Nasen Ridge.  We got to Nasen Ridge via the Merritt Lake trail, about 10 miles east of Stevens Pass.  The trails we travelled were on the Green Trails Maps Stevens Pass Map 176S.  A couple miles up a dry, dusty dirt road brought us to a dry, dusty trailhead (yes, there is a theme forming):

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.

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Balboa Park / Florida Canyon Trails

Running the Trails in Downtown San Diego

Two of my favorite pastimes are running and travelling. Whenever possible, I like to make the two intersect.  This typically results in urban exploration run, which I find is a great way to orient yourself and get to know a new city.  In San Diego, I decided to try and get a decent trail run in, without leaving the core of the city.  I’d read a bit about the trails in Balboa Park, so I figured this would be my destination.  I was encouraged by the park’s claim of “65 miles of trails”, but prepared for mostly sidewalks and other paved routes.  I was pleasantly surprised!

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