Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Salt Lake Valley - Mt. Wire (Big Beacon)

We went up our first peak of the year. After having to run lower elevation trails and not summiting any mountains for the past few months it was great to get up on a high peak and have a spectacular view. We followed the same trail as last week but continued on up to the peak. We hit a couple muddy spots (actually Troy and Jeremy hit the muddy spots), but other than that the trail was clear and the weather was great. Got a little chilly up on top but warmed up quickly on the way down. We stopped by the Living Room again to enjoy the sights before coming down. Craig took a trail that put us on the road a bit out from the cars so he could kick our butts in a sprint to cars. I almost lost my dinner and I don't think I was the only one. Great way to finish the run! Challenging trail but well worth the effort. Looking forward to City Creek next week.

Miles: 5.3 total
Starting Elevation: 4977
Ending Elevation: 7139
Total climb: 2162
Time: 1 hr 35 minutes
Runners: Jer, Craig, Sam, David, Troy, Ryan

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shoreline Trail, Living Room

What a great night for a trail run. Perfect weather. Long sleeve running shirt and shorts. We went up to the Living room from the Shoreline Trail. Brutal (at least I thought it was) steady climb but the view made it well worth it. It was nice to sit in the rock chairs at the top and take in the sights. We stopped counting the deer we saw. Every time you looked up the side of the mountain you could see 3 or 4 sets of eyes looking back at you.

Total Miles: 3
Starting Elevation: 4977
Ending Elevation: 6030
Total Elevation: 1053
Time: 40 minutes
Runners: Jer, Craig, Ryan

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Shoreline Trail, Dry Creek Canyon

Fun run Monday April 12th. The snow and rain was really coming down. We hit some pretty big puddles and mud but it was great to get out. The trail felt like running on jello. I'd like to run the trail again when it dries out. On the way back Craig was on the other side of a ravine cruising back to the car when I saw a large animal running up to the trail he was on. It was ahead of Craig and really moving. I couldn't make out what it was and it disappeared behind some trees. I yelled to Craig. It disappeared in some trees and then reappeared above Craig. It hit the ridgeline and you could tell it was a deer. Still got the blood pumping. The trail starts up by the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Total Miles: 4.6 (Craig, David and Jer probably did over 5)
Starting Elevation: 5139 ft
Ending Elevation: 5901 ft
Total: 762 ft
Runners: Craig, David, Jer, Sam, Ryan

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