Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mill Creek Canyon - Salt Lake Overlook

Wet run last night. Plenty of snow on the trail but the mud wasn't much of a problem. Terrific view at the top of the Salt Lake valley. The trail is pretty nice for a run. There are a few tricky spots with some rocks and some of the trail gets narrow with steep ledges off the side of the trail. It would make for a quick but painful way down the mountain. Add the slippery snow and I think everyone came close to going over the edge at least once. It would be a much better run without the snow but that's what makes it memorable.

Total Miles: 4.6
Starting elevation: 5773
Ending elevation: 7055
Total climb: 1282
Time: 1hr 50 min
Runners: Jer, David, Ben, Bryan and Ryan

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Great Western Trail - Little Mountain

Thanks to James for showing us such a fun trail Monday. Nice runnable trail with rolling hills and great views. I actually was able to catch up to Craig once during the run. It might have been because Craig was having to run behind a porcupine, but I'll take whatever I can get. I believe this run was our biggest group yet. We had 9 people total with our very first female attending. Nice job Emily. David and I were running up the road back to the cars when a oncoming car had a deer jump right out in front of him. He swerved towards us missed the deer and was able to correct and miss us also. He didn't come all that close to us but David and I still just stood there for a minute shocked at what could have happened. I thought my heart rate was already at max but I realized it can go much higher. Look forward to next week.

Miles: 8.7
Lowest Elevation: 5985
Highest Elevation: 6900
Total Ascent: 1575
Time: 1hr 38 min
Runners: Jer, Craig, Troy, Ben, David, James, Sam, Emily and Ryan

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

City Creek

We had a great run Monday night. We were lucky to have terrific weather and a fun group. This was the first time I've been up this canyon and I couldn't believe how many trails there are. Good steady climb at the first and then it levels off at the top. The trails continue in all directions with rolling hills and great views. We got turned around on the way down and came down the canyon too quickly. We retraced our tracks and came out too far east. After trespassing on someone's property (sorry) and hopping their fence we got back to the road. We ended up running the road back to the car. Still a great run. It's much easier to get turned around or take a wrong trail on these lower Salt Lake trails. Adding in that we are running, at night and I was leading (always a bad idea) it's tough to stay on the same path. I'm looking forward to going up that canyon in the future and learning the trails better.

Miles: 6.9
Starting Elevation: 4652
Ending Elevation: 5869
Total climb: 1217
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Runners: Jer, David, Troy, Ben and Ryan

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