Sunday, June 26, 2011

Birch Hollow

We did the Birch Hollow trail on June 13th. We started at the Birch Hollow/Pipeline trail just below the winter gate. The first part is a good climb up to the Pipeline trail but then levels off as you climb up Mill Creek. It is very easy to miss the turn-off for Birch Hollow. The climb up to the bowl is nice but it get's pretty steep as you begin to summit the ridge. It is a terrific view from the top of the ridge. There is a peak off to the west where we summit the ridge but we didn't see a very well defined trail to the top. As we started the decent Gary caught up and was not going to miss the view. He made a good push to the top and we started back down. Once we got back on Pipeline it was a fun push back to the car. Most trails we go on don't allow you to really open up and run it as fast as you dare but this section of pipeline is just perfect; slight downhill and the trail is nice and clear with some great turns and rolling hills. By the time I got back to the car Jer and Garhett had headed off down the canyon road. We loaded up and started driving down. I couldn't believe that they had made it past Church Fork before we caught up to them. They were flying. Great night.

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Runners: Ben, Jared, Garhett, Gary, Anthony, Jer and Ryan

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bell Canyon 2011

We have been out doing trail runs this year but I've been to busy(lazy) to post the trails we have done so far. I'll work backwards from the most recent run. We've had some great trips so far and this was one of them. Bell is a great canyon but get's steeper the higher you climb. Towards the end it's just a stair stepping rock hopping trail. It makes for a slow decent but still fun. With the run-off as high as it is right now we thought it would be fun to see the falls. The river is unbelievably high. It was so loud that many times we thought we were at the falls. We missed the correct turn off and continued on up the mountain for a great view. We made our way back down taking many turn offs that we thought were the correct one to falls. When we finally found the water fall it was well worth the effort. We all stood in amazement at the falls. It was quite intimidating. We had some terrific runners with us that pushed us hard and made this a challenging run. I particularly enjoyed the sprint from the bridge down to the reservoir with Pete. The narrow trail with the close cut trees and corners was a lot of fun to navigate.

Total Miles: 6
Starting Elevation: 5238
Ending Elevation: 7232
Ascent: 2020
Runners: Jer, Ryan, Garhett, Pete and Mitchell

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