After a windy night of camping at the Rock Tank Shelter, we got started running at 7:50am in cool temperatures with clouds shrouding the summit
Cool volcanic plug to the north
Running on the x-country ski trail road. We irritated some bow hunters as four of us, with a dog, ran by them.
Cloudy up high. Many of the trees were dripping wet from the moisture in the air
At the saddle and the Water Canyon Trailhead
Nice cruising down from the rim
Finally a view! And some cows.
Cool rock formations near Spud Patch
Turn left here
Really nice meadow running
Fall has arrived
Spud Patch rock towers
After about 11 miles we turned sharply left onto the newly-revamped CDT
Ken Gordon, gray shirt, joined us for the second half of our run. Ken is the RD of the upcoming Mt. Taylor 50k and was happy to give us a personal tour of the course.
Big cairns mark all of the CDT
Also, sweet tree blazes help with navigation. The trail is difficult to follow in some spots.
Back at the car after about 16 miles of running. Andy called it good here and then drove to meet us at the Gooseberry TH after we ran another five miles
The tree didn't look too dead to me
This section will be blazing yellow in a few weeks
Ken, Sarah and Tom cruising the CDT to Gooseberry. We ran 20+ miles with about 3,500' of climbing. A fine fall day in a beautiful area on trails I hadn't ever been on. Success!