Today's training is Los Alamos and is up the Mitchell Trail, along the Quaje Ridge trail, left onto Pipeline Rd, down the Quemezon trail to the Perimeter Trail and back to Mitchell.
Deb's up ahead leading the way...
It's another beautiful day, temps in the upper 40's and mostly sunny.
This is some of the leftover burn from the devastating 2000 Cerro Grande fire...
Deb's pulling away from me....I just can't breathe in this thin air!
Despite what looks like ugliness, it really is a ifne trail with incredible views all around, as you shall see.
Deb even further away from me as we get up above 8000'.
She's a couple of switchbacks ahead now...
Looking behind me towards Los Alamos
Sample of the trails surface. Much of what we will do today is part of the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs (Jemez 50).
Another look back and now you can see the Sangre De Cristos in Santa Fe, the snow topped peaks, which are up over 12,000'
Now that we're up near 8500', we're beginning to run into snow on the northern slopes.
Snow on the northern sides and clear on the southern...
This is looking towards Santa Fe and the Sangres...the next several shots I plan to stitch into a panoramic view. I took them left to right.
Now at the top of the Mitchell Trail, around 8800', going left on the Quaje Ridge trail.
More snow....and less air!
Looking back, you can see the snow we're now trudging through. It gets deeper...
Deb took my picture with the great views of the Sangres in back....and of course with one of my Hardrock shirts on. It is good luck to wear a HRH shirt every day this week when running...next Sunday is the lottery.
Went to take Deb's picture and she threw snow at me...we're always having fun!
First view of Caballo Peak, about 10,250' and one of the high summits in the Jemez 50.
Another looking back view...one slip in the snow and down you go into Guaje Canyon!
Some interesting rocks ahead
Nice view to my right
First peak at Pajarito (ski trails), which is the 2nd 10,000+ footer you have to climb in the Jemez 50.
Looking down into Guaje Canyon, where you run in the race early on...
First major blowdown....Bill, Tom and Jason, you seeing this?
Guaje Ridge Trail up ahead...snow got knee deep in some places.
Looking right again and Caballo
Now looking south at the Sandias in Albuquerque (distant mountains)
Looking to my left down into Los Alamos
Quaje ridge and up higher now, around 9100'
Looking behind from where I just came..
Another tangled mess....not many footprints, so not many have been up here since this last storm. All we're seeing is Elk tracks.
I had more trouble getting through this than Deb!
Caballo peaking again
More blowdowns...Jason and Bill have some work to do before May ;-)
Hey, whadaya know...clear trail! But now at 9300', it's fa-fa-freezing!
Deb's really cold...she's been frostbit several times and doesn't want THAT again.
Looks good here!
The snow is now frozen enough where you can walk on top of it most of the time.
Just popped out onto the Pipeline Rd and were disappointed that it wasn't clear or at least driven on with a snowmachine.
Now up at 9600'
Pipeline Rd with Pajarito beckoning.
Pajarito was recently closed due to lack of snow, but we're supposed to be getting a good size storm tomorrow into Wednesday.
Part of Pieline to the left, Pajarito to the right and the Sandias dead center (far background)
Dirt! (well, mud)
Deb's flying now trying to thaw out her feet...
Nice view of Pipeline Rd as it follows the ridge.
At this point we were planning on going down Quemazon to Perimeter trail, but because we were running an hour late from the deep snow, we decided to run all the way down Pipeline to the Perimeter Trail...we were hungry!
A clear Pipeline in the distance winding around the hills
We noticed all these baby pine trees popping up. The forest returneth!
Los Alamos gets closer
Omega Bridge to LANL and White Rock
Los Alamos with Santa Fe in the background...
The Sangres are great for Hardrock training and only an hour away!
Finally reached the Perimeter Trail after what seemed like many miles of downhill dirt rd.
Perimeter Trail, which winds around the neighborhood of Los Alamos