The route I ran today.
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Gibbs and Marley are excited about the day ahead of us, they love trail running
Looking around the parking lot, I see no other people interested in today's MTNRNR run
So I guess it's just me and the dogs...
buncha scaredy cats these runners today are ;-)
Running up the Alpine Vista RD to the ski hill summit
Turns out as I was running down the paved road (1.8 miles) to this road, Mike Donovan drove up and was planning on catching up to me, but he got turned around on the ski hill.
First view about 3/4 of the way up the road
Road was quite runnable, but off and on...aerobic intervals
As you can see it's sunny and warm now, but that will change
The road was getting rocky as I was nearing the summit
Ski run bordered by fences that I'm guessing are under the snow in the winter
The ski lift I've been waiting for...we now go on trail for the remainder of the run, we're at mile 6 of 20.
Top of the road, the trail is to the left
The trail to Deception, Lake and Penitente peaks to the right of this access road.
Well, this is the trail...that's a cat run to the left
Hard to read old weathered sign
Top of Deception Peak (12,200') is up there somewhere...not much of a trail, but it's a no brainer where the top is
Standing on Deception, looking at Lake Peak (12,409')
This was a very hard to follow knife edge trail with good dropoffs on both sides
Looking down to my left, a steep scree slope
To my right
Trying to find the trail
Lost the trail...Marley is trying to figure out where to go next
So we went down a slide because I think I see the trail down there
Running in the hail with the dogs
Back on trail, just to the right of the knife edge
Penitente Peak...we leave the trail ahead and climb cross country to the summit
The windbreak on the summit of Penitente Peak, 12,211'
Video from the top of Penitente Peak
We came upon an old trail after running XC a bit and followed it, hoping it was the trail to Puerto Nambe and it was
This was a great trail down to Puerto Nambe
Running with the pups on an awesome trail
In the hail with the dogs
The hail is now so bad the dogs hide under some downed trees while I put my shirt and jacket on
Very smart, I should have joined them!
Blowdowns all along the section slowed us way down, in some places you had to go way uphill to get around a tangled mess, then back down to find the trail.
Reminded me a lot of Barkley!
Finally get to the Winsor trail, conditions are going downhill fast...
...temps are dropping and the hail and rain is getting harder.
The conditions deteriorate on the Winsor trail
Trail intersection for Baldy, notice the hail piling up on the trail
The dogs were still enjoying the day
Like an early winter landscape, this is just the beginning of the trail up to Baldy, I'm sure it's much worse up higher.
This turned out to be my last photo because my hands were going numb from the cold and we just ran up the trail to keep warm and turned around just before the Baldy Summit after seeing a lightening strike on top.