The utter simplicity of ultrarunning always brings me back for more.
If nothing else, it is an airtight excuse to consume Combos brand snacks.
I said goodbye to Taco. He waited at the U.S. 89 Mount Elden TH in east Flag. It is close to the mall. Towns like Flagstaff should have no mall.
Mount Elden (el. 9299)
I decided to leave my gun in the truck. I shot up this sign first, of course
I headed up toward the Elden lookout.
This trail is reputed to be wicked steep. It is.
Views of the many volcanoes around Flag.
First view of the lookout.
Trail junction on Elden's east ridge, just short of the summit.
The SF peaks had a fresh coat of snow. It concerned me that the clouds looked so vertical so early in the day.
Pristine summit area.
This is my headshot for Honcho.
After Elden, I hit the Sunset trail, headed north.
It is pretty sweet, running along the ridge for a bit.
Looking back at Elden, around 9:30am, it looked like it wanted to storm early
After a few miles on Sunset, I hopped aboard Little Bear, which is super runnable.
Then I got on some other trail to run over to Schultz Pass/Tank.
Apparently it is called the "Little Elden Trail." My bad.
This one meanders uphill, but is also runnable.
SF Peaks from Schultz Tank, which means "pond," apparently.
The "Tank." Closest thing to a lake in the SF peaks.
More glamour shots.
I had a little impromptu beach party.
After Schultz Pass, I headed south again on the Schultz Loop.
This meadow is ridiculously awesome.
After a bit, I returned to the Sunset Trail.
By the time I popped out back near Elden, the storm clouds had gotten serious.
I ran down Elden on the Heart Trail.
First it started to rain.
Then it started to rain/snow.
Then it started to pelt.
It snowed really hard.
Once I got down around 7800 ft, it just rained.
My watch is awesome. It is always very generous with the miles. I have set several world records as a result.