For those who frequent the Horsetooth trails, or ran Chubby Cheeks last month, you know which tree I am talking about. It's been 3 or 4 weeks since I passed through this trail, but sometime since then they finally put a chainsaw to it. It was nice to get back into Horsetooth and Lory parks this morning after a few weeks running elsewhere. Trail conditions were great. Other than the typical lingering snow on Mill Creek and Westridge, all other trails were about 80 percent clear and dry. Very runnable everywhere. I did have to go pretty slow the first hour and a half or so. Starting 2 hours before sunrise and having headlamp issues, I ended up running by the moonlight. This was actually pretty awesome.
|Moonlight run along Sawmill Trail.|
I'm going to try to tag Arthurs and Horsetooth Rock summits more often than I did last year. I got Arthurs today, but was a little short on time to tag Horsetooth. Still got plenty of climbing this morning.
|First light of the sun hitting Arthurs Rock.|
|The view from the top.|
Horsetooth Falls/Spring Creek/Herrington/Stout/Sawmill/Valley/Arthurs Rock (and summit)/Howard/Mill Creek/Westridge/Horsetooth Rock
Start/Finish at Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead.
18.79 miles, 4331 feet climbing (GPS data here)