I didn't even make 4K vertical feet for my 31-miler last Sunday, so I picked the vertical back up this morning in Horsetooth and Lory Parks. Over 5K vertical in a little under 22 miles (another 5K20 workout). Some pretty significant "luge runs" made things a little cumbersome in places, but 95% of the trails are in really good shape. I got an Arthurs Rock summit, but was short on time for Horsetooth Rock this time. I also experimented with Honey Stinger energy chews instead of my normal GU gels. I actually was enjoying them the entire run (Pomegranate Passion, yummy), which I could never really say for GU. I hope these can help me fuel myself better at Black Hills than I did at Bighorn last year.
So I know of at least 6 wildlife cameras situated on the trails of Horsetooth and Lory now. I ran by all 6 of them this morning, setting off the flashes on 3 of them as I was running by in the early morning darkness. It makes me wonder what the researchers are doing with all their trail runner pictures and/or videos. Maybe we could talk them into forwarding them to the FCTR group and we could have a monthly contest on who gets caught on camera the most times. Great stuff here from the camera project at nearby Bobcat Ridge, but I am not aware of any public postings from the Horsetooth and Lory cameras. It's pretty amazing to see the diversity of wildlife we have in these hills.
Horsetooth Falls/Spring Creek/Herrington/Stout/Sawmill/Valley/Overlook/Well Gulch/Timber/Westridge/Howard/Arthurs Rock (with summit)/Mill Creek/Spring Creek/Soderberg/Horsetooth Rock
21.65 miles with 5167 feet of climbing (GPS data here)
|Sunrise from Well Gulch Trail.|
|Scramble to Arthurs Rock summit.|