with the Napali coast and Kalaua trail still closed, this became the hike we definitely wanted to get in.
we had a picture perfect weather day. the way down had some mud, but it wasn't as crazy as it often is (i'm told). a lot of the hike is through dense forest. it opens up a little bit here and there towards the end. and then the end hits you like a frickin ton of bricks. probably as good of a payoff viewpoint as i could imagine. absolutely stunning place!
top 3 lunch spot all timer.
it's a brisk climb back up, but everyone was just fine. the trail dried up a little too.
there are some excellent hikes up in koke'e state park. it's a nice drive up there too. we headed down to the lodge afterwards for some cold drinks. wonderful day
I ran the Old Pueblo 25 miler on a picture perfect morning. i had signed up for the 50 in 2016 and injured my achilles on the last long run of my training block and never got to do it.
the course is a combo of variably rough dirt roads, Arizona Trail, and other lesser known trails in the eastern Santa Ritas and really highlights the beautiful little section of Southern AZ that is the eastern Santa Ritas. Good old memories of AZT hikes with the boys.
i actually felt pretty bad on this day, randomly, but still tried to push my pace. i am usually pretty conservative in races and not very fast, so all things considered, i am happy with the pace i kept.
there was definitely still snow on the course and tons of water! about 10-15 creek crossings with water above mid-calves. some deeper!
ran a little bit with one of the dudes doing the 75 miler. otherwise easily found my own solitude.
awesome event, gorgeous day with a killer southern AZ mountain sunrise, and nice to finally get out on the OP course proper
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