Saturday morning I met up with OCTR for our new member run and experienced something new in Peter’s Canyon. MAJOR congestion. This park is often more busy than the others because of it’s easy access and easy trail. Many walkers frequent this park. The parking was just about impossible.
After we did our loop around the lake we took the very steep hill up to the ridgeline trails. To my surprise this was even more crowded! I guess people come up here for the views. See the crowds in the picture to the left. As Tom said in his blog it was sort of like going to the mall but with no escalators.
We had a great run and a couple new members, Laura & Lauren, joined us for the very first trail running experience. By all accounts I think they are hooked.
We drove up in the mountains on Sunday for an anniversary picnic. I finally stopped by the famous candy store on the way there but we left without buying anything. It really is just all candy and we were hoping for some beef jerky or something along those lines. I was disappointed to find the gate going up to Santiago Peak closed. I knew that Main Divide was closed on the other side of Santiago Peak but I thought we’d be able to get that far. We only made it as far as the top of Indian Truck Trail but that provided a good spot to enjoy our picnic and relax in the serenity of the mountains for a while. Some pictures below. The complete quietness & serenity as well as the near total lack of anyone else on the mountain was sure a contrast to the Peter’s Canyon run!
Happy Running & Dirty Feet,