Kenny came back in town for the weekend, toting a pair of trail running shoes and socks! So, of course, we did a little run/hike together. He has been doing some trail hiking/running up in Silverton, CO, and is much better acclimated to elevation than I am, as Silverton is at 9,300 feet.
Here he is sporting his new trail running shoes, trail running calves and tattoo.
We started the run in Summerhaven again. Taos Dog came with us, too. She can run FOREVER. She carries her pack, which slows her down a bit (so we can keep up with her!)
First, we ran Turkey Run Rd. to Aspen Draw Trail and took that up to Radio Ridge. Nice and shady.
We then ran over to the Meadow/Lemmon trails, which connected with the Sutherland/Samaniego trails and took it to the junction with the Canada del Oro trail, which is where we turned around. Samaniego is very steep and overgrown. I have lots of little scratches on my legs from the sticker bushes. Lots of hiking through here, not much running. Nice views, though!
The Summer Trail Series race on Saturday, August 1st, will be on the Meadow/Sutherland/Samaniego trails. Should be fun!
Taking a break at the halfway point:
We also stopped at the Lemmon fire lookout point:
Total distance: 12 miles
Total time out: 3:22
Total elevation gain/(loss): 5,597/(5,514) feet
High point: 9,210 feet
Flying down the Aspen Draw trail on the way back to Summerhaven: What a great run. Kenny made me run a lot of the uphills. I won't be sorry come September 12th.
Total miles for the week: 32.
Oh, we saw 2 very large turkeys up there off the road on the drive up. Too quick for the camera. You can see a lot if you just get out there and experience it. Get on up there to these trails; they are really beautiful and green and lush right now. Lots of wildflowers.
"You may never know what results come from your action. But, if you do nothing, there will be no result." ~ Gandhi