Here is the route I was attempting, which to most of you this won't make any sense unless you are familiar with Boulder trails. From my house next to Wonderland Lake take the bike path to Linden, connect to Goat Trail. Take Goat Trail up to Sanitas Valley Trail. Take Sanitas Valley Trail (Or Dakota Ridge) down to Mapleton, cross Mapleton, take Anemone Trail around Red Rocks. Cross under Canyon and head through Ebin G Fine Park. Hook onto Flagstaff Trail and use that trail to partially go up Flagstaff Mountain and then down to Baseline. Run up to Gregory Canyon Trail Head. Proceed on Amphitheater Trail, continue up Saddlerock Trail and up to Green Mountain. Go down Green Mountain, down Bear Canyon, turn right on Mesa Trail, then up Shadow Canyon, tag South Boulder Peak, then tag Bear Mountain. Run over to Ranger Trail, connect to Ute Trail, tag Flagstaff Mountain Peak, down Flagstaff Trail to Ebin G. Fine Park. From here, depending on how I feel I have several options to get back home from easy (taking streets home) to hard (tackling Mount Sanitas).
All these peaks in this run make for TONS of elevation gain. I wish I had one of those nifty new watches to tell me how much elevation I climbed today, my guess is I climbed around 7,000 ft. - 8,000 ft. but I honestly have no clue. Another reason I wish I had one of those nifty new watches is they have GPS and then I would know how far I ran. I ran for a total of 5 hours and 45 mins, and can only guess how far I ran, probably around 35 miles, but again I have no clue.
The entire run I felt fabulous. Last weekend running up to Green Mountain (8,144 ft.) and I felt like walking, not today! Today was a totally new me, maybe I am finally recovered from the Boston Marathon. All in all nothing could stop me today! Not crazy elevation gain or snow!
A view west from the top of Green Mountain
Another view west from the top of Green Mountain
A marker at the top of Green Mountain that tells you the names of peaks in the distance, those are some huge peaks!
There I am with Boulder in the background from the top of Green
The trail that I descended from Green to head over to Bear Canyon
After Green the big challenge is running up Shadow Canyon. I have even been told that Shadow isn't for running, it's for hiking. TODAY WAS NOT THE DAY FOR HIKING!!! I continued feeling great and RAN all the up Shadow Canyon, BOOM conquered it, and up to the top of South Boulder Peak 8,549 ft. without a single step of power hiking nonsense. South Boulder Peak was my favorite peak to be at the top of today, I loved the views!
Looking out from South Boulder Peak
Another view from South Boulder Peak
A look east from South Boulder Peak. While I was on top of South Boulder Peak it started to snow, but it was weak and obviously wasn't going to last
On the right is Bear Mountain, the next peak on my list to summit. On the left is Green Mountain, the first peak I hit today
Bear Mountain in the background
Bear Mountain on the right and Green on the left
Bear Mountain, only a quick jog away from South Boulder Peak
If you click on this pic and blow it up you might be able to see the trail going up to the summit
I was amped to run up Shadow Canyon with no walking whatsoever, thus my mind started working new challenges that I can go after and I decided that I might as well complete a full Boulder Skyline Traverse today. The Boulder Skyline Traverse is a run that goes to the top of the 5 main peaks in Boulder: Green Mountain 8,144 ft., South Boulder Peak 8,549 ft., Bear Mountain 8,461 ft., Flagstaff Mountain 6,978 ft., Mount Sanitas 6,863 ft.
After South Boulder Peak it was time to tackle Bear Mountain, which is a simple one from South Boulder Peak, they are close to eachother.
Looking west from Bear Mountain
Looking north at Green Mountain
Green Mountain and Boulder below
People climbing up to the summit of Bear Mountain
After Bear Mountain it was time to hit up Flagstaff, which is mostly downhill, except for a short uphill section to the Ranger Trail. Flagstaff Mountain is nothing exciting, so on to Mount Sanitas without stopping to finish off the Boulder Skyline Traverse. I descended Flagstaff Trail, crossed Ebin G. Fine Park, up and over Red Rocks via Red Rocks Trail, and then time for Mount Sanitas. At this late stage in the run Mount Sanitas is tough, from the starting point it is 1,600 ft. of elevation gain to the summit, game on!
While running up Mount Sanitas I made sure to take short strides and minimize jumping from rock to rock in order to conserve energy. That would have sucked if I started walking ascending my last peak!
At the top of Mount Sanitas
Looking north towards Wonderland Lake, where my run will end today
Looking south towards Green Mountain, was up at the top 3 and half hours before
My hydration vest, mounted on a pole, and Green
After taking my pics at the top of Mount Sanitas I decided to bomb the downhill and practice my downhill descent since coming down from Mount Sanitas is some technical stuff. I let gravity take control and got home from the peak of Mount Sanitas in 20 mins with a total time of 5 hours and 45 mins.
Yesterday I posted about my nutrition for today's run. I ended up using 3 energy gels and 3 energy bars during the run for a total of 1,020 calories eaten during my run. It's crazy how last weekend I couldn't get enough calories during my run and today I just didn't need the calories, not that I try to minimize taking in calories, but I just let my body decide whenever I need calories. I also drank my way through my hydration bladder. I had filled my bladder up to 60 oz. I probably should have refilled it at Ebin G Fine park before hitting Red Rocks and Mount Sanitas towards the end of my run. The other option is to fill the bladder to its capacity at 70 oz. Decisions for next run! Before my run began I ate two Lara Bars for a total of 440 calories and drank about 32 ounces of water.
Tomorrow the run up to Nederland is off, well it is still on but I'm not going to meet up. I was told that the group I was going to meet up with doesn't fit my style of running. No biggy, will have to figure something out for tomorrow. Still want to do a solid long run. I haven't ran up Fern Canyon yet, which is appealing, and then bag some peaks from there. Another idea I have in my head is a double Boulder Skyline Traverse, but done with way less climbing. I would do this run by not descending down to challenge myself to any climbs like I did today, instead once I'm up at elevation tag the peaks and then turn around and tag them again. I would hit Mount Sanitas first, then Flagstaff, then Green, then Bear, then South Boulder Peak, and then turn around and tag them all again.And my third idea is to drive to Walker Ranch and run there since I'm yet to run there, I hear it is beautiful! I'll think it out tonight and make a decision.
Got together last night with the crew I'm doing the Zion Traverse with. Everything is looking solid, but might have to take Friday off. I need money, but living life for the crazy moments is more important to me. Gotta talk to my boss and see what her feelings are if I'm gone Friday, should be fine, after all I'm paid by the hour. The only problem is she is already taking Friday off and may need me to lead things while she is gone.
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