Checking in…..

11 Jun

I took a break from the blog world for the last few weeks. Things got just a little too busy at work, at home, Son’s 8th grade graduation, birthdays, etc

However, as planned I have been hitting the trails. There are several open space areas nearby, and this is where I have been making my home lately. I do my shorter runs at Lime Ridge, a small open space area about 3 miles away. Then there is Shell Ridge open space, nestled between Concord and Walnut Creek, which offers steeper hills with a mix of fire roads and technical single track. But by far, my favorite place to run is this wonderful mountain, Mt Diablo – the Devil’s Mountain.

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I always attack from the north side of the mountain. You can park for free in the neighborhoods spread across the foothills, and its less crowded. My favorite time to hit the mountain trails is early Sunday morning. I’m usually the first to park at the trailhead. By the time I’m done, 3-4 hours later, I will have encountered 4-5 hikers/runners, and perhaps as many mountain bikers.

My last jaunt through the hills took longer than expected.

Mt Diablo – north face 9.6m

Sometime after 2 hours, I lost my trail map. I had just made my way to Prospector’s Gap and was headed downhill through Eagle’s Peak. I never saw the side trail off to the right headed back to the trailhead. Instead I ended up at Twin Peaks then Mitchell Rock. This was a very difficult and technical trail section. very steep in places and very rocky. I fell on my ass a few times. I made it back unscathed. Though now, eight days later, I’m finding small dots of poison oak here and there. Nothing serious – probably resulted from when I slid on the rocky sections.

But, by far the best run I’ve had this year! Whew!!

Anyone watching the World Cup??

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Guess who I’m cheering for???

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3 Responses to “Checking in…..”

  1. Johann 06.11.2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Sounds like perfect time on the trails. I’m also running a lot of trails currently.
    Well, I’m here in Johannesburg and the world cup has taken over. 1 – 1… Good result for South Africa! Enjoy the rest of the soccer! Mexico stays right next to where I stay and where I do my trail training runs.

  2. Christina 06.14.2010 at 4:22 am #

    Sounds like a great run. I used to go camping on the other side of Castro Valley. Nestled in the trees by the lake you hardly knew civilization was half hour away.

  3. Long Legs on the Loose 06.27.2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Mt. Diablo huh? I guess the name says it all!

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