More Waterfalls Hikes @ SNP

This is a series of hikes on the 2nd day of my stay @ Shenandoah National Park. These are all rated ‘moderate’ hikes from the park’s formula for determining hiking difficulty. Please bear in mind that this is relative to one’s fitness level. Also, distances listed of these hikes may not be that accurate. My GPS watch recorded longer distances for each hike. Remember to stop by the park’s Visitor Center and get up-to-date information about the trail conditions. Talk to a ranger before you go. Dark Hollow Falls.  Skyline Drive Mile 50.7.  Listed Distance RT – 1.4 miles. Rose … Continue reading More Waterfalls Hikes @ SNP

Cedar Run – Whiteoak Canyon Falls

Cedar Run – Whiteoak Canyon Circuit Hike. The official map for this circuit gives this hike a distance of 7.3 miles, with a rating of ‘very strenuous’. The distance may not be accurate. It was more than 9 miles from what I’ve read in Hiking Project and what came out of my GPS at the end of the hike. The rating was accurate, though. In a nutshell, this circuit hike starts at the Hawksbill Gap parking lot @ Skyline Drive mile 45.6, descending the Cedar Run trail until it meets the Whiteoak Canyon trail. It’s all hike up from there … Continue reading Cedar Run – Whiteoak Canyon Falls

Sourland Mtn Preserve – A Break

I’ve been going to Sourland Mtn Preserve for several years now.  It has become my Go To place for my weeekday and weekend trail runs.  I’ve covered all the trails in all seasons, at different times of day.  I’ve seen deer, listened to birds singing, and used my imagination and named some trees on this preserve. Today, I am taking a break from running and simply enjoying my time doing a slow hike and taking pictures of what Sourland has to offer.  Here are some pictures of things that I have oftentimes ignored when doing a trail run. Here’s something … Continue reading Sourland Mtn Preserve – A Break

Hope Pass Hike

Hope Pass.  The highest elevation in the LT100 Run Race at 12600 ft.  And you have to do it twice from both directions, on the outbound (at mile 40) and on the inbound (at mile 50).  This is where dreams die and hearts broken.  This is the crux of the LT100 race.  I hope we don’t suffer the same fate of those who failed. On Tues, Aug 14th, we hiked Hope Pass from the Winfield side, the inbound section of the LT100.  First, we drove all the way to Winfield to see where the 50th mile aid station would be.  … Continue reading Hope Pass Hike

Mt Elbert – My 1st 14er!

“Ok Google, What’s the highest peak in Colorado?” “Here’s what I found.  Mount Elbert @ 14,439 ft.” As part of our acclimatization period for LT 100, Philip and I needed to be exposed to high altitude, above 12k ft.  The plan was to hike 1 14er, Hope Pass, and another 12k+, on Mon, Tue, and Wed.  We checked some 14ers close to Leadville.  The shorter distance, the better, since we were after the altitude, not the mileage.  Mt Massive, the 2nd highest peak, was a good candidate.  However, looking at some pictures, this was not an easy one.  Mt Elbert … Continue reading Mt Elbert – My 1st 14er!

Escarpment Trail – DNS

July 30, 2017. Escarpment Trail Run. I was registered to run. DNS (Did Not Start). But no regrets. I sprained my left ankle last Saturday, July 22. It’s healing well, so far. Applying cold treatment and ankle brace daily. Doing regular walks for a week, hobbling at first and getting better each day. Hoping to become a-ok for the race. Undecided to do the race until the very last minute. My friend, Jun, and I still went to the North-South Lake Campground on Saturday, July 29, for an overnight stay. We hiked on Saturday, testing my foot if it can … Continue reading Escarpment Trail – DNS