In Southern California we have a sweet little trail that crosses the Santa Monica mountains in 68 miles. Flat and fast…
Just kidding, actually – lots of downhill which means lots of uphill – elevation gain 14,728. Still, it promises to be a good time!
When I heard about the inaugural Coyote Backbone Trail Ultra put together by the Coyote Cohorts, I signed up almost immediately. Not even realizing that the race finishes on Easter Sunday, a real problem when I have certain bunny duties!
I started exploring the trail in depth over the past few months, I have fallen in love with this amazing trail and parts of it that I had never seen. I am so excited about the run and the chance to cover the entire trail.
If I could run and write at the same time, I would get a lot more blogs written. I am always seeing things I would like to describe. Here are some of the past months highlights:
I have had the joy of watching the Winter move through the mountains and Spring bloom.
I have been running lots of hills to prepare. One of the parts of the trail I anticipate will be tough will be the climb from Tapia. I have done it many times, never fast but at mile 25 it will be extra extra fun.
Coming out of the long climb from Tapia is Corral Canyon – a real gem.
Very runnable, shady and in the the middle of the canyon is a sweet surprise.
Then, a little further down the canyon in the middle of nowhere were the Tibetan prayer flags hung over the trail. I think they are gone now as strangely as they appeared so I’m glad I took pictures. Just another reminder if I needed it to appreciate the moment.
The trail between Sandstone Peak and Danielson Ranch is raw and rugged. A trail worthy of a visit no matter where you are from. However, the drive to the trailhead is guaranteed to make any passenger queasy.
One of the most fun was the mud run/crawl after a big rain in January. Going from Kanan to Corral and back was a comical slide that makes me pray for a dry race day.
Smokey was often a faithful and welcome companion. Here he is going from Mulholland to Yerba Buena on the fireroad.
Since much of what I have seen will be in the dark on race day, I’m glad I have had the chance to savor it bit by bit.
I’ll let you know how it goes…