Cub Lake Loop Winter

Cub Lake Loop Winter

Yesterday I went out for a winter trail run from the Fern Lake parking area to The Pool in RMNP. Upon arriving at The Pool (2.4 miles from winter parking lot), I was feeling pretty good so I decided to head left and up to Cub Lake. The trail was mostly snowpacked but faded out in parts which led to post-holing. Good thing I knew where I was going as that really helped; I ran by some people who had…

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Winter Trail Runs Around RMNP

Winter Trail Runs Around RMNP

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been running some of the lower elevation trails around Rocky Mountain National Park since the snow has been getting deep up higher. Some recommended winter routes include: Bridal Veil Falls (Cow Creek Trailhead) Windriver Trail Loop under Emerald Mountain (past the YMCA on 66) Black Canyon Trail and splitting off to MacGregor Falls (from Lumpy Ridge / Gem Lake Trailhead) Deer Mountain (from the west side) All of these will be a tough run…

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Recovering from a trail running knee injury

Recovering from a trail running knee injury

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. About 7 weeks ago, I ran a 50k trail race with over 4,000 ft of elevation gain (and then descending all the way back down). Although tired at the end, my legs felt fine beyond the normal soreness I would have expected. A few days later, one of my knees was back to normal feeling but the other remained sore – and remained sore – and remained sore – going on for weeks….

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Lumpy Ridge Loop with Balanced Rock & Bridal Veil Falls

Lumpy Ridge Loop with Balanced Rock & Bridal Veil Falls

Today I ran the Lumpy Ridge Loop in Rocky Mountain National Park. I started counter-clockwise on the trail around 8:30am and passed quite a few people on the way up to Gem Lake (1.6 miles). I continued on for about 1.2 miles before turning left at a junction to go down to Balanced Rock. Visiting Balanced Rock was exactly 1 mile each way from this junction. Then I continued down to Cow Creek which I quickly passed and began to…

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Trail Running Shoes We Currently Use

Trail Running Shoes We Currently Use

Here are the trail running shoes I currently own and use. I pick and choose among them for each run based on expected trail conditions. I am planning to write up detailed reviews of each soon. La Sportiva Ultra Raptor La Sportiva Mutant La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Adidas Adizero XT 5 Boost  

One night camping gear checklist

One night camping gear checklist

The other day I went for a short one-night backpacking trip to Peregrine backcountry site in Rocky Mountain National Park. I put together a packing list which I wanted to share: Clothes to Wear La Sportiva Ultra Raptor trail running shoes Drymax trail socks Patagonia nine-trail running shorts Under Armour HeatGear Flyweight Short Sleeve Shirt Tilley LTM6 Hat Stuff to Pack sleeping bag sleeping pad pillow (luxury item, can use spare clothes as a pillow instead) glowsticks (fun lighting at…

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Backpacking to Bluebird Lake – Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite

Backpacking to Bluebird Lake – Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite

This one night backpacking trip took advance planning. We made this reservation request the minute that reservations opened online for backcountry sites in Rocky Mountain National Park back in February or March. Although there were many “maybe’s” from interested friends to join us, it ended up being just two of us to make this trip. We set off from the Wild Basin Trailhead around 4pm… to be continued.