AM- trail run with Paul and Cody. We met at Paul's house and drove the Smithfield Dry canyon. We ran (hiked) up over 3000 ft in 4.3 miles and about 77 minutes to the saddle. It was a rather steep, very overgrown, and sometimes snowy trail with great views. It was surprising how much snow there was on the north-facing slopes. Our legs got very torn up by all the undergrowth. After enjoying the views at 9000 ft, we decended into the head of Birch canyon. It was a gorgeous area. The trail was again rough, steep, and snowy, with multiple creek crossings. Finally we reached an old jeep trail and ran down that to a car. 12 miles in about 2.5 hours.
In the past 9 days, I have done 4 runs. 99% of it was on dirt, most on trails. The runs totaled 64 miles in about 16 hours (15 min/mile pace) and included over 15000 ft climbing and 15000 ft descending. All of it was in beautiful fall colors. Wonderful.