I first ran to Ephraim's grave 6 years ago. Every summer, I plan to return but never have... until now. Joe, Cody and I finally made it. The run starts up Willow Creek trail, then we took the Ephraim's cutoff route. We made it to the grave and enjoyed a few snacks. Then some running on a dirt road followed by a fun decent down Steel Hollow trail, which is one of my favorite downhill routes. We are glad Joe survived, as well, since he just about biffed it in a location where there was a big rock right ahead of him and a small cliff on his right.
12 miles in all, 2800 feet climbing (per Cody's GPS), 8:57 avg pace (not too bad for that route, esp. considering we were at about 10-11 min avg pace before the last decent. Had some sub-6:30's on the downhill parts). It was an enjoyable, cool fall morning with some good views, a fair number of hunters, and even a little snow on parts of the trail. We just enjoyed the run, even walking up a few of the steeper hills. We are very lucky to live so near such beautiful mountains and trails. Days like today are the reason I enjoy running. Finished with a donut run.
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