On Sunday I thought I'd sneak off to see some golden aspens at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and apparently so did a lot of other people. The park was easily 2 to 3 times as busy as usual, even approached via the lesser-used east entrance. Most parking lots were full, and people were parking on the side of the road in areas explicitly signed as "No Parking", sometimes a foot or two into the road! That could seriously cause an accident on narrow mountain roads. It was nuts.
But I found a more mellow parking area, and embarked on a run from a new starting point. And it was a beautiful, cloudless day.
I enjoyed a little mid-run scramble right off the trail. Took the line in the middle, which was slightly iffy in running shoes, but I lived :)
Red-orange aspen leaves, which are not that common, at least where I run:
After yesterday's climbing, I have to admit this run was hard. My legs were tired, so I walked quite a few uphill stretches. I had some knee tendonitis from the steep hikes the prior day. But I kept it together and it was an enjoyable day overall.
Distance was 11.14 miles, time 2:57:59 (moving 2:42:53), avg. pace 15:59, moving pace 14:37, max pace 6:57 min/mi, elevation gain/loss 1,978 feet.