Also not having been to the trails north of Green since they opened after the flood damage, I was pretty shocked at what I saw. This is the first turn on the Mesa Trail, which used to be a quiet wooded area of trail with a stream through it:
I turned up Bear Canyon and made my way up a slightly less catastrophic mess of boulders. This is one of the smooth sections in between:
And this is one of the bad sections:
Again: I really like the new Green Bear. It doesn't even feel like you are ascending. I saw a runner with an orange hat running down through the woods that I imagined to be JV, but I have no idea. It just seemed like a JV thing to do. Heh.
This is Spotted Coralroot, a type of orchid:
I ran this loop at a steady -- but not hard -- pace, applying some of the learning from my winter runs: walk uphill if you need to, relax uphill, and keep a good pace on the runnable and smooth downhill sections.
I have to admit my quads were not happy by the time I headed down Gregory Canyon, which is sort of pathetic considering it was only 10 miles. But there are a lot of drops on these trails.
Distance was 10.74 miles, time 2:38 (moving 2:32), elevation gain/loss 3,089 feet, avg. pace 14:48 (moving 14:15), and best pace 6:02.
I saw that Saddle Rock actually has a ladder on part of the trail now! Must check that out.
When I got back home I realized George did the middle route down the north of Green, while I did the Ranger route. But it's all good. What a nice run.