I couldn’t wait to organize a group to run this section of the AC 100 race. I set out on my own for a 14+ mile run starting at the Mt. Wilson Toll Road Bridge in Eaton Canyon.
I started at 1:30 when the temperature was at its peak. Who knew winter in Los Angeles meant 83 degrees? Made it up to Henninger Flats in 26 minutes (1,200 ft climb in just over 2.25 miles). Took a nice long break at the campground hoping to have the heat dip a little. No such luck. Decided to take it nice and easy so not to aggravate my right knee. Knee held up well most of the way until the Sam Merrill downhill section when it would lock up randomly. Walked last mile home.
The entire Idlehour trail is single track that leads down to a campground for through hikers. The trail at the base is littered with rocks, boulders, and in some parts, fallen trees from the recent windstorm. It’s a real ankle turner if you’re not careful. There’s a running stream that I used to dunk my face in and wipe the salt and dirt that had somehow accumulated on my face. Did I mention it was grossly hot? The climb up to the Sam Merrill/Mt.Lowe Rd./Sunset Trail Intersection is completely runnable (2,000ft climb in about 3.6 miles). There are a number of fallen trees I had to climb over and duck under, but overall the trails were well-groomed and fast, if you wanted to be fast, of course. Enjoyed a nice five minute walk under the shade as I refueled with banana bread and an orange. At the top of the climb is the intersection that leads to three different destinations. I decided to go to Inspiration point and down to Echo Mountain to cut my run short from 23 to 16+ miles. This part of the run I’ve written about in another entry: Inspiration Point Run.
My total time on the trail was about 3:30:00, but I can see how this section can be run in 2.5 hours. I didn’t realize just how bad the run had been on my feet until I arrived home to find that my feet were swollen, caked with dirt, and bloodied. I guess gaiters were needed for the run. My poor NB 870 are hanging on and are probably only good for a hundred more miles. Looks like back to the Saucony Kinvaras for the dirt trails.
Garmin Run Profile: