“And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Dr. Thomas Wayne – Batman Begins
- Run or Hike: Run
- Date: 12 August 2018
- Distance: (Garmin) 6.23 Miles
- Difficulty: Hard
- Elevation Gain (Garmin): 1391 ft
- Elapsed Time: 1:06:19
- Max Elevation (Garmin): 4524 ft
- Min Temp (Garmin): 66 F
- Max Temp (Garmin): 82 F
- Avg Temp: 69 F
- Start Time: 0630
Water Point Parking Lot where Bouquet Canyon Rd meets the PCT
GPS Map of My Run:
After a vacation, waiting for the crazy summer temperatures to start to drop, the forest fire smoke to clear, and building up a bit of fitness again a small group of my friends decided to get some vertical in on a “short” run. This week, we parked at the Water Point Parking Lot and headed south. This route is much harder than the one from my last post, the northernly route on the PCT. This trail immediately starts to climb and is pretty unrelenting for 5kms. We are all still getting used to dealing with heart rate spikes and trying to stay in our aerobic zones. I went out too fast and re-learned a typical lesson: sometimes you have to go slow to go fast. I hit the first 1.5 miles a minute or two too quickly, slowing down a bit could have saved me 3-4 minutes from mile 1.5 to 3. Luckily, the morning weather was nice and cool so I never overheated or bonked.
Unfortunately, I decided to bomb a portion of the downhill. While running 5:45 mile pace on a steep decent, i ate it. I slid for a while and when i stopped i counted to three, realized nothing was broken, got up, and got right back after it immediately before the adrenaline from the fall wore off and any stiffness negatively impacted my ability to turn over my legs.
If you’re looking for a solid 10km run with a lot of climb, a few technical pieces, but overall good footing and pretty views be sure to check out the PCT from Bouquet Canyon road heading south.
Here is the elevation profile to help you pace this trail run in the future:
A Few Photos (Taken with a GoPro HERO5 Session):