Distance: 17.07 miles
Weather: Cool and dark
After a great day eating, ice skating and hanging out with family, I stole out of the house around 3 p.m. for a long(ish) run. I decided to do a loop through the three major neighborhoods of north Evergreen - Hiwan, The Ridge and Soda Creek.
With all the roads snaking through these neighborhoods, there are innumerable options for stringing together loops of varying lengths. The roads were a mix of packed snow and bare pavement. The route was pretty darn hilly, with a total of 2,025 feet of elevation gain over the 17 miles. I ended the run on the snowy trails on the east side of Elk Meadow Open Space. Got home just as the last vestiges of daylight were disappearing behind Mt. Evans.