Distance: 5.75 miles
Weather: Cool & clear
Knowing the trails would have a new layer of snow, I wanted to get out early before things got sloppy. Got to the trail a bit before 9 a.m. and took the last available parking spot at the mouth of Gregory Canyon. After a quick pit stop at the trailhead, I set off up the Gregory Canyon trail with a pair of microspikes in my hands.
Near the Ranger cottage, I fell in behind a train of runners, consisting of Brandon, Jeff, Mike and a friend of Brandon's, moving steadily uphill. After quick introductions, Mike led us up the rest of Gregory and onto the Ranger Trail and then onto the summit of Green. The pace was steady, but not pushing it, as my time to summit of about 45-46 minutes attests. Still, the pace was just right for me today as my legs were feeling pretty flat.
After a few minutes on the summit snapping pics and chatting (and, for me, strapping on the microspikes), we headed back down. Jeff and Mike hung a left at the four-way to run up Bear. Brandon and I headed back down Ranger for the descent to our cars.
Saw a post by Jim M. pointing to some pics on the Chaffee County Running Club website (scroll to the bottom) showing the snow-covered course of this weekend's Salida Run Through Time Marathon. Looks like the race might be, at least in parts, a bit of a slog. Still, I'm looking forward to running in a new place and staying off the paved roads!