Distance: 7.2 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm(ish)
Completely uninteresting (compared to what, oh Exciting One!?) jog around the Meadow View loop at Elk Meadow Open Space. Ran today with Steve F. Definitely feeling the effects today of a series of lunges I did post-run yesterday. My
The easy pace had me looking around at a summer's worth of trail impacts.
The crushed gravel Painter's Pause trail, which already was a good four feet across and smooth, now has a hard dirt singletrack trail running alongside it, separated from the main trail by about three inches of grass. Seeing that got me to wondering...why do people walk on the side of perfectly good, smooth, well-maintained trails? Surely I'm not the only one that likes single track singletrack, am I? Don't other people hate seeing braided trails? Don't others' hearts sing when they see a single ribbon of dirt heading off through a meadow, over a hill or across a vast stretch of tundra? Am I in the minority on this?
Which leads me to another question I've been wondered about for a while. Why are there not regular volunteer trail days at individual JeffCo Open Space parks? (I know they have occasional volunteer days here and there, such as the recent one at North Table Mountain.) Elk Meadow has a resident ranger. That park is the centerpiece of North Evergreen. Surely there are many people like me that would jump at the opportunity to donate some sweat equity several times a year to our beloved trails system.
820 feet o' elevation gain.