On Sunday, six of us ran the 18+ mile Lion Canyon - Topa Topa - Chip Seal loop on the C2M course... in a bit of SNOW! We began by running all the way up Lion Canyon from Rose Valley. Wild Bill has tagged me to run the C2M 100 miler (help), and I have challenged myself to a little goal of running UP all the side trails to the Ridge Road in training. (Of course, I use the word "run" in the ultraunner's sense of the word, and rest breaks are allowed... but no walking!) I am now three trails down (the easy ones--Lion Canyon, Howard Creek, Gridley), with four to go (Horn Canyon, Sisar/White Ledge, Chip Seal, Pratt). During C2M I will most likely run up none of these trails; it's just a fun little goal to have set for myself.
In Southern California the presence of snow doesn't necessarily require the covering of one's legs (yesss!) although it was a bit chilly if we stopped for very long. These beautiful grasses on Topa Topa were frozen stiff. A highlight of the day was coming across fresh bear tracks on the LCT!
Seven miles on the Ridge Road... Topa as backdrop... then a knee & quad pounder down Chip Seal. A nice run with great company. :)
(All photos by H'ard.)