10k at 10k

Beautiful, aspeny trail

Beautiful, aspeny trail

It’s not that Scott and I hadn’t had plenty of exercise and mountain adventure already, but it seemed a shame to head straight back home so early in the day.  We’d invested quite a bit of time getting out into the mountains, so it made sense to extend our fun a little more.  So we decided to mix metric and imperial units and run ten thousand meters at ten thousand feet.  The Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass is some of the loveliest trail around with great views, smooth tread (partly), and not too much elevation gain. 

Decent views too.

Decent views too.

 

It was raining lightly when we arrived at the trailhead, but quickly became sunny and hot.  Neither of us was fresh, but the nice beautiful trails and great views to the west made it hard to stop after only 3.2 miles.  We could see significant storm clouds building to the west (immediately over Horseshoe Mountain we’d just climbed, in fact).

The aforementioned storm front arrived in the last mile and a half or so.  The tall aspen forest which had been so beautifully lit on the way south was now a being alarmingly tossed in very strong wind.  The temperature dropped ten degrees in a minute and I noticed at least one tree across the trail which hadn’t been there on the outbound leg.  Just as I arrived back at the car, the rain started in earnest.

View of the mountains, and impending squall line, to the west.

View of the mountains, and impending squall line, to the west.

It was a shame to turn around, but we were already pretty gassed.

It was a shame to turn around, but we were already pretty gassed.

All in all, we timed the weather quite nicely and it was a great, aerobic cap on a great day in the early-summer Colorado mountains.

GPS or it didn’t happen, bro.

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