As a primer, we ran a 5K on these trails last year and it took everyone (except the super fast i.e. not me) about 10-15 minutes longer to finish than on the road. I live in a hilly neighborhood and these hills make the ones by me look like a fun frolic through the meadow. I imagine running through the foothills of a mountain range would be much worse than this, but for our area it's pretty hilly. It is a beautiful park though, and a lot of people like to run out there for the great workout and scenery.
|Off we go!|
|It keeps going and going...|
A little less than a mile into it we came upon the steps to the lake. The funny thing about this trail is you would think going down the two sets of stairs would be a good thing. You would be incorrect. The hills are much suckier going that direction. The lake is really pretty and as long as you don't fall in it is pretty enjoyable to run around.
|This smile...it's a lie!|
|Oh look, another hill!|
|Down the steps to the road, one hill left!|
|Sure... I can do this...maybe|
All in all good times, we might go again this week. It's nice to get off the road occasionally, even if I run through the woods more like a dying buffalo than a graceful deer.