Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Baldface Mountain Loop

Ran 10.0 miles @ 17:39/mile pace.
Insanely hilly. (3600' elevation gain)
Around 60 on the peaks, warmer in valley. Partly cloudy.

Ian, Jim and Andrew and I headed up to the White Mountains to run the Baldface Mountain Loop , a good way to take advantage of the great weather we've been having lately. It's a great route that goes up a mountain ridge above treeline where spectacular views are to be had. I was pretty much left in the dust by the company I was with, particularly Andrew. I'll blame it on the tired legs.

The initial climb starts off gradual and gets steeper as you move on, the latter parts I mostly power hiked. Was somewhat relieved to reach the summit South Baldface (3570'), and from there it was an down and up ridge run over to North Baldface (3610'). From there we ran over to Eagle Crag and then down the Baldface Circle Trail.

We made a side trip and stopped at the Emerald Pool less than a mile away from the trailhead where we took a refreshing plunge in a cold swimming hole. Made the rest of the run out even more pleasant. Good workout.

1 comment:

Runner NYC said...

Hey, Jamie! I'm back from the Arctic Circle (recap going up soon) and catching up on your blog. Looks like things are going well! Hope all's well!!