First visit to Little River Canyon National Preserve, which appears to have plenty of backcountry roads and trails worth exploring in the future.
First visit to the local national forest: From highway 82, Lake Payne Rd / 726 (past Shiloh Methodist Church) to forest service roads 738, 707 / 710 / 705 / S. Sandy Rd, and then back to 82 – mostly driving with a few foot excursions at spots that looked promising.
Last family hike in Virginia before the move: Horse Nettle Trail and a few of the unmarked trails just off the forest service road by our house.
Paced Henry during the Brush Mountain Breakdown 5k in the Jefferson National Forest, where he was one of the top fifteen finishers in 36.17.
Five-mile family hike to Dragon’s Tooth–just off the Appalachian Trail–including a bit of scrambling at the top.
Amazing experience running the Arkansas Traveller 100 through the Ouachita National Forest, especially because my dad and brother crewed me and my brother paced me the last 52 miles.
6/10: Two-mile family hike to the Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park.
6/11: Seven-mile trail run to Franconia Falls from Lincoln Woods Trailhead.
6/12: Short family hike to the Basin in Franconia Notch State Park in the morning, followed by eight-mile trail run to Mt. Moosilauke’s 4,802′ summit (Gorge Brooke Trail from Ravine Lodge) in the afternoon (2 hours).
6/13: Hike to summit of Mt. Pimigewasset (2,557′) with Henry and Oliver (3.6 miles, 2 hours).
6/14: Seven-mile trail run to Black Pond from Lincoln Woods Trailhead.
From the Franconia Notch parking area off I-93, made the 9-mile loop (counter-clockwise, ascending the steeper waterfall trail first, running along the ridge, and then descending the Greenleaf / Old Bridle Path trail), including a mile or so along the ridge in the alpine zone to Mt. Lafayette’s 5,249′ summit (2 hours, 58 minutes).
After a nice drive up the mountain, short run/hike along the ridge to the 4,395′ summit (Henry and Dad joining for the first section).
Beginning at 2:45 a.m., paced my brother from mile 50.2 to mile 85.4 during the 2019 Cruel Jewel 100-mile race in the Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains.