Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mountain Running Byers Peak: A Final Trail Run for the Season

Mountain Running Byers Peak: A Final Trail Run For The Season 

A couple days ago we decided to run Byers Peak. This is a local peak, and with some of the snow from the last storm melted, we thought we would give it a go. It is always nice to close out the trail running season with one more peak under your belt. Byers Peak is a perfect one. The trail is well marked, its steep, and the views are spectacular.

Looking back down the snow covered ridge... 

With the snows up top, there was not a single person on the entire mountain or in the surrounding woods. Mountain running late in the season like this is just perfect. Despite the 1-2 feet of snow on the final mile long ridge, we managed to do this run in 2:37 roundtrip. 

The ubiquitous summit shot... 

The numbers for those who care....

Distance Roundtrip: ~8.6 miles roundtrip
Start Elevation: ~9,900 feet
High Point: ~12,804 feet
Total climbing and descending: ~3,808 feet
Difficulty: Medium
Other People Factor: Minimal Time: 2 - 5 hours depending on how often you stop to enjoy the views.

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