I got my once-a-week-mountain-run in this morning bright and early. Well, not that early. I started off up Maple Springs at 7:00 AM. Still, I was the only one on the road for some time. The weather was cool. The skies were blue. All ideal for a time in the mountains. I originally decided to set out for an eighteen mile loop often referred to as “The Silverado Loop.” It gets really nasty after mile 8 due to HOT, exposed, uphill trails. But a mile into my loop, the battery on my garmin died. Doh!!! I didn’t want to make that trip without my security blanket, my sweet, sweet garmin. So I began stashing my extra water as I made my way up Maple Springs for a fifteen mile out-and-back instead.
I didn’t run up that mountain quickly at all. In fact, I met a two hikers again and again on my giant switch-back, as they made their way straight up the mountain, bushwhacking their way. I didn’t stress over my inability to pick up my feet any quicker however. I enjoyed the the lush mountainsides and little creatures along the way.
I arrived at “Four Corners” quicker than I figured I would. And I thought to myself, “I can do the loop. I can, I can!!” But alas, I had already stashed my extra water on Maple Springs. I didn’t dare make my trip across the “desert” without reserves. “Four Corners,” by the way, is a junction of four trails: 1) Maple Springs, the trail that I came up, originating in Silverado Canyon, 2) Harding Truck Trail, a 9 mile uphill battle beginning in Modjeska Canyon, 3) The Main Divide heading north (I think) and 4) The Main Divide heading off toward Modjeska and Santiago Peaks.
In all I travelled fifteen miles during this wonderful mountain out-and-back. The back was all downhill, with plenty of wishes at my disposal along the way.