Much like the Stanford Dish, you start going up. You see the trail, it's going up, so you follow it. And it goes up. And up. And up. It actually climbs up 610 feet over a mile and a quarter, just keeps going up. Somehow, that sounds less impressive than it felt, and it felt like we were well on our way up Everest. The view was pretty cool, though.
|That's one hell of a view behind my sweaty self!|
|Can you see the deer? There were a whole bunch of these cute tiny deer. This was near the top of the second major climb.|
Overall, it was a really nice place to run. We started on the PG&E Trail, cut over to the Wildcat Loop Trail, the High Meadow Trail ("I'd like the Low Meadow Trail the next time, please," I said at one point), and the Coyote Trail brought us back to the start. A nice 5.19 mile loop with some very decent hills. It also had a lot of people, so I can see how it could get really congested on the weekends. We also caught a fear-inducing glimpse of the PG&E Trail further on, and how much higher it gets, and were glad to turn off of it.
Given what we learned today, we need to train up on the hills or it's very likely that Big Sur will kill us. So if you'd like to put in dibs on my collection of lululemon workout clothes, speak now because I won't need them when I'm dead on Highway 1.