I got there a little after 8am and it was only 50 degrees out which was so nice! I was really looking forward to exploring the area.
My original plan was to run the entire 18 mile loop of the Jordan Valley Pathway with the North Country Trail in there as well. Instead I ended up running an out and back route which was good so I knew that I would not get lost. Well, hoped I would anyway. You could also run the small 2 1/2 mile loop too which was no easy route either since it was also quite hilly. Check out the view at Deadman's Hill. You can actually just drive to see the view and not go on the trail if you so choose.
|View at Deadman's Hill of the Valley|
|No bikes - yeah!|
|Really hilly start|
|The route less traveled|
|Technical - natural bridge from a tree trunk|
|Some big hills|
Then I got to this................
I was thinking, oh boy, a bridge out? Great. Do I keep going or not? In the end, this is what I came to do and I was not backing down. Did I mention that I was the only one out there. I only saw one couple on the trail and that was around mile 17! I continued!
|Blue tree markings|
|Jordan River - taken on Jordan River Road|
|Ready to run the North Country Trail|
There were a few little streams running down into the river as well which made the area so pretty. I kept stopping to take pictures. Haha!
|Official North Country Trail signs|
|Wow, this picture does not do the view justice|
|North Country Trail|
I decided at this point that I would just turn around and head back. I was already at 8 miles and wanted to run more of the North Country trails anyway. Some of the trail, I could not even believe there was a trail. The picture below is a great example. Where's the trail? Yes, keep going through this and you would find the other end of it. The weeds were about chest high and made it quite interesting. I'm always paranoid going into this kind of trail so I always stopped to check to make sure I didn't pick up any ticks along the way. Nope, I was good! It was a little wet in there too so my shorts were soaked after running though this area.
|Is this a trail?|
|Hills and hills|
|Great trail maintenance|
|Jordan River - to clear!|
I made my way back to where I started in what seemed to be the road less traveled for one last great big hill up and down and back up again to the start at Deadman's Hill.
Here's an overview of the route and where I took some of the pictures with my iPhone too.
|Map per Strava|
|Almost 4,000 feet of total elevation change - crazy!|
Overall, it was a great day and I know I'll be back to explore more of this area. If you are interested in learning more, check out this link HERE. Anyone want to run it with me? I could use some company next time around.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!