Category: Trail Reviews

SeriousRunning.com

SeriousRunning.com

January 17, 2011 |

Largest National trail running listing on the Internet. Information on all things running by serious runners for serious runners including running shoe reviews, races, training plans, mapping tools, forum, and blog. www.SeriousRunning.com Seriousrunning.com was inspired by the experience of an Army Officer who returned home from a deployment to Iraq. He used running to simplify […]

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Hit The Dirt At Green Mountain

Hit The Dirt At Green Mountain

February 15, 2010 |

Green Mountain Park is an 2000-acre park located on the western edge of Lakewood. It is easily accessed off Alameda Parkway. To get to the Florida Trailhead, take Route 6 to the Union/Simms Exit. Go south on Union and turn right onto Alameda. The trailhead is on the right after about two miles. To get […]

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Hit The Dirt at Devil’s Canyon

Hit The Dirt at Devil’s Canyon

February 15, 2010 |

Devil’s Canyon loops through a striking and beautiful sandstone canyon. It travels along a creek across the canyon and through juniper trees. An unfinished and deserted cabin can be seen at the halfway point of the loop. Don’t be surprised if you encounter several horses, or even a donkey. The Devil’s Canyon Overlook Trail takes […]

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Hit The Dirt In Waldo Canyon

Hit The Dirt In Waldo Canyon

February 15, 2010 |

Waldo Canyon is one of the most popular trails in the region, and for good reason. It has moderate grades, views of both city and mountains, cool dark forest, and (mostly) good running surfaces. Much of the trail faces south, making for reasonable conditions year round. Waldo provides trail connections to the Ute Pass Trail, […]

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Hit The Dirt on the Animas City Mountain Trail

Hit The Dirt on the Animas City Mountain Trail

February 15, 2010 |

Given its ready access, sterling views, and nice uphill grade, the Animas City Mountain 6.5 mile loop is a local favorite. The trail travels through a landscape of pinion-juniper and scrub oak, reveals magestic views of the San Juan Mountains, then snakes through a ponderosa forest. Give yourself one to two hours to run the […]

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Hit The Dirt On The Eagle Trail

Hit The Dirt On The Eagle Trail

February 15, 2010 |

Runner’s can spend years exploring Boulder’s maze of trails, from cruising the paths at Chautauqua Park to climbing the rocky edges of Mt. Sanitas. But a local trail favorite remains the Eagle and Sage trails, which sit to the north of the city near the Boulder Valley Ranch. The trailhead is easily accessible and offers […]

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Hit The Dirt On The Greenland Trail

Hit The Dirt On The Greenland Trail

February 15, 2010 |

The majestic views of Pikes Peak are mesmerizing and with trains zipping by to the west, the trail transports you to a simpler time. If you’re lucky, you’ll see elk, mule deer, coyotes, squirrels and a variety of birds. Greenland was once a bustling village and shipping point. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad were […]

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Hit The Dirt on the Morning Thunder Trail

Hit The Dirt on the Morning Thunder Trail

February 15, 2010 |

When you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Summit County is the perfect escape. There are dozens of breathtaking trails to choose from, but I’ve chosen one easy and accessible trail to tell you about. The trail begins near downtown Breckenridge and has incredible views of the ski runs […]

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Hit The Dirt At Deer Creek Canyon

Hit The Dirt At Deer Creek Canyon

February 15, 2010 |

Deer Creek Canyon Park had its beginnings as a campground for wandering bands of Ute and Arapahoe. The 1,881-acre Open Space park was first homesteaded in 1872 by a man from Plymouth, England, John Williamson. Back then, Deer Creek’s rolling hills and fertile fields attracted both farmers and miners. John Williamson’s famed Glen Plym Ranch, […]

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Trail Running in Durango

Trail Running in Durango

February 15, 2010 |

Durango is a trail runner’s paradise. Located in the high mountain desert in the Four Corners Region near the common corner boundary of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, Durango residents see the sun shine about 330 days a year. On the few days when running might be problematic, there is probably fresh snow on […]

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Hit The Dirt on the Crag Crest Trail

Hit The Dirt on the Crag Crest Trail

February 15, 2010 |

The air is different here. As I sit in the parking lot on top of the Grand Mesa in western Colorado, I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe it’s just the elevation – we are at 10,000 feet. I chalk it up to nervous excitement. Normally an 11-mile trail run wouldn’t give me butterflies, but the […]

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Hit The Dirt on the Green Lake Trail

Hit The Dirt on the Green Lake Trail

February 15, 2010 |

As you pull in to Crested Butte, the sign reads 8,885 feet. This should be your first indication that this won’t be a terribly easy trail run. The birthplace of “extreme,” Crested Butte is home to some of the toughest athletes around – harsh adventures are the norm. Nestled in a valley at the road’s […]

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Hit The Dirt On The Barr Trail

Hit The Dirt On The Barr Trail

February 15, 2010 |

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pikes Peak Marathon, I’m writing about the Barr Trail. This lung-burning trail travels from a parking lot in Manitou Springs, which is located just west of Colorado Springs, at 6,650 feet. The U.S. Forest Service trail winds up the east face of Pikes Peak in the Pike […]

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Hit The Dirt at Horsetooth Mountain Park

Hit The Dirt at Horsetooth Mountain Park

February 15, 2010 |

Beep Beep Beep. Slap. My hand fumbles the alarm clock off. Ugh. Why is it so early? My brain slowly processes the time of 4:30 a.m. Ring Ring Ring. The phone? What the heck? Then I remember. I am meeting my buddy for a 5 a.m. run. After we’d each missed early morning runs we […]

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Hit The Dirt At Mt. Falcon

Hit The Dirt At Mt. Falcon

February 15, 2010 |

“OK everyone, we will start the time trial in intervals,” announces Adam Feerst of the Denver Trail Runners. “The slower runners will go off first and the fastest runner will go last.” Unlucky for me, I happen to be the fastest runner today. Great, I get to chase everyone. But, this is Mt. Falcon, so […]

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Hit The Dirt On The Mesa Trail

Hit The Dirt On The Mesa Trail

February 15, 2010 |

Writing about the Mesa Trail is like discussing brushing your teeth… it’s really important, but no one ever talks about it, because everybody has to do it. Christmas Eve, 1999. The streets are deserted, the snow is softly falling, and the night is dark and still… a perfect time for a run. I drive up […]

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Hit The Dirt at Lory State Park

Hit The Dirt at Lory State Park

February 15, 2010 |

The car idled while I sat waiting to muster enough energy for my run in Lory State Park. I was feeling lethargic and running alone made the prospect more difficult. It had been a year since I had run the Arthur’s Rock trail loop. But finally, I turned the car off, laced my shoes and […]

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Devil’s Head Trail & Fire Lookout

Devil’s Head Trail & Fire Lookout

February 15, 2010 |

The hike to the top of the last remaining fire lookout in Colorado charms with its smooth, double-track path and a canopy of pine and aspen. While this hike is not difficult – you can go with the entire family – it’s a must-see. The tower’s rich history captures the true spirit of Colorado. In […]

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Herman’s Gulch

Herman’s Gulch

February 15, 2010 |

I woke up on Sunday morning in late July and finally decided it was time to hit the high country for altitude training. With most of my training partners getting ready for the Leadville Trail 100, I knew it would be easy to drag a few of them along with me. But, with all of […]

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Hit The Dirt At The Paint Mines

Hit The Dirt At The Paint Mines

February 15, 2010 |

A run through the Paint Mines is a journey in time. Archaeologists claim that prehistoric people began living on the rolling prairie at the Paint Mines 9,000 years ago. Native Americans are known to have taken the colorful clays to produce pottery and ceremonial paint. The park is off the beaten path, but the views […]

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Hit The Dirt at Red Rocks Park

Hit The Dirt at Red Rocks Park

February 15, 2010 |

Each morning with the sun’s first bright rays, legion’s of the fit faithful march up and down the steps at the Red Rock Amphitheater. The heart-pounding, gut-wrenching routine can leave the toughest athlete gasping for air. I have tried this vigorous workout on several occasions. Up the steps, one, two, three, twenty, thirty, forty… The […]

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Hit The Dirt at Mt. Sanitas

Hit The Dirt at Mt. Sanitas

February 15, 2010 |

I first conquered Mt. Sanitas when I was training for the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2003. I had heard from a friend of a friend that it was a great hill workout and that it was quick and easy to get to. I attacked the run with vigor, but the calf-grinding workout was more difficult […]

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Hit The Dirt at Apex Park

Hit The Dirt at Apex Park

February 15, 2010 |

Nestled in the hills above Golden, Apex Park offers an easily- accessible retreat for metro area trail runners and mountain bikers. The park includes approximately 10 miles of trails over hilly terrain and rocky single track. The city of Golden reports that wildlife in the area can include elk, deer, black bear, coyote, fox, rattlesnake, […]

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Hit The Dirt at Waterton Canyon

Hit The Dirt at Waterton Canyon

February 15, 2010 |

It was a cold and windy Saturday morning, which made the prospect of running a bit difficult in my current state of mind. I prefer to run when it is sunny and warm (who doesn’t) so the fact that I needed to wear pants and a jacket didn’t appeal to me. I had to think […]

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Hit The Dirt on the Blue Sky Trail

Hit The Dirt on the Blue Sky Trail

February 15, 2010 |

Nestled in the foothills west of Fort Collins is Horsetooth Mountain Park. Horsetooth Rock, a famous landmark visible from I-25, is the high point of this park. According to Native American legend, this rock is what remains of the heart of the Great Red Warrior slain by the Great Black Warrior in a ferocious battle. […]

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