This was Saturdays run, it consisted of 7 hours 45 minutes (25.5 miles) of amazing running, bushwhacking and snow stomping. JVG, Glenn Hayes and myself connected the Taylor creek drainage to the Dingford Creek drainage, which we have done before, just not in these conditions or traveling clockwise. Love the terrain and old growth in the Middle Fork region....get up there if you haven't yet.
It rained the entire time, and we chose the clockwise route to avoid downclimbing one steep section in the snow. Instead we froze our hands off and played it safe. The plan worked and we connected two of the dreamiest trail runs in the valley. We are also getting used to traveling with a gps and plotted a handful of UTM coordinates along the way, to let technology do the dirty work. There is something to be said about the purity of navigating with the map and compass, but the GPS is a marvelous thing.
We only had 3 headlamps and got to the dingford creek parking lot at dark so we opted to run the dirt road instead of the trail to make sure we could all see and share light. Probably only missed out on a half mile of the route and we were ready for that after work out burrito at Tacos Guaymas! mmm..