Sunday, April 14, 2013

Running through waterfalls

Seasonal waterfalls - soaking us on the trail 


After logging a lot of miles in Forest Park training for the Gorge Waterfall 50k, we decided to take a few weeks and run some other trails.  And as is typical for springtime in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is a little crazy. Two weeks ago we were running in hail and snow, a week ago we were in t-shirts and sun, this weekend it down poured while we were running and of course cleared up as soon as we were done. 

raging punch bowl falls

Our incredibly wet run took place on the Eagle Creek trail. I have hike Eagle Creek for years, but this is the first time I have been on it in the Winter / early Spring. I am normally too busy snowboarding to do any winter hikes, but thanks to my broken wrist I have become a more obsessed runner. I was surprised to see how high and raging Eagle Creek was, from all the early snow melt off. This also produced a lot of seasonal waterfalls and higher creek crossings. The Eagle Creek trail hugs tall balsalt cliffs which produced a lot of waterfalls directly onto the trail. The first few creek crossing we tried to tip toe across rocks and logs, but quickly gave up and just started running through the creeks.  
We had originally planned to turn around at Tunnel Falls, but I wanted to run 1/2 mile more so we would have a total of 13. That extra 1/2 miles (1 total) was probably the most technical and wettest part of the run. Susan named the the little waterfall we turned around at, "Ann's extra mile falls". 
"rope crossing"

I wish I had more pictures of the run, but unfortunately my phone got wet and the touch screen stopped responded. This had to of been the wettest run we have had in Oregon, but I was cleaner than I had ever been at the end of a trail run.   

1 comment:

  1. Have you had your phone fixed? When we get wet, we tend to forget that we have a phone somewhere, and it's too late when we remember about it. Just hoping it didn’t go underwater, as that would be a totally different matter altogether. Take care while running!
    Mary Hagopian @ TelcoWorld.com.au

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