The afternoon was sunny and comfortable for an “easy” run over the course. We paid our trail fee and headed out. We went slowly to not wear out Eric and Murdoch, but also to navigate the map and copious course notes.
The first loop, of the three different loops that made up the course, was a nice grassy run to the Butternut Cabin. We stopped and checked out the view of Camel’s Hump and then continued on to the top of the 1,400’ hill.
We didn’t exactly bomb down the hill, more like a leisurely stroll while Murdoch would sprint ahead and chase anything that moved in the woods. The course was a little muddy in random spots but so far seemed fairly run-able. I never saw any rocky ground except on the single-track and even that didn’t seem too bad.
We looped around and got a little disoriented on the second climb. We both liked the “Star Wars” names for trails. I especially liked saying “lets go down on Princess Leia”. We topped out again and headed down (with some trouble finding the correct trail and doubling back a bit).
The second downhill on Bishop Trail seemed to be the fastest and straightest part of the course. We finished up our run at that point choosing to not do the final loop having already been out for about 5 miles and just under an hour of running.