Decided to head out to Huntsville for the last long run before Miwok. Simply gorgeous morning for a quiet run in the woods. The plan was to do the Rocky Raccoon 100 20-mile loop. Nearing the Nature Center and the 3-mile mark, I decided to explore a broad utility cut nearby. I had checked it out last summer when it was still under construction and recall some nice hills. As I was heading out the cut, I saw a runner ahead coming my way. Turned out to be Robert King, who was getting some hill work in for Hardrock. He said the 7 Hills Running Club out of Huntsville dubbed this the 7-Hills Trail. He estimated it was about 2.5 miles end to end, for a 5-mile out and back. He also mentioned that there were some excellent hills ahead.
|CCC Trail - The Heaven of the Heaven/Hell Loop|
All good things come to an end, though, and I found myself deposited out of Heaven and into Hell - the long stretch of the Chinquapin Trail between the spillway and the boardwalks. I loathe this section. Where Heaven is straight and predictable, Hell is twisted up like a small intestine and the footing sucks in places. Despite these feelings, I was still having a nice run and arrived at the spillway in good spirits.