With any singletrack of consequence shut down in Sun Valley until at least March, this meant only one thing, a hike up and run down the local ski hill, Bald Mountain (aka Baldy). Given the slow start to my winter training, I modified my usual route, cutting about two and half miles off by starting and ending on the River Run side of the mountain. For those who may care: I went up Lower River Run then over to College to the top; then down I80 to the full Olympic cat track and back down Lower River Run - for a total of 7.5 miles and 3200 vertical feet (full details and map, here).
Of course, I took my camera along to capture the spirit of the morning and maybe to entice some fellow runners on the next outing. It really was a stunning day.
|Light traffic on Lower College.|
|Further up College looking over the Pioneer Mountains, including |
Cobb, Old Hyndman, and the very top of Hyndman.
|Skinners just cresting Upper College |
under a waning crescent moon.
|Top of the world.|
|Heading down I80 nearing College.|
|Cruising down Olympic.|