A few weeks ago I was asked if I could post some pictures of the terrain I run on daily. Some weeks its all barefoot and I am looking for smooth asphalt. But mostly it’s out my front door and into the Santa Clara River Reserve. The trails are quite rugged and as a barefooter I can last for 4 to 5 miles with no shoes — especially if I just do the river bottom. However it does take quite a bit concentration and I cannot go fast. I love to go fast, so the bottom line is that I prefer to do my barefooting runs on asphalt and my back country trail running in my Five Finger KSO’s or Huaraches.
All of the pictures in this post were taken while on a 9 mile trail run yesterday (April 14th 2009) in the Santa Clara River Reserve. The run is combination of four trails. Jacob Hamblin, Graveyard, Black Bush, and Barrel Roll.
The details of the run
It starts at my home and runs past the Santa Clara Cemetery, then on to the Jocob Hamblin Trail. It then crosses Highway 91 then onto a gravel access road to the local power plant. Then you take a right up a hill to Graveyard Trail Head. I then followed this trail down to the river bottom, crossed and climbed out and connected to Black Bush. When you get to the apex of the trail it wants to turn and go down in elevation, but you can continue up in elevation and connect to Barrel Roll. I then take Barrel Roll around to the start of the trail head. You then follow an unmarked trail out until you connect to Highway 91, and then back to the Jacob Hamblin Trail, and home.
Well anyway I hope that you enjoyed the pictures.