Last month I received a number of interesting runs, including a few maps. I would like to put together a site for various favorite courses. This month, find a course you enjoy and either send a map, such as the samples below, or a brief description of the course. I will put each one up and hopefully, we will put the courses up on the SRRC site, too.This will give us a reference section for our local runners and visitors. The sites should be between and including Humboldt Redwoods and Prairie Creek State Parks. Although I will not be able to give 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. places, the event will count toward a the Circuit.
Be sure to include your name, age and time along with the course information.
Lavender and I did the old 4th of July course. This is one of my favorite trails because of the ever changing scenery and the variations in the tidal levels. When Lavender and I did on April 24th, the tide was completely out and all the variations in the mud flats were exposed, a flat course good for my age group.
Jim Child's favorite course starts and finishes at HealthSport in Eureka. He says he usually swims a half mile in the pool prior to the run which makes it a good workout.
The Headwaters Forest is one of the nicest runs in our area and is close to Eureka. Follow Elk River Road to the parking lot for the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Paul had a nice experience:
The people (0) were outnumbered by the bobcats (1) on the way out, and the forget-me-nots were in full bloom. This is not a trail for a P.R. since it is undulating but not steep at any location for the first 3 miles and there are 2 landslides to cross 6.1 miles round trip to the bridge. It's 11.5 if you go steep uphill to the old growth forest.
Lanore says this is a combination of all her favorite routes in Fortuna. That's good, because this is a 27.1 mile route that Lanore did in just under 5 hours one day. Fortuna is a great place to run so feel free to break this up into smaller sections.
Dave runs this Arcata Community Forest run from his house, so you may wish to find your own starting point. The run is just over 11 miles with some pretty tough climbs, but it is a rewarding run.
Not being a fan of out-n-backs, I like this loop because ... it is a loop, there is extremely little cross-traffic even though it is all along city streets, and there is a good change of altitude throughout. Starting at the Zoo, head south through Cutten easing right at the Campton corner. There you'll find a long down hill to Fern, followed by a short climb to H Street. Hugging the right side of streets, you'll find your way east on Hodgson heading toward the Park. Turning right on W Street will get you to the Flower Garden and Zoo. It's about 4.25 miles.
For extra distance, do a loop through Sequoia Park or around the Armory & Washington School - each add a mile.
For a more challenging run, reverse the direction shown.
Yvette and Jasper do this run most Sundays.
Start at Hiller Park and run north along the Hammond Trail ... staying close to the ocean at Murray ... while enjoying stunning views of the ocean and a lovely long downhill ... continuing all the way on the road to the bridge/101 overpass at the north end of Clam Beach.
It's only about 5.5 miles ........ one way. The round-trip is necessary for those who haven't mastered teleportation.
My Favorite Runs
(Sing to the tune of My Favorite Things)
Raindrops on noses
Cold mornings with mittens
Bright smiling faces
To join is a pittance
Always a friend who is ready to run
Six Rivers Running Club you are so fun
Forest trails are rad
I simply can’t pick out one favorite run
There’s so many to be had
Out of my driveway
The road it is gravel
Take the next right “at your own risk to travel”
Up the steep hillside with canyons of ferns
Oh how my calves, gluts and hamstrings do burn
Down to the valley
There’re green open spaces
Horses and cows graze with sweet content faces
Back to my own road with one mile to go
Come on and push it don’t want to look slow
Next run’s a road run
The trestle’s above you
Then out to West End the Mad River in view
Though it is lovely the cars do drive fast
How I do wish Rails to Trails comes to pass
Patrick Point’s Run
And then there’s the Hour
The Fourth of July where I love to dress up
At Atalanta you’ll get a flower
Amy Taylor and her family began their run at the Herrick Avenue Park and Ride and ran the Hikshari Trail. Her family turned around and she continued to Del Norte Street, a total of 5.26 miles. Obviously, she had a good run.
This is another beautiful sunny day run. It begins at the end of Truesdale Ave. by Shamus T Bones. The run follows the Humboldt Bay to Elk River. However, you can also run north on the Eureka Waterfront Trail.
This is a very popular and beautiful course. Begin at the parking lot for Clam Beach and run south. The trail becomes Letz Avenue at Airport Road, but then becomes the Hammond Trail again and continues to Arcata Bottoms.
This is one of my favorite runs, so pick a sunny day to run the Trinidad Head and Trails. The scenery is spectacular and the course is a good challenge.
Richard Engel suggested this course. He recommends doing the loop in the direction shown, as doing it the other way would make for some slippery downhill on the single-track section of the South Fork Janes Creek trail, under current rainy season conditions. 4.16 Miles.
Christina Howatt picked a 5K course in the Henderson Area.
Stina, Crystal, Arianna and Patrick-Ross thought you might like to try the Waterfront Trail north of the Adorni Center. It's a flat beautiful run on a sunny day. Starting at the dock and run to Tydd Street and back is very close to a 5K. It is a spectacular run on a sunny day.