Mileage - 10.2
Time - 1:49
AEG - 1995ft
In an attempt to complete the entire Crystal Springs Regional trail from end to end, I set out today to cover the southernmost segment leading into Huddart Park. From the parking area off of Canada road, just west of the 280 freeway, I began my journey into the unknown. Okay, that was a little dramatic, but it was all new territory. I enjoyed a nice, level mile long warm up before taking a right turn and heading uphill abruptly into the forest. This next mile basically followed a horse trail through a neighborhood of upscale homes and ranches interspersed among the trees until I reached the park boundary. Then the fun began.
The Crystal Springs trail continues into Huddart, though it's no longer part of the 15-mile regional trail system. Deeper into the forest I went, running a counter clockwise loop that would eventually connect to the Dean trail and bring me back to where I started five miles later. How did I know where I was going? Remember that website from the San Mateo County Parks? That's how. Back to the run. Imagine flying in between giant redwoods like a scene out of the Return of the Jedi, that's how I felt cruising the downhill sections. The uphill portions were gentle and I ran most of those too. All around, great run and one of those that you're sad to see end.
A view from the trail head near Canada Road