I was very fortunate to get to do a trail run at Deception Pass State Park. What a beautiful place it is! My adventure included all of the things that make trail running awesome for me...single track trails, roots, rocks, amazing views, water all around, only slight weather variations, challenging climbs, and close enough to civilization to be able to do it solo. My friend had to cancel due to an injury - so I ventured out on my own to preview some of the 25k course we will be doing next month.
The entire 25k route consists of 6 "lollipops" which all connect throughout the park. I started with lollipop #2 and was surprised to see the roots and rocks on this trail which is so close to the West beach and the bridge - accessible by lots of people. I could see the bridge in the distance, and of course the trail climbed up towards the bridge.
The next 2 lollipops took me to Lottie Bay (lots of elevation) and to Lighthouse point. In my past visits, I had never been out to Lighthouse Point and was excited to check it out.
The next lollipop took me out to Rosario Head, again a place I had never been. It felt like this trail went straight up and had a fun loop at the end with a surprise wood carving.
My last lollipop was going to be the hardest - I had heard about this climb that happens near the end of the 25k, so I had to run it (or walk it). I ran back over the bridge and had to hold on to my hat this time - as the wind had really picked up, then I went to the Goose Rock Perimeter trail.
The Goose Rock area delivered as promised - a steep climb that seemed to last forever on tired legs (mile 10 at this point)! But then back under the bridge and back to the starting point for an amazing adventure! Only one wrong turn that was easily corrected, 11 miles, and 2000 feet of elevation! I am excited for my 25k next month - bring on the trails!