Sunday, September 14, 2008

Salt Fork Run-Purple Trail

Today was another nice day for a trail run. This time I headed to Salt Fork State Park, to tackle the "purple" trail. This bridle trail leads down by the lake. I haven't run on it in over a year..I don't know why! I'll be back again!

Despite getting rain for a few hours yesterday, I guessed that the trails would have sucked all the water up, and I was correct, but for some small areas of shoe sucking mud, the trail was just pretty much nice firm, spongy dirt!

I came across this guy about three miles in, I nearly ran into him:

This is a 3 foot black snake. I was kind of suprised to see him out so late in the season, but it is a nice hot day, so he must have just been enjoying the warmth.

A thing of beauty!

I was really having a good time out on this trail. There hasn't been much improvements to the trail itself, which is in pretty good shape, but the blazing has been redone, AND there are now mile markers! I couldn't remember how far this trail went, and now it's more convenient.

The biggest drawback is the lack of water available. Now that I know the distance, I can stash water on the trail around mile 9...which on an 11 mile run, doesn't do me so much good.
So NEXT TIME I run there, I bring this!

I bought this water filter in the spring, for Salt Fork, and haven't bothered with it. I mean, there is a lake right beside me! The water bottle is slightly larger than the usual 20 oz bottle I carry, but I think I can manage it.

Maybe sometime this fall, in October or November, I can get a group of runners to come over and run these new trails!


  1. I was checking out Salt Fork's website. Looks like a great place. I'll have to check it out sometime.

  2. Let me just say that if you or anyone is ever with me when I encounter a snake, STAND BY! I fear that little motha' more than any 100 mile race! That's my Achilles' heal! Stay away!

    See you Saturday!

  3. Salt Fork sure looks like a nice place to run. I use to go buy there all the time, but never have been on the trails.


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