I let a lot of things slide around finals time, but getting out on the trails is not one of them. What’s my secret? The secret is I can bust out some trail miles in under an hour, including travel time, because I’m within 5-20 minutes of at least a dozen trails. Not particularly useful advice, I know, so hopefully you came for the pictures. Let’s do some show and tell of my weekday trails.
This is one of my most-traveled trails because it’s within running/walking distance of campus. Parts of the trail wind through residential areas, but it also takes you through aspen groves and along a creek. The one-way length is something like 1.5 or 2 miles, yet there are enough little side trails connecting that I’ve put in up to 8 mile runs there (part of that being to/from the trail).
I went here for the first time last week to get in a quick run – the trail is a <3 mile loop. It’s short, but, it turns out, not quick. I didn’t give much thought to the “hill” part of the name because it’s located barely outside of town; it has ~600 feet of elevation gain in the first mile. So, not so quick, but the uphill climb means great views!
I took the husband and dog here for a post-work hike a couple weeks ago. The full trail is 8 miles one-way and ends at an alpine lake; we did about 4 miles total this time, and the lake will have to wait for a full day and/or backpacking trip. The trail climbs gradually into the mountains and follows Bozeman Creek. Even the lower portion we hiked gives that “in the mountains” feeling. A perk of living at northern latitudes is the summer daylight hours; we would have had plenty of time for another 2-3 miles before dark, we just turned around because we were hungry! Snacks are important, especially if you’re hiking at your usual dinner time.
Do you have weekday trails?
What’s your midweek escape?