|Mitchell Canyon floor|
|Eagle Peak from Mitchell Canyon Trail|
|Bald Ridge from Mitchell Canyon|
The run was pretty uneventful up Mitchell Canyon. All fire road, after the first 2 miles the real climb begins and continues to Juniper Campground. This is a great place to fill up your water bottle. Next is Juniper Trail, 1 mile and 900 feet of climbing to 3,810 ft. summit. I spent a little bit of time here and then began my descent.
|North Point Trail through the fire zone.|
After about 1.5 of descent you reach Prospector's Gap. Here you are given the choice of either running up to North Peak, down the Gap Fire Road, down Meridian Trail (wide fire trail but has been torn up from the fire equipment), and Bald Ridge Trail.
|Wonderful views from Bald Ridge Trail.|
|Eagle Peak from Bald Ridge Trail|
I was pretty beat by this point and was tempted to drop down Back Creek or take Meridian Trail back to Mitchell Canyon Trail; however, I stuck with the original plan- take the Eagle Peak Trail to Twin Peaks and then down Mitchell Rock trail.
|Bald Ridge Trail from Eagle Point. Back Creek Trail is on the left.|
I would breakdown Eagle Peak Trail into 4 sections - the drop down across the ridge, the climb up to Eagle Peak, the and the descent to the Pine Trail cutoff, and then down to Pine Trail. At the Pine Trail Cutoff you can take another trail to Twin Peaks which connect to Mitchell Rock Trail. I took the first 3 sections then over to Twin Peaks.
|The climb up Eagle Peak.|
By the time I got to Twin Peaks my legs were pretty tired from what was the most technical run that I have had in a while. From Twin Peaks, more single track along the Mitchell Rock Trail, mainly switchback through pine and grasslands. We had taken the kids through this section back in the spring and the wild flowers were beautiful through here. This part of the trail went pretty quick and dropped me back to the staging area.
With 13.6 miles and over 5,100 feet of elevation gain, this was an awesome run. Other than the Mitchell Canyon section, it was all single track and mostly technical. This run has quickly ascended to one of my favorite runs!