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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day 4 in Winter Park

We went easy on our legs after the 13 miler, linking a couple of shorter trails near the Elk Creek Road trailhead. Our route started on Elk Creek, turning up the hillside onto what we thought was Sunken Bridges trail. However, we ended up running one of the locals' "contraband" trails - secret stashes of premium singletrack that are "yet to be released" to the public! It was an accidental discovery and was quite enjoyable to run.
We then connected to Zoom trail. As you might expect from the name, hang on for this one. Zoom is one of those trails with the perfect balance of sustainable downhill and wind in your hair that puts a "permagrin" smile on your face. We finished on the bottom end of Chainsaw trail and a short 4.5 mile run. Just enough to move a little blood through the legs and recover from our long run!
It was a perfect day and Byers Peak had a wonderful bluebird backdrop across the meadow. We went for a nice hike with Sage at the Bonfils-Stanton Outdoor Center, which is built with elevated boardwalk-style trails over some wetland areas. There are also parts that are dirt trail, but the neat thing is that the entire main loop is handicap accessible by wheelchair. Winter Park is home to the National Sports Center for the Disabled which provides adaptive recreational outlets for disabled athletes.
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