Top Spots for Runners in the US Part 2
The Great American Runners Road Trip
Spot: Bridge of Heaven Trail
Here we have another tough experience in Ouray, Colorado on the Bridge of Heaven trail. Here you’ll find an eight mile out and back trail that will take you back and forth over scree on Rocky Mountain until you reach a wooded ridgeline that spreads over 12,300 ft stretch. It’s up here that all that inclination will be rewarded with stunning views of 3 separate mountain ranges that will blow you away. Ouray is also a great place to chill out after feeling the burn of the long run, it’s also known as the Switzerland of the US and is well known for its excellent local breweries as well as its natural hot springs, both perfect for unwinding.
Mount Rainer National Park, Washington
Spot: The Wonderland Trail
For those of you that are looking for a longer stay on your trail then the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainer National Park is certainly one you’ll be wanting to pay a visit to. Here at the base of Mount Rainer you’ll find this path and it stretches across an incredible 93 miles, circling it entirely. It’s filled with exciting and changing terrain that’ll prove a challenge. As you make your way around, you’ll pass through coastal rainforest, climb scree fields and see phenomenal volcanic and glacial views, feeling the burn from the 22,000 ft of elevation gain as you go. It’ll take you a few days to make your way around this trail but don’t let that put you off, it’ll be the adventure of a lifetime.
Spot: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Here is a run with a real difference in a place like nowhere on earth. The Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the only in the entire world that you can actually see every volcano type in one place; composite, shield dome, plug dome and shield. You can take an awesome scenic route that tours each of them whilst also displaying some more of that amazing unspoiled wilderness by running the Nobles Emigrant Trail which starts at the Butt Lake Campground and takes you to the Pacific Crest Trail. Whilst running this track you’ll be treated to views of several eye watering lakes and some of the area’s lava beds. Talk about feeling the heat!
Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Spot: Baker Lake Trail
Heading from volcanic heats to snowy chills, the Baker Lake trail is a 12 mile out and back route that’ll take you to a gorgeous alpine lake that’s surrounded by incredible cliffs. Here you’ll get a view of the seemingly endless flat land in the basin, which is just as impressive as any mountain. Here in this national park you can also find Bristlecone Pine trail, it’s a neat little trail that runs just under 4 miles and is home to the planets oldest known living organisms, the Bristlecone Pines which are roughly 4000 years old.