UPDATE: Yes it's true, we asked some boyscout leaders who were on the Mineral Creek trail with some scouts for some directions. Our map while limited was better than theirs. We also used a "lifeline" and called Rob "Rattler" Hester for some help finding our way from the French Cabin Creek AS to Silver Creek AS. This is where the road caused us some confusion. I should include our chance meeting in the North Bend parking lot at Starbucks in the morning. We ran into "Slug" and "PoSSuM" (Marathon Maniacs) on their way to Yakima for a run and a family visit.
Yesterday Steve, Jamal, and I ran the last 1/3 of the Cascade Crest course. The course was designed by the devil himself and it totally kicked my ass (I thought it, I may as well write it). Garmin logged 12,000 foot of climbing over 28 miles.
- Bambi nearly got flattened on the drive to the trail head
- Many big fat chipmunks
- One big doe that Jamal got really close to as it bounded in front of him.
- Two frogs in a creek past French Cabin Creek.
Did I say we saw some incredible views?
The second half of Cascade Crest is obviously the toughest of the course. I’ll need to conserve some energy in the first half to keep the forward motion going in the second half.
We came to the end of our run at Kachess Ridge trail head where we had parked the shuttle car. We soaked our legs in a nearby stream and headed to J-Berry's in North Bend for dinner. This run gave me a much better idea of what I'm up against. I have utmost respect for any runner who has completed this course. It's one brutal challenge. Thanks to Steve for his navigational skills, and Jamal for showing us how to power hike up those Cardiac Needles.