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2013-07-21 8:09 PM

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Subject: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!
Hi there neighbors!

Coming into town this week and I need to keep my run plan rolling forward.

Couple of quick questions...

DENVER METRO

I ran Cherry Creek State Park last year, but can't remember, are there water fountains along any of the trails?

Was also thinking of catching Cherry Creek Trail south (need to get 13 miles in). Are there any water stations along the trails heading into Parker?

As well, there a good place to catch the trail short of parking at 24HR and running across Parker Rd? (which is what I did last time)


GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Is the rest stop the only possibility for water on that trail? (no I don't want to drink the Colorado ). Worst case scenario I will just run 2 out and back's from the to refuel. (it's a 17 mile day)
Also, anyone know what the lighting is like on that trail? I need to get started by 6am, but I imagine w/ the canyon and the highway above, there may not be a lot of natural light at that time of the morning.

THANKS!!
-Heather


2013-07-21 10:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!
Hey Heather!
There aren't drinking fountains on the CCSP trails, though there are rest areas throughout the park that have them. So if you plan your loop according to where those are (should be on the park map) you'll probably be OK. South into Parker I think you're at the mercy of the local parks along the route, but having only rolled through on bike I cant recall much.

Should be enough daylight in Glenwood Canyon on the trail, but wear bright clothes FBO any serious cyclists out there; the sections under the highway are lighted, I don't think you'd need a headlamp but go with your comfort (might want to bring a camera) . We camped at No Name on the 4th(3 miles East of the Hot Springs), its ~13 miles from the campground to the east end and there are 3 (maybe 4?) rest areas along the route, so you should be ok there.
Another run option while in Glenwood is to go to the Rio Grand trail-head in Carbondale and go south along the Roaring Fork, in case you have more than one run planned while you're there.
Have a great trip
2013-07-23 8:35 AM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!
THANKS STEVE!

I suppose at Cherry Creek I can just run in circles until I hit my mileage.

I thought about the Rio Grande (I think there's even a trail that runs from Glennwood to Carbondale, my sister used to commute in on it) but I had a few worries, like running uphill as I head south and population on the trail both 2 and 4 legged of nature. lol Suppose I should run w/ my pepper spray irregardless.

I checked it out, and our hotel is just a few blocks from the trail head, so I think I'll stick to the Co River Trail and just stage some refills in the car (and pray that my husband doesn't leave with the kids before I finish.)
2013-07-23 5:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!

At cherry creek, if you park on the west side at Cherry Creek High School, you enter the part at the South West Entrance.  Then if you run around to the North West side and back you will have 12 miles on road, probably 13 on the trail (never done that, only ridden on road).  See pictures.

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2013-07-23 5:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!

At cherry creek, if you park on the west side at Cherry Creek High School, you enter the part at the South West Entrance.  Then if you run around to the North West side and back you will have 12 miles on road, probably 13 on the trail (never done that, only ridden on road).  See pictures.

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2013-07-29 7:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!
AWESOME! THank you so much for the maps! Sorry, I didn't get them earlier, but I will save them (as that I'm out here occasionally).
I had an awesome run for a few miles last Thur, but was so tired from Kiss Me Dirty set up and tear down that I slept in and hung out w/ my kiddo's this morning. I think tomorrow I will either head out to Cherry Creek or just hit Tower and run to Powerline Trail, maybe run up Buckley to Mexico (dreading those rollers).



2013-08-07 11:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Out of Towner looking for Running Miles!
if you come out again before mid september let me know.
I live 2 miles from a walk/cycle entrance and you could park at my house and run with me into the reservoir that way.
There are lots of trails out there but i've gotten lost myself as well.. No water really.. i think i saw a fountain once but it was shut off..
i am planning 10 today and will cross parker road at one section coming out and hit the gas station if i need more water then i'm gonna carry.
i ran from the east side which starts 2 miles from my house, all the way to the marina.. and only had 1 bottle of water and it was hot.. bad idea.. had a few bucks and got water/popcycle there.. then got lost, finally made it back to the gas station on parker and ate 2 salt packets because i was so light headed..
so make sure you carry water/salt, because not really any out there..
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