Rogue River Trail

So I’ve been living in Beaverton with my friend and her boyfriend. I’m lucky enough to have her as a pal. I found a job with Oracle doing some decent work and it will allow me to take running vacations. I start on the 23rd, 11 days away.

So next up is the Rogue River Trail. I’ll be using a few of my tax refund dollars to fund this trip; outside of fuel, it shouldn’t be expensive. Food is cheap and I already have the backpack I’ll be using.

So what is the Rogue River trail like? It’s a 40-mile trail that follows the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. The forest service offers a nice little guide, available here. Below is an image of just the trail map that I pulled out of the PDF guide. Also here is the Oregonhikers.org page.

Why is the Rogue River Trail special? It’s a trail that offers incredible riverside views along with minimal elevation gain. That means I can run all 40 miles of it relatively easily with Chard. If I depart early in the morning then time shouldn’t really be an issue. I have a variety of camping options if need be. Depending on the weather swimming is an option just about anywhere.

 

Wildwood Done

Fun time. I had almost no issues, just some mild lower calf cramping. That’s to be expected though. I found a bit of boost at the end which was nice. Chard was Chard which means he had tons of energy left at the end.

I still have the Rogue River Trail to do. I think I’ll be adding the Timberline Trail that goes around Mt. Hood. There are a lot of different routes available for that one.

Wildwood Trail

I will be starting a new job in Hillsboro on April 6th so I’ve got some time to fit in a fun run. I’ve decided to run the entire Wildwood in a few days. It’s 30 or so miles in Forest Park. I figure I can maintain an 11 minute pace so it’ll take me about 5 to 6 and a half hours, maybe? Either way I’ll start sometime in the late morning, get done in the mid afternoon. Chard will be with me so it’ll be a good time.