North Umpqua Trail FKT Planning

My next challenge is going to be the 80 mile North Umpqua Trail.

This trail is a bit special to me. I’ve spent a lot of time on this river but only explored about a third of the actual trail. Terrain wise the trail varies a good amount. The eastern end is up in the Cascades and goes into the river valley as you go west. I’m running downhill on purpose to make it a bit easier but also so my ride doesn’t have to drive as far.

I’ve created a caltopo route for this run. I’ve also put the elevation and slope profiles below so everyone can get a better idea of what it’ll be like.

I’ll have drop bags along the course at various trailheads. Inside the drop bags will be things like Squirrel’s Nut Butter, socks, batteries(at the overnight trailheads) and calories.

Nutrition wise I’ll most likely do cliff bars, nuts and seeds, and possibly some hot food for the overnight portion. Lots of salt too.

I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress of this run. As it looks now I might go do a large portion of it tomorrow. My goal is to run all 80 miles in one go unsupported. This would be an FKT I believe. I can’t find any evidence of running the entire trail.

Below are some photos from previous trips down there.

McKenzie River Trail

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So this last weekend my friend and I decided to run the McKenzie River Trail. It’s a 26 mile trail that goes along the McKenzie River. You get to experience a couple lakes, reservoirs, water falls and tons of amazing bridges.

The McKenzie River Trail has been on my bucket list since I started running. My father and grandfather both grew up along this river. They were the original McKenzie River Rescue team.

The day started off pretty well. It was very cold, probably around 29 or 30F. My truck’s mirrors were covered in ice as was my radio antenna.

As you can see above out time was a bit over 5 and a half hours. I’m pretty happy with that. We could both do quite a bit better, I believe, but we were just out there for the miles and experience. The elevation gain is pretty far off I’m sure.

The entire run was pretty much what I expected. I had a little bit of knee pain that persisted for a day but nothing serious. Overall it was a very fun run and I’m excited to check off a couple more trails before winter really gets here.

Hopefully I’ll have a few exciting developments to announce soon. We’ll see!

This would be fun.

There’s an old railway that a group is attempting to turn into a trail/path. It’s called the Salmonberry Railroad and it goes from Tillamook to Banks through the Tillamook State Forest. It’s a very interesting area. It even has an old abandoned railroad town called Enright.

I’ve been on the railroad before. Sarah and I ran from Lower Salmonberry Trailhead to Enright. The Lower Salmonberry Trailhead is actually the NW part of the trail. It’s the lower section of the Salmonberry River though.

I want to go the opposite direction that Sarah and I did. So I’d start at Cochran Pond and goto the Lower Salmonberry Trailhead. It would be about 15.5 miles one way so a cool 50k out and back. The rivers and creeks are salmon spawning grounds and I think it could be quite an experience to fish without a hook here. I wouldn’t need much equipment or nutrition so I could go for a pretty light pack. I could get away with just food, clothes, collapsible fishing pole and a couple lures.

The railroad is closed and so this would be trespassing. It’s closed because of danger from mud slides that washed away the ground beneath parts of the railroad. I don’t see this as very dangerous so I’ll most likely go ahead with it.

Below are photos from my previous trip out there and the caltopo map I built for the route.

Silver Falls 50k

This was a super fun event!

It started off pretty uneventful. My drive down there was pretty standard. I got up at 4am for a 7:30am start. I arrived with about a half hour to spare. My nerves seem to have kept me from emptying myself which lead to some issues during the race.

I started off decently well. I figure I was somewhere in the top 35 for the first 10 or so miles. I was feeling pretty good. My stomach issues started off around mile 10 judging by my Strava pace. In the first 15 miles it appears I stopped 3 times which matches. I had some mild calf cramping as well somewhere around mile 20 to 23. Some downhills shook that out and the rest of the race went pretty well.

I need to figure out my stomach issues with these early morning starts. I can definitely take quite a bit of time off this event next year.

Overall Time: 5:57:56
Overall Finish: 60 of 156
Age Finish: 9 of 17

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