The Thanksgiving-week blizzard is history. Warm(er) temperatures and rain have washed away most of the lower-elevation snow. This is good for runners, but bad for skiers/snowboarders.
I've been looking at the John Wayne Pioneer Trail for the past week. This is the trail that I ended my Run Across Idaho on, and it crosses nearly 300 miles of abandoned railroad grade in Washington. I'm brewing an idea that I might run the entire trail (plus some) during an upcoming summer.
Anyway, while mapping out the route I noticed a section of the trail not too far from me (1 hour drive) that ran along a 7-mile stretch of a lake called Rock Lake. Hadn't heard anything about this, but I'm always up for a new and interesting place to run. And because the snow had melted dramatically over the past couple weeks, I thought it would be safe to give it a try.
|Sadie leading the way along the abandoned railway grade|
that's now the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
|The lake and trail are spectacular! |
Unbelievable that I've never heard anyone say,
"Hey Scott, you should go run that trail above Rock Lake - it's spectacular!"
|Crossing an old bridge.|
|There were two tunnels along the section I ran.|
|It gets darker before it gets lighter.|
(Thanks iPhone Flashlight app!)
|Sadie above Rock Lake.|
|Sadie giving me a mini heart-attack on the cliff's edge.|
Running through heavy, wet, icy snow (video):
|Another amazing view from an old bridge.|
This bridge challenged my fear of heights.
|A couple miles past rock lake is the picturesque Pine Creek.|
This was at 10 miles and my turnaround point.
Running back along the lake and across a rickety old bridge (video):
Sadie is such a smart girl, but I think that would give me a heart attack too! Have fun at the little 50K :-)ReplyDelete
Looks like a great run, especially when the snow clears.ReplyDelete
See you for the race this weekend.
Sadie leads the way! You are one lucky guy!! I would make that hour drive without question. Heck, I did do that several weekends a month when I was training for MMTR.ReplyDelete
wow, can't wait to hear about this adventure!ReplyDelete
Wow Scott - it looks stunning out there!ReplyDelete
It it kinda crazy to think that you hadn't heard of this place before. It sure looked like a beauty of a run.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your photo's and video, cool stuff.ReplyDelete
Me and tess are making a video tonight running through the sand dunes in pitch dark trying out my new super powerful 'MAGICSHINE' headtorch!:]
what an adventure! and i say that is great talent running while recording and running over a rickety old bridge.ReplyDelete
Fantastic run! I'm a total train geek and those photos of the old bridge and tunnels are just amazing!ReplyDelete
Did your adventure start at the Hole-in-the-Ground Road?ReplyDelete
Looks like an amazing discovery! Thanks for the pictures.ReplyDelete
What a great discovery! But if you were a little nervous on some of those high places, how would I do?ReplyDelete
Just found your blog through my frined Ginny, great read and fun videos and what a find! Such a beautiful place Rock Lake is. Cheers!ReplyDelete
What am amazing trail!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
i didnt know there was a trail at Rock Lake. We've been there once. We usually just head straight to Sprague when we go through that area.ReplyDelete
Sorry to dredge up an old post but i've been cooking up a run from the Idaho border to golden gardens Seattle via the John Wayne and connector trails. Would love perspective from someone who has done it. Did you ever undertake this?ReplyDelete
Thanks for the blog. Great running reads!
I haven't done the full crossing yet. It's still on my wishlist though.
Sorry to post on a dated post, but can you describe where to park? I am in Spokane and would love to hike the Rock Lake trail.ReplyDelete
Here's where I always parked. https://goo.gl/maps/pbpCt4yAAZzDelete
There's a little pullout to park in and then you just hop the fence and head north.
It's been three years since I've lived there, so I can't confirm about current permit requirements, etc. This section next to Rock Lake is one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy!