The run is an out and back- although can be done as a loop if you wanted to run down the Kootenay Joe road. We ran in the 12.5km rolling up trail to the back of the valley to a point where it starts it's major ascent to connect to the old 4wd track, then followed the the rolling down trail back to the car for a wonderfull 25km trail run.
Fry Creek Canyon looking across Kootenay Lake
The creek was ragging as the spring run-off was in full force. It actually provided a lovely natural air conditioning effect to make for a great run on a warn sunny day.
Bill Harbord ripping up the trails :)
Smiley Liz seams to be enjoying the meadow, the sun and the run
It's hard to believe all the work that went into building the trail as it followed quite a tight canyon where the old time miners must have carved it right out of the rock.
We only crossed one big slide, that looks like brand new, along the trail. You really noticed the temperature difference here as you got a little away from the river.
It actually surprised me that there was 3,300' of climbing as you never really had any sustained ascents, but it wasn't a fast running trail either. Maybe because you don't really want to wipe out if you can avoid it...Right Lex!...or maybe just enjoyed the incrediable beauty of where we live.
Not sure what the next organized run will be as Kokanee Glacier Park and 7summits are probably still 6 weeks out...I did run the Pilot Point trails in Crawford Bay last week and they are really worth the effort to get there- so good in fact I just might have to make another trip there soon as I didn't get the chance to explore all the loops...Hmmm next week? :)
Lex's Garmin information - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/90510646