trail running
10 days ago

Last time I ran here, I started on the north/east side of the big loop, and came down the south/east side seemed like it'd be a challenge to run up. Well, this time I started on the south/west side, and discovered that it was actually easier. When I got to the very back part of the trail, on the service road beneath the huge powerlines, I kept going on the service road. You'll hit a gate, cross the neighborhood street, then through the gate agin, and if you keep going down the trail (the trail is every easy to follow, it's the only trail back here), you eventually get to another gate and, going through it, you'll be at the back of St Edwards park. Want some more mileage, more elevation change, more loose rocks, leaves to the face, huff'n and puff'n? Run around St Edward's a bit. The trail between the Loop and St Edward's Park is more of the same- single track, skinny and wide, rocks and tree limbs a dirt an etc.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

trail running
15 days ago

To find the trail head, you gotta go southwest on Lakewood Dr. Go past the first clear parking on the left. Rather soon, the trees will break and you'll see the Bull Creek park on your left. Got rest rooms, a creek to play in, some picnic tables, a volleyball net, and even a mini canyon (canyon like, at least) place to play. But the trailhead is just past the Volleyball net, not towards the creek but more towards the road (west side of the creek)- if you cross the creek here, the trails go multiple ways, and it's hard to even find the trailhead at first.

The trail this time around was rather muddy, but I don't mind. On this section- the section between the park and the first 360 overpass, you'll have some signage. But the trail also has just enough intersections to confuse you. Don't worry, if you take a wrong turn, it seems they all lead back to the main trail (remember, this is the west side of the creek trail).

After the overpass, you'll be more in the jungle-ish area. After unning awhile longer, you'll get to some open area where the creek widens out- on a nice day people will often be swimming there- and after a scramble up some rocks, you'll have a little ways until you can hit the restrooms. But first...

To get on the east(south) side of the creek, you can do it the easy way- cross the road, and the creek will get way shallow and skinnier, and you're able to hop across, take a right just past all the weeds, and you'll hit the trail again. The way easy way- just wade through the low water crossing on the road, and the parking lot with the restrooms will be on your left.

Going back on the east side of the creek: be very careful to stay close to the creek, unless you want to run some uphill miles. Many intersections, the trail will go up the hills, and you could end up running the Valburn trail system longer than you'd want. But hey, that's why these trails out here are fun!

Anyway, on this side of the creek it's less jungle-like, and more woods-like. You'll constantly be saying, "hey, I was just there" as the creek is not too wide. But it's fun to run both side, as both are unique. When you see some signs, you know you're getting close to the park, and soon you'll have to take a right and head towards the creek, for the end of the trail.

trail running
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

Trail running here again. As said before, signage is a bit lacking, and no hills really (though the Valburn trail system just to the east of loop360 has all the hills you need). But other than that, it's got everything a trail runner wants.

Diverse terrain: Grass, dirt, woods, small rocks, large rocks, loose rocks, completely nothing but rock with "pot holes" via erosion, shallow creeks, deep creeks, dry creek beds (the "completely nothing but rock" areas), and even a area with a sheer overhang covered with moss and ferns, the water dripping onto your head from above (not a water fall, small drops- it's pretty cool).
Diverse elevation: Like I said no large hills, but plenty of ups and downs, some short climbs, some climbs with rocks some with roots some with just the dirt.
Diverse scenary: Green woods, old woods, dry creek, full creek, some fields, some spots of the highway even if that's your thing. The best scenery is, I think, either the spot halfway between loop 360 and Bull Creek District park with the overhang/ferns/water droplets (I don't know the name of that type of geological feature), or else the very large spots of dry creek bed with all the pot holes via erosion.

This place is also rather popular for people to just play in the creek, let their dogs roam a bit, or bring the family and the portable grill and lounge by the creekside. It's always fun to see a group of people's faces when I come out of nowhere: they're chilling in their lawn chairs, shooting the breeze, watching kids play in the water, then suddenly this tall dude pops out of the woods, lunging across the rocks, jumping into the creek or else disappearing back into the woods. And oh, there are rest rooms, water fountains, and benches at the beginning, middle, and end of the greenbelt.

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