Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Diablo Trails Challenge 50K
Three minutes to the start of the April 2018 Save Diablo Trails Challenge 50K!
Green was the theme. Over the last 10 days there had been more than two inches of rain.
Nearing Wall Point at about Mile 4.
The top of the 'Wall Point' climb, about 5.4 miles into the run.
Aid Station #1 at Rock CIty. Next up is a nice stretch of single track downhill on the Madrone Canyon Trail. I was so mesmerized by the downhill, I almost missed the hard left turn about a mile down the trail.
The Devil's Slide Trail connects the Madrone Canyon Trail to Knobcone Point Road at about MIle 7.5. The road is followed for several miles and eventually descends into Curry Canyon. That's Mt. Diablo in the background.
About MIle 9.8 and the first good view of Mt. Diablo and North Peak. There's still a lot of running to do before we get to climb the peaks!
Wide open running in cattle country on the way to the Curry Canyon Ranch Aid Station.
Mt. Diablo Trails Challenge 50K Elevation Profile. Created in SportTracks using my GPS track. Elevations, mileages and placemark locations are approximate. Elevations were corrected using USGS 1/9th arc-sec DEMs.
Runners on the 1000' descent from near Windy Point to Curry Canyon.
Running up Curry Canyon at about MIle 13.1. Photo courtesy of Jen and Brazen Racing. Thank you!
The Half-Marathoners joined us at the Curry Point Aid Station for a stint on the Summit Trail. The is about MIle 16 of the 50K course and Mile 8 of the Half-Marathon course.
Continuing uphill at about MIle 18.2. Only about a mile to the summit!
The Mt. Diablo Summit Aid Station!
This section of the North PeakTrail is one of the most scenic on the course.
Runner descending the North Peak Trail near the Devil's Pulpit.
...and continuing toward Prospector's Gap and North Peak.
Mt. Diablo from near the top of North Peak Road.
Looking back up the road to the turnaround point on North Peak.
Looking down the notorious "slide" section on North Peak Road. This is MUCH steeper than it appears in the photo!
About MIle 23.3 on the very scenic Bald Ridge Trail, about a half-mile from the turn onto Meridian Ridge Road.
Running with Leo near the Burma Crossing Aid Station. Photo courtesy of Sara S. and Brazen Racing. Thank you!
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