One of the goals of this blog is to document my new adventures with trail running. I’ve only been running trails since the end of March 2015. I’ve always had bad footing and trail running is very scary for me. But I’ve learned a lot since I started training with the Coyotes and running more trails.
The first time I ran this trail was on July 16, 2015. I was too slow to keep up with the runners but a fellow Coyote was late and helped me figure out the path. That was really helpful because this trail can be a bit confusing for a new trail runner. There are several different paths to take.
The trail begins in the park. At about half a mile in, there’s a junction, as you can enter the trail from the other direction. The junction has this sign:
You can either go up the steps to the left or continue on the trail to the right. We went to the right. (We came down those steps at the end of the trail when we headed back to where we started.)
The trail has some incline, a good amount, actually. 1,072 feet of elevation gain. I was surprised our coach wanted us to run this for our recovery run but I know it’s what we needed!
I liked these rock formations on the trail. So pretty! I wanted to stare at them longer but we had to get going.
After the rock area (which is what I’m calling it), you cross a bridge. Then there’s some climbing to do! We went up the mountain and at the top, we came to the Bienvenida sign.
At this point, there were several paths to take. We went to the left, toward the ocean, on the Bienvenida trail. From here, we headed down the trail. At one point, we were climbing again and it seemed like we were going the wrong way since we heading up but eventually, we were descending once more. There were some sections that were narrow, too.
At another intersection, you can take two paths. We headed toward Sunset, toward the right. From here, we got to run down and it was fun! When I ran this in July, I was afraid going down. There was a guy hiking up the trail and I said hi and did a double take. I wondered if it was who I thought it was. Seconds later, Coach Jimmy came flying down and asked if I saw Benicio del Toro. It was him! I wasn’t sure since I was focusing going down the trail. Star sighting on the trails! 🙂
Temescal is a busy trail. There were lots of hikers on this day and many when I was here before. The trail is about 4 miles and it’s a challenging 4 miles. You can add on extra at one of the intersections but I didn’t run that this time.
I like this trail a lot. It’s not technical yet offers a good amount of climbing. It can be a little hard to navigate on your own but it’s basically a lollipop loop. The parking is easy, too. There’s parking in the park for a fee or free street parking along Sunset Blvd or Temescal, by the high school.
I had a great run with friends and look forward to coming back and running it a bit faster. I was definitely more confident running the downhills this time and I’m not as scared as I was before. I am measuring my improvement in scare factor and confidence. I know I’m getting stronger, slowly but surely!
Your path, your pace, Tam