Vista Verde Skyline Run - Half Marathon
ElevationAscent: 2,352' 717 m
Descent: -2,351' -717 m
High: 2,530' 771 m
Low: 1,757' 535 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Welcome to the BayTrailrunners Vista Verde Skyline Run Half Marathon.”— Robert Rhodes
Race - Oct 26, 2019
At the trailhead for Ipiwa, go left and run along the ridge and check out the gorgeous views that extend out to the coast. Runners will cross over Sunny Jim and follow Ipiwa along Alpine Pond. There is a water stop here so fill up if needed. Follow the ribbons and head through the tunnel to the parking lot for Russian Ridge. Pick up the Ridge Trail at the bathroom and start a gentle climb into a vast expanse of open meadows and rolling hills.
At the Charquin intersection, take a hard left and follow it through the forest and out to the Mindego Hill Fire Road. Once there, go right and stay on course to the peak of Mindego Hill. Aid will be provided at the gates where you gain entry into the preserve. The cows out here are friendly but the young ones can be a bit skittish. If you encounter any, use caution and try to move past them at an unthreatening pace. Pick up your token at the turnaround and hand it off to the aid station volunteer.
Continue along the Mindego Hill Trail/Fire Road all the way up to Alpine Road. Head left and run alongside the parking lot and pick up Ancient Oaks Trail. Enjoy the shady woodlands and continue to the junction with Ridge Trail. Head right and go back through the parking lot and tunnel (more water if needed), run a short distance along Ipiwa Trail and take a left on Sunny Jim Trail. Runners will meet up again with Ipiwa where they will take a left and follow it out to the finish.
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