Less rocky than the mountain bike section, you can easily make up time on your run if you take the climb in stride and push downhill.
This alternate route is a shortcut of sorts, but what you save in distance (maybe 0.2 miles) you are subjected to in climb (~100 feet). Heading west to east, the initial climb is significant, but the eastern face of the hill gives runners room to run over pretty fair trail. The GRT/NCT shared section follows contours around the hill, and is a more enjoyable section than this alternate route.
Shared By: Kevin Ketchman