“Don't forget to eat your mountains for breakfast!”
— Em Blum
Birding · Spring · Views · Wildlife
This loop heads up a very steep climb on paved Gale Mountain Rd, across the lovely John's Pasture Rd, and then down the unpaved Pomello Dr. It can be combined with the Claremont Loop for a longer run.
Runners can start from anywhere along the Thompson Creek Trail
, but there is free parking at the northernmost end of Indian Hill Blvd or at La Puerta Park. While heading NE on Thompson Creek, hang a left over the bridge at the Girl Scout horse barn. Take an immediate right towards the gate and there is a narrow, somewhat hidden trail going over a small hill to the left. Follow the unpaved E. Pommello Drive
road until it splits.
Take the right at the paved fork and get ready to work. The climb up Gale Motorway
is steep and challenging, but you are rewarded with a nice run along the lovely Johnson Pasture Rd. Keep taking left turns to complete the loop and end up where you started. This loop is much less crowded and prettier than Claremont Loop. For runners looking for other options, there are many variations or add-ons to add some variety to your run.
Flora & Fauna
Have only seen one rattlesnake in two years. Lots of birds, and some black-tailed deer and coyotes