“Mother is a rugged trail with a lot of up and down.”
— Markk Knowles
They call this trail Mother....for good reason.
Because it reminds you of a warm bowl of soup, like Mother made? No.
Because even your Mother could breeze through this trail? No.
This trail was named with only a single noun, but a variety of added adjectives will come to mind. Mother is rough and rocky, with a few steep climbs.
The trail is accessed from IMBA, POW or West Leg
from the south or Caldera from the north.
If running from the beginning from West Leg
, after you pass the POW trail connect you'll encounter an optional shortcut to the left down a spooky steep gully; Probably better to just stay right for the more safe option. While there is quite a lot of smooth, pleasant trail to enjoy, you'll encounter more than one section of rough trail.
All in all, the Mother Trail is a great trail, but not one most will run every day.