To The Top, Again

Back in February, I took my friend Kerry to the top of Mt. Diablo as part of her Bay Area Bucket list.  I hadn’t been back to the summit since that day, mostly because I was training for AR50, then recovering from it.  It’s a pretty tough run, so I never wanted to risk being really sore during training, mostly from coming down the mountain.  So,  although I run on the Diablo trails all the time, I hadn’t been all the way up in some time.

Until this weekend!

Kristin, Sima and I have had it on our to do list for the summer and after some planning, we finally had a date that worked for all of us.  Jessica was able to come too, and I was really excited to take my friends up the mountain for their first time! 

We started off early Saturday morning to try to beat some of the heat, and just so we weren’t out there all day… because this run takes a while!   


I see bunnies quite often but have never been able to get a picture of one.  This bunny is so much cuter than the giant gross rattlesnake we saw later in the day.

I took the girls on some of my favorite single track trails that wind up the mountain.  There are definitely some tough sections that are pretty steep, so there was a good part of this that was hiking (but hiking is just a form of trail running, right?).  Every time we would come to an opening I would point out how far they had already come.

We started way down there!

And of course, reminded them of where we were going.

We are going way up there!

Slowly but surely we made our way up the mountain… gaining elevation with every step.  A few miles later we were one trail from the Summit Trail.


Then, less than 2 more miles later, we were finally at the sign we had been climbing all morning for.


It was a gorgeous day in the Bay Area and you could see forever from the top.  We filled up our water and took in the hard earned views for a few minutes before the real hard part: heading back down.

Me, Sima, Jessica and Kristin

We took a slightly shorter way down, which also meant it had some steep sections!  I always think this is the really hard part.  When you already have tired quads from going up for so long, it’s not easy to control going down steep trails with loose dirt.  It was getting pretty warm, but we made it back to the car after just over 11 miles and almost 4,000’ of elevation gain.

That’s a mountain!

I was so proud of my friends for pushing through and getting to the top.  This was even Kristin’s first real trail run!  I told them anything else I take them on will (probably) not be this hard.  But you know I can’t promise that for sure.  The really hard runs have such great rewards. 

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13 Responses to To The Top, Again

  1. greengirlrunning August 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Wow! That looks like an awesome trail run! Beautiful :)

  2. Page August 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    So so fun! Can’t wait until I can run it by your side!

  3. Kristen August 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    What a gorgeous day! There is nothing like the view from the top of Mt. Diablo. Looks like you girls had a great time!

  4. Laura@RunningJunkie123 August 21, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Wow. That looks like a SERIOUS trail. You girls should be proud!

  5. The Runners Bug August 21, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Awesome! I’m so jealous of you for having such wonderful places to run.

  6. Kristen August 21, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Beautiful! What a great way to spend time with friends :)

  7. Anna August 21, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    That is one amazing trail run. I couldn`t do it on my own but with great friends this would be awesome!

  8. Sima August 21, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    YAY! I had a really good time, but wow, what a challenge. I am so glad to now be able to say I’ve ran/hiked to the summit of Mt. Diablo, especially with the MRC! So much for being scared of hills, right?!?!

  9. Nelly August 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Nice run! The big peak near my house is Mission Peak – I need to get out to do it sometime.

    And crazy that Kristin’s first trail run is a 4000 feet elevation gain run, lol

  10. Paulette @paulettezf August 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Impressive run – I’ve hiked this and it is not an easy one. Great photos!

  11. Marlene August 22, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Awesome! Looks like a great day out on the trails with the girls. Nice work, ladies!

  12. Christine August 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Breathtaking views!! How long did it take you?


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