Heading West, A Trail Sampler Menu

Last June we took a trip to the West Coast of the United States, to Portland, Oregon to visit our friends (who are like family!) Deb and Dan; and then we flew down to San Ramon, California to visit our family (who are also friends!) Debbie and Jack. Instead of doing a spring race, we decided to have this vacation with, among other things, a lot of trail running in new and fun places.

We put together this ‘menu’ of the runs we did, from the seemingly endless options we had tempting us every day. From the Oregon Coast to the Columbia River Gorge; from admiring the volcanic mountains of the Cascade Range to getting up high in the Sierra Nevada; from the unique and beautiful jewel of the East Bay Area, Mount Diablo, to the cool redwoods of Oakland; we had a very satisfying overall experience to launch us into the rest of our year.


1) Just Add Water: Ecola State Park, OR With a heat wave hitting the state, we decided to go to the coast, though it ended up being just as crazy hot there. On the way, we were treated by Deb and Dan to a loop of the iconic Michael Johnson track for a warmup. After seeing videos of many former Olympian track runners doing workouts here, it was awesome to take a little jog around the oval. Then we proceeded to the trails of Ecola State Park, and although the sun was scorching, there was ample shade to take cover under. From the main parking lot to Indian Beach, Clatsop Loop trail to Tillamook Rock lighthouse observation point.

Distance: 8 km

Elevation Gain: 430 m