Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ontario ~ Wildcat Mountain

Wildcat Mountain has some of the best running trails within an hours radius of Norwalk and possibly some of the best in the state! The only problem with the trails is horses are allowed on several of them. If you want to get any distance in you will either need to run smaller loops or run the horse trails. On the plus side the views on some of the horse trails are amazing!

The trails vary between single track and double. They offer everything you're looking for; switchbacks, climbs, flats and some of the most difficult trails around. A few more bathrooms would be nice but with all the woods it's not necessary.

Wildcat Mountain is 13 miles from Norwalk.

During the winter make sure to check out the ice cave. Although not a true cave it is truly cool!

The map shows my longest run at Wildcat Mountain 13.49 miles and there are still several miles of trail that I didn't run.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Westby ~ Jersey Valley Park

This is where it all started for me. I was training for the Schmidt Faced 50k and thought maybe I should get off the streets and do some trail running before than. The park was recommended to be by a couple of the fat tire guys. The area has a very active bike club so don't be surprised to see them here. I've yet to see any of them while I've been running but there is always sign of them.

Each loop around the park is about 3.4 miles but can be varied as there are alternate routes to be ran. The trails are mostly double track with a few narrow areas mixed in. The trail has some nice elevation changes, switchbacks and flat fast areas. The park also has a nice beach for after your run.

If you happen to go off course to be surprised to end up at Living Waters Bible Camp. Although they have no problems with you running through their land they ask you check in while doing so.

Jersey Valley County Park is located 3 miles northeast of Westby on County Rd. X. It's 18 miles from Norwalk.

Living Waters Bible Camp

 The elevation shows two laps around the park.