That is a map of this training loop. It's semi-challenging run covering almost 5,000 feet elevation change. 7.5 miles is run on pavement and 9 miles on hilly trail. Mile 12 to 14 contains a killer descent on pavement.
The first 5 miles is on pavement and very much flat. The first 1.8 miles is next to pretty active streets and the rest on a non-busy bike lane.
The 91 westbound freeway is actually right next to the bike lane giving a little bit of noise; however, it's very well separated.
At mile 3.58 you'll be officially welcomed to the Chino Hills State Park.
At mile 5 the trail starts and it starts with a strong uphill.
A view back. In the background you can see the Green River Golf Club. Coming from the club to the trail one needs to cross a set of train tracks. Make sure that to be careful doing so watching the tracks both left and right side. The barrier officially marks the entrance of the park.
Along the trail gaining on altitude looking east to Corona.
Once on top of the first uphill, after about half of a mile, I can see all the way back to the starting line. It's a very nice view but it will get better.
Another picture of the view back to the starting line.
This is a view down to the 91 freeway which I just ran along. Next you see a part of the trail I just covered gaining even more on altitude
Still gaining on altitude. The views are simply incredible.
Looking forward you can follow the trail into the distance and yes, that's the trail to run.
I'm still feeling great looking forward running the rest of the trail.
Awesome weather, a great trail with beatiful views --> what else a runner needs?
Some uphills were rather extreme like this one. But that's what I'll find on ultra marathon races so I might as well appreciate it on my training trail run.
This is pretty much on top of the trail looking north. On the lower-left side of the picture you can see a portion of the trail and that's where I'm heading.
I just uploaded Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002 album and I'm listening to it during my whole run. Elton John rocks!!!
This picture is taken down in the valley going west for a few miles just to find the 2nd big uphill which will guide me back to the starting line.
This is about 9 miles into the run. On this part of the run I cover a few bridges. Deep inside the valley the sun is already gone.
This is now into the 2nd major uphill looking back where to the 1st uphill. It's a bit difficult to see but it's the first small hill on the right side behind the shaded hill and in front of the really big one.
Still going uphill gaining on altitude once again. All uphills I actually walk instead of running it since that is the way I would do in an ultra marathon race.
The sun is slowly going down starting to dip the whole park in a golden color.
11.5 miles into the run the sun gets really low and I'm about to leave the trail. I'm glad that I'll hit civilisation in one mile because I don't want to be on the trail after sunset. Chino Hills State Park has a lot of wild animals including mountain lions. Once on a short run I actually saw one about 200 feet in front of me in broad daylight. Luckily that awesome animal turned around and ran away.
The trail ends at the top of Linda Yorba and it's very expensive houses. This one is just to die for. You can also see that the killer downhill has started.
Along this downhill I got my cheering group catching up with me: my family. Here my wife is due since the day before but still having fun going around town. I've got the best family ever!!! From here I'll be home in short 3 miles.