We'd caught some light rain driving down and arrived at Pioneer Mail trailhead shortly after 8am to find blustery, cold conditions with fog and low clouds threatening rain. Donning warm clothes, I packed a shell and we got started around 8:30am.
We headed west from the Sunrise Hwy down the Pine Mountain Trail to Pine Creek Road and on to Deer Creek. Scotty's turn-by-turn directions were excellent; still we missed the Noble Canyon trail turnoff, but we got ourselves sorted out using Tim's gpx track, which I'd loaded onto my iPhone with the USGS topos using GaiaGPS. By the time we got to the Noble Canyon trailhead the clouds had burned off and the day was crisp, clear and blustery. We shed our cold weather clothes and cruised up the Noble Canyon trail.
The views were amazing:
|View east towards Penney Pines from Noble Canyon|
|On the PCT|
Fantastic running on the PCT....All told we covered 30 miles. The course was stunning; the conditions were perfect. A memorable day. The trail itself is very technical single track with many sections with loose stones - its clear that the SD100 is a challenging course that demands one's full attention.