Although I've been feeling more than average recently, I've decided to run the Rubble Creek Classic mountain run tomorrow. It's a tough, but incredibly scenic, little point to point alpine course in Garibaldi park that I've always wanted to do, but have never been around for. The course goes from Chekamus Lake parking lot, up to Helm Creek, Upper Lake trails, Taylor Meadows, Garibaldi lake, and down to the Rubble Creek Black Tusk parking lot. The basic stats are:
Elevation Gain: 1338.4m
Elevation Loss: 1592.8m
Highest Elevation: 1781.6m
Lowest Elevation: 557.4m
Unfortunately, they're calling for deluge like weather, so I don't think the views will be as stunning as they can be and the course will be a muddy/cold mess, but it will be a fun adventure. With a snow dusting last weekend, the alpine running opportunities are quickly running out, so I'm excited for another rip around the mountains.
Here are some pics from the trail on a run & some from a hike up at Blackcomb, that I did a few weeks ago to give you a sense of the area. It's an easy trip from Vancouver and there are lots of good camping and side trips to make a weekend of it up there: