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Why pound pavement when you can hit the trails?

It always boggles my mind when Iand#8217;m driving somewhere in town and see people running down the street. When a surplus of amazing trails are just out our back door, why pound the pavement if you donand#8217;t have to?

So, for those of you not in the know, Iand#8217;m going to share two of my favorite local trails.

The first is and#8220;The Animal,and#8221; aka Prosser Hill OHV Area. At 9 miles, this is one of the greatest loops around. Starting from the Donner picnic area, you cross the highway and head up.



The initial climb is just over 4 miles, followed by a short saddle and then into another 1-mile climb. The rest is all downhill. There are rewards of views after the climbs and challenging descents that have head-high manzanita on both sides, which creates an almost mouse-trap feel on the way down. You earn about 1,700 feet of elevation gain in this run. It is a challenging run, but isnand#8217;t that the point?

Another favorite is the Negro Canyon trail. This is an access arm of the Donner Rim Trail. Itand#8217;s a beautiful section of trail, recently cleaned up by the Truckee Trails Foundation, that runs either up to the Castle Peak area for the long days or to the Drifter Hut, 2.25 miles up, for a quick run. I often choose the latter. Both the climb and return trip down are so much fun.



Notice a theme here? Living in Truckee, you must embrace running hills. They are everywhere, even the commemorative Emigrant Trail. Donand#8217;t avoid them. They will make you a stronger runner.

Next time, weand#8217;ll discuss in more detail the importance of fueling your body while running. You need gas in the tank to get from A to B.

and#8212; Peter Fain is a local trail runner who competes regularly in regional trail races from half-marathon to 50 miles and snowshoe runs in the winter.


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