Trail Running the Cutchenmine Trail (Lake Guntersville State Park)
Last week I tried trail running at Lake Guntersville State Park for the 1st time (read about my 1st trail run), and I decided to give it another shot this week as I continue to train for the McKay Hollow Madness 25K Trail Race at Monte Sano State Park (Huntsville, Alabama) coming up in March. I survived over 8 miles of getting lost in the woods last time, but this week I took a different trail and enjoyed my time in the woods much more on the 2nd try.
When I asked one of the park rangers last week which trail was the most scenic at Lake Guntersville State Park, he quickly told me that the Tom Bevill trail was the best in the park, with the best lake views. While the Tom Bevill trail had plenty of challenging climbs and a few nice views, I had hoped to see water a bit more (see my pictures here). Yesterday I decided to instead try the Cutchenmine Trail, which the park ranger described: “It is easier and just follows part of the lake.” When I am hiking (or trail running recently), I would much rather look at a beautiful lake along the trail than just trees and dirt. Not only did the Cutchenmine Trail provide some incredible scenery (creeks, small waterfalls and lake views), but it was also better marked, less confusing, wider, less rocky and altogether easier than the Tom Bevill Trail. While I need to run difficult terrain to prepare for my trail race, it was nice to run and take in the scenery at the same time without having to watch my footing quite so closely. I was also able to run at a much faster pace than I did on the Tom Bevill Trail last week. Here are some pictures from my 2nd trail running experience. Click the pictures to enlarge.
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