This would be fun.

There’s an old railway that a group is attempting to turn into a trail/path. It’s called the Salmonberry Railroad and it goes from Tillamook to Banks through the Tillamook State Forest. It’s a very interesting area. It even has an old abandoned railroad town called Enright.

I’ve been on the railroad before. Sarah and I ran from Lower Salmonberry Trailhead to Enright. The Lower Salmonberry Trailhead is actually the NW part of the trail. It’s the lower section of the Salmonberry River though.

I want to go the opposite direction that Sarah and I did. So I’d start at Cochran Pond and goto the Lower Salmonberry Trailhead. It would be about 15.5 miles one way so a cool 50k out and back. The rivers and creeks are salmon spawning grounds and I think it could be quite an experience to fish without a hook here. I wouldn’t need much equipment or nutrition so I could go for a pretty light pack. I could get away with just food, clothes, collapsible fishing pole and a couple lures.

The railroad is closed and so this would be trespassing. It’s closed because of danger from mud slides that washed away the ground beneath parts of the railroad. I don’t see this as very dangerous so I’ll most likely go ahead with it.

Below are photos from my previous trip out there and the caltopo map I built for the route.

Silver Falls 50k

This was a super fun event!

It started off pretty uneventful. My drive down there was pretty standard. I got up at 4am for a 7:30am start. I arrived with about a half hour to spare. My nerves seem to have kept me from emptying myself which lead to some issues during the race.

I started off decently well. I figure I was somewhere in the top 35 for the first 10 or so miles. I was feeling pretty good. My stomach issues started off around mile 10 judging by my Strava pace. In the first 15 miles it appears I stopped 3 times which matches. I had some mild calf cramping as well somewhere around mile 20 to 23. Some downhills shook that out and the rest of the race went pretty well.

I need to figure out my stomach issues with these early morning starts. I can definitely take quite a bit of time off this event next year.

Overall Time: 5:57:56
Overall Finish: 60 of 156
Age Finish: 9 of 17

Alsea Falls Hell of the Northwest 2018

This past weekend was the Hell of the Northwest Half Marathon up at Alsea Falls. I think I’ve run this course like 6 times in competition, probably a dozen or more total.

My goal time going into it was 1 hour and 38 minutes. I wound up doing 1 hour 46 minutes and some change. So about 8 minutes short of what I really wanted.

I placed 5th overall and 1st in my age group. Overall I’m happy with the event. I had two sections that I walked a little, both of them were the steepest parts of the course so I don’t think walking really slowed me down much. In fact I think it probably made me a bit faster once I started to run.

The last 2 miles are a strava segment called “Avoid the Roots”. I managed to get the course record on that. I’m pretty happy with that.

Clicking will take you to Strava.
My next event will be the Silver Falls 50k. This one takes place November 3rd so stay tuned for that. I’m super excited to go run 31 miles in this park. My friend Linds is running it as well.

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