FKT: Chad Salyer - Lake Mineral Wells State Park Trailway (TX) - 2021-10-04

Route variation
out & back
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Total time
6h 4m 29s

I started the run around 7:30am, from the Mineral Wells side of the trail because I drove to the wrong trailhead first, so I got a later start than anticipated. For the first couple miles there are a lot of street crossings. Then around mile 3 or 4 there was a sign indicating that the trail was closed but I went through to see why and it is because they are repairing a couple of bridges but I didn't have any issues crossing-be careful though. Once you cross-over the bridge, the trail is straight and flat the rest of the way. You are essentially running through people’s backyards and farms, so you will see a good amount of cows and horses along the trail. These are equestrian trails also, so watch your step for horse bombs on the ground. There is water and a bathroom at mile 10, at the Garner trailhead and again at the turnaround at mile 20. During the run there were not many people present, mostly cyclists and a couple of horse-back riders but there were tons of grasshoppers and lizards on the way back. There was good shade on the way out but on the way back it was really exposed and sunny, so it got warm.

This was completely unsupported, and I took (2) 17oz bottles and a 20oz handheld for water but dropped the handheld about 5 miles in the run, which was a lifesaver on the way back. For nutrition I used 5 gels, a banana, (3) Honey Stinger waffles, an oatmeal square and salt tablets. Thank you again for your insights, Greg and I don’t know how anyone could complete this with only 30oz. of water—Incredible! Good luck to the next person who attempts this route!!