FKT: Marcy Beard - East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail (CA) - 2019-02-18

Route variation
out & back
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Finish date
Total time
17h 5m 35s
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I really enjoy this trail! I kept thinking all day about Paddy's comment to "Drop whatever you're doing right now and go run these trails." It was so much fun the first time (when I ran the standard route last year) that I returned to attempt an out-and-back. What a beautiful day, chilly and sunny, clear air and wonderful views in all directions. The only minor challenge was some mud from all the recent rain. The French Trail is still longer than expected (in both directions). I think someone added extra (and steep) bumps to the ridge at the north end of Wildcat. The effort was worth it!

My splits:
Redwood Road crossing 2:14:01
Skyline Gate 3:56:51 (1:43)
Sibley Staging 4:48:17 (51)
Tilden Steam Trains 5:46:30 (58)
Inspiration Point 6:29:06 (42)
Wildcat - Alvarado Staging 7:59:06 (1:30)
Inspiration Point 9:50:05 (1:51)
Tilden Steam Trains 10:43:37 (53)
Sibley Staging 11:42:36 (59)
Skyline Gate 12:36:50 (54)
Redwood Road crossing 14:33:38 (1:57)
Finish 17:05:35 (2:32)