Hello! Who's interested in doing this Sat. option (or Sun. morning if more interest on that day)? Please RSVP / reply below in comments section. Thanks, Rosanna (fellow amateur trail runner-hiker :)
Meet at: Trailhead Parking lot, across the street from the train station.
Public transportation: NJ Transit. From NYC: Trailhead is an easy 45 min train ride from Penn Station. Take train from NY Penn Station to Millburn, NJ. $8 fare each way. View train schedule (http://www.njtransit.com/).
(Driving is possible from NYC. Traffic is usually not bad going out, but often heavy on way back into NYC on weekends.)
What: Training trail run/fast hike South Mountain reservation in a lovely local, little-known forest, on part of the Febapple trail race route (https://sites.google.com/site/njtrailseries/febapple). ~8-mile out-back (or see map below to modify to do up to 50k). Start at Locust Grove trail head and go to Hemlock falls, Orange reservoir and back.
Run type: Social. Partner / form pace groups as needed. I will run/walk (combo: run slowly and fast hike), but feel free to run behind or ahead at your own pace -- just make sure you have your map as a guide!
Highlights: forest, reservoir, low hills, rocky dirt trails, small water falls.
Lunch: optional lunch to follow. Options: Take out from nearby Green Nectar (http://greennectarjuicery.com), Thai house (http://www.thaihousemillburn.com/catalog.aspx?cid=2), or Goldberg's deli (http://goldbergsfamousdeli.com/page14/page14.html) and eat in the park outside.
Rain or shine. Heavy rain cancels! Check comments section for updates.
Who: Runners and brisk run-walkers. All paces are welcome! Feel free to bring Guests, friends and family. Each person is expected to be prepared, self-sufficient, and able to find her way back to parking lot. Thanks.
1) Print and carry: a) Race route map* (https://plus.google.com/photos/115240038293036152050/albums/5712086236580532177?authkey=CNis-_HSnZetOQ)(link) pages 1-2.
b) South Mountain reservation trail map (http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation/about) (official). High resolution, color laminated trail map is available at nearby Millburn public library (http://millburnlibrary.org/contact_1) for $2. This is an exploratory run -- we will be using our maps to route-find.
* Courtesy of NJ trail race series. ~8 mi. RT: Locust Grove--Hemlock Falls--Orange reservoir via Reservoir trail and back. (Or free to go longer: entire ~10 mi race route, options up to 50k by repeating race route.)
2) Water and fuel
(if you plan to be out there for a while)
Facilities: Restrooms and water fountains at public library, across the street from start point, opens at 9:30AM.
Weather: Millburn, NJ (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/millburn-nj/07041/weather-forecast/339503)
Comments? Want to carpool? Post in comments section below.
Photo credit: via South Mountain Conservancy (http://www.somocon.org/category/news/)
Photo credit: Hemlock falls via South Mountain Conservancy (http://www.somocon.org/gallery/hemlock-falls/)
This is not an organized training program. It is just a notice of runs some members are planning to do that is sent out to those who might want to join them. By choosing to join them, you agree to the legal disclaimer (http://www.rawtrail.com/#!legal/cryo). Each person is solely responsible for himself, and for following trail etiquette (http://trailrunner.com/trail-news/trail-running-rules-run/), laws, park rules, and park safety guidelines. Thanks!
Photo: Orange reservoir by Michelle L., via Foursquare (https://foursquare.com/v/orange-reservoir/4f2ee464e4b0a2ac58368c88/photos)