The 30K course has a bit of everything. Towering redwoods. Steep technical downhill section. Spunky single-track with repeated creek crossings. Open prairie with flat-tish fire road in the middle. Big (quality) climb with great views. Final descent through the trees.
4/19 is the last day for cheaper entry (if not sold out). I think this one is capped at 200 or 300. PCTR has the only trail running event at these reserves.
1.5 hours from Berk/Rockridge.
From the event page: (http://www.pctrailruns.com/event.aspx?dtid=9973)
Our event begins and ends in Armstrong Redwoods State Park among ancient 1,200 +year old redwoods, more than 300 feet high! These trails are the most beautiful coastal redwood trails found in California. The 9 km distance will run almost entirely through the redwood trails.
The 17 km distance will continue to Austin Creek SRA. The trail runs through old growth trees along Gilliam Creek. It is magical. It returns to Armstrong Redwoods on a fire trail.
The 30 km and 50 km continue along Gilliam Creek and will enjoy some technical challenges, including 10 creek crossings. Yes, you might get wet feet. Fire trails bring you back to Armstrong Redwoods. The 50 km distance will enjoy another loop through the redwoods.
Course Map (the 17k and 30k enjoy two large hills)
Directions from Rockridge BART:
(Add $10 if registering after April 19, 2014. Add $15 at check-in, if not sold out.)
• 9km - $35.00
• 17km - $40.00
• 30km - $45.00
• 50km - $65.00
Parking is $8 (all of it, plus other monies go to the park foundation).
p.s. If you're really speedy, it looks like the inaugural CRs from 2013 have a lot of low-hanging fruit (except maybe the men's 30k at ~2:30).