Today I checked out the Phleger Estate, a park that is adjacent to Huddart Park, for some new trails to run. The “entry” trail into the Phleger Estate from Huddart Park, the Mirramontes Trail, is fantastic trail running for about 1.5 miles. From here, it was essentially all uphill, first on the Mount Redondo Trail and then on the Lonely Trail. The Mount Redondo Trail was steep and then the upper stages of the Lonely Trail were very steep. It was so steep for so long that I had to stop and walk for a few seconds at one point, but it turns out I didn’t have much hill to go so next time there will be no walking there! After I finally made it up to Skyline Blvd., the rest of the run was on familiar ground in Huddart Park and I got into a rhythm. Total running time was 70 minutes and distance was probably about 10.5 miles with 2,000+ elevation gain. This is definitely a beautiful place to go for a challenging hill climb up to Skyline Blvd. Next time I will also check out the Raymundo Trail which looks cool and would likely make for a 75-80 minute loop.
Image: The famous trail signs in Phleger Estate Park.