Sea-to-Sky Running - Page 2
Race ... The summer-long Sea 2 Sky Trail Running Series (s2srun.com) features seven races ranging from 5K to 100 miles at locations between Squamish and Pemberton, 60 miles to the north. The area's greatest challenge is Stormy (stormytrailrace.ca), a 50-mile solo or relay and 100-miler, in mid-August. The run ascends from Squamish into Garibaldi Provincial Park and takes you through red-cedar forests, grassy meadows and along gurgling creeks. "This is a great starter race for those new to trail ultras—the course is visually awesome and its difficulty level is low," says race director Wendy Montgomery.
Best Trails ... The Four Lakes Trail at Alice Lake Provincial Park is a 10-mile rolling singletrack that loops around the freshwater lakes abundant with fish. Head to the Powerhouse Plunge, a downhill mountain-bike trail, for a lung-bursting ascent on foot.
"Many of Squamish's great running trails are also mountain-bike trails," says Rawling. "But this is Canada, so there's plenty of room for all."
The Pseudotsuga Trail (the scientific name for the conifer-tree family) takes you along steep ascents, winding switchbacks and rocky ridges. Connect the Powerhouse Plunge and Pseudotsuga into a 12-mile loop that ascends 1500 feet, or extend it up to 50 miles by adding on a number of side trails.
For an alpine extravaganza, take the Diamondhead Access Trail along Paul Ridge in Girabaldi Provincial Park (garibaldipark.com). This 10-mile out-and-back gains over 2000 feet on doubletrack, then flattens out on a 5500-foot-high alpine ridged from which you can see Mount Garibaldi, Black Tusk, Cinder Cone and other peaks.