It’s finally, officially spring. That means it’s also time to circle your available weekends on the calendar and schedule hiking and trail running getaways as summer approaches.
Trail running is a great way to vary your workouts, terrain and use new muscles. You are also forced to focus a little more while trail running, since you have to watch your steps and stride more carefully without the benefit of a smooth, flat surface.
If you’re looking for a great trail run, here are five places to visit this year with our insider tips for each:
1. MOAB, UTAH
The Pritchett Canyon to Hunter Canyon Rim loop is worth running for the scenery alone. The 12.5-mile loop is used for the first half of the annual Moab Marathon and can be accessed a few miles from Moab at the Kane Creek Trailhead. If you’re running it in the summer, be sure to start early in the morning to miss the scorching temps later in the day.
Insider tip: If you’re looking to stay overnight, try the Cali-Cochitta B&B where you can refuel the next morning with a hearty breakfast.