10 Best Running Trails: America
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- Pre’s Trail (Eugene, Oregon). If you are a runner, you have likely heard of the historic Pre’s trail (named after running legend Steve Prefontaine who died weeks before the trail was complete). Tauted as one of the best running trails in the nation, Pre's trail was inspired by European running trails comprised of bark and dirt. Part of the annual Eugene Marathon weaves through Pre’s trail and it is used on a daily basis by recreational runner's and elite runner's alike. The trail is only 4.5 miles long, but it connects to others trails like Ridgeline, if you are looking for a longer run.
- Tiger Mountain (Issaquah, Washington). If you listen to the band, Fleet Foxes and have heard "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" this is the running trail they are referencing. Tiger mountain is a remote, grassy field. It is not uncommon to see hang gliders.
- Bull Dog Trail (Santa Monica, California). Up in the Mountains of Santa Monica is the Bulldog trail. This trail goes uphill for four miles and you can go out as far as 15.5 miles. California marathoner, Jason Zellen says his favorite summer race is in August through the Bull Dog.
- Forest Park (Portland, Oregon). Wildwood is definitely the best part of this running trail. Just outside the suburbs of West Portland, this 40 mile forest is perfect for running. You will encounter miles of beautiful trees and possibly elk or a great horned owl. It is best to bring a partner running on this trail.
- Skyline Ridge (Palo Alto, California). This run goes through Redwood park and connects with various trailheads for a total of seven miles. This running trail is moderatly difficult and asends 2,200 feet through the Santa Cruz mountains.
- Strawberry Peak (Pasadena, California). Strawberry peak is very scenic, with diversity from lush vegetation to cactus and yucca. The trail has been rated by runners as "difficult" because of the mountain elevation and narrow switchbacks. Strawberry Peak is a total of 10.5 miles
- Boulder Mountain Park (Boulder, Colorado). With 130 miles of terrain, this route will never get old. Each trail is said to have its own “character.” Runners use this trail in the winter and into the summer.
- North Beach Avenue (Chicago, Illinois). One of the best running trails is located in Chicago and it is used for parts of the Chicago Marathon. This running trail allows you to have a view of downtown Chicago without actually being downtown.
- Tate's Hell State Forest ( Carabelle, Florida). This State Park is one of the best running trails. This 220,000 acre trail was named after a hunter who was lost in the woods for a week. When he was finally found, he said, "My name is Tate and I came from hell." He died shortly after.
- Tropical Trek (Honolulu, Hawaii). This 10 mile figure eight loop is a very popular running trail in Hawaii. This running trail is like a tropical rain forest. If you don't want to do the figure eight, there is a 2 mile route as well as a 42 mile route.
Posted on: Apr. 28, 2010