The other day I received an email from my friend Streph regarding trail conditions in the Middlesex Fells. Streph does a lot of training on the rugged Skyline trail and completed a 19 mile training run in the Fells last weekend. He told the snow on the trails was compacted by hikers and skiers making running in trail shoes possible. In fact, he said running in the snow was easier than other times of the year because the snow had covered the rock, roots and voids in the trail.
With that in mind I went to Breakheart Reservation on Monday to see if similar trail conditions existed there. I have been itching to get in some trail running, sans snowshoes, all winter. When I got to Breakheart I was pleasantly surprise to see that some of my favorite trails were runable. I took a few short videos along the way. My digital camera isn't made to take high quality video but I think you will still get a feel for the terrain.
This first one was taken from the top of Eagle Rock, a 200+ foot hill, overlooking Pearce Lake:
This one is descending the snow covered Eagle Rock:
This third video was taken along a climb and descent on the Fox Trail near a large ledge:
This one is on the Saugus River Trail:
This is also on the Saugus River trail but taken along the river bank:
With a little luck, I should be able to make the weekly night snowshoe run in Lynn Woods tonight.