A Spur of the Moment Run up Boney Mountain

Today my plans were pretty simple...to do a long run of at least 2 hours, 15 minutes. Over the last 6 weeks, I did 5 long runs of 14 miles, 13 miles, 14.5 miles, 15 miles, a 5K break and then last Saturday's 2 hour, 9 minute 17.5 mile run. So figured anything over 2:15 would be good. My general plan was to run the same loop as last week, finding an extra mile or so towards the end.

But this morning I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and decided to do something different. We've had this amazing cloud cover in the mornings most of the summer and I heard the heat was coming back next week. So how about mixing it up a bit with a run up Boney Mountain.

I haven't run to the top of Boney for at least 10 years. I made it to the top, or at least very close to it. There's a little red can at the top you sign your name on, and I couldn't find it. I'm sure one of my more knowledgeable trail runner friends will tell me where I went wrong.

It took me about an hour to get there, running as much as I can. Once you get past the Danielson Monument, the trail becomes really narrow, sometimes extremely rocky and steep. There are many sections that pretty much HAVE to be hiked rather than run, unless you're a billy goat. The view is spectacular of course. Some pics and video are below. I saw about 10 people up there, all hiking and enjoying the beautiful day.

So I achieved my overall time goal of 2 hours, 15 minutes (excludes time spent snapping pics/vid). I added some mileage on the roads after my quick descent down Boney. All told I'm going to credit my account 17 miles for today's run.

Made a quick pit stop at the Satwiwa Center.

Made a quick pit stop at the Satwiwa Center.

Boney Mountain sign near Satwiwa Center

Boney Mountain sign near Satwiwa Center

Sign after cresting ridge that tells you go right for Boney/Danielson and left for HIdden Valley overlook trail

Sign after cresting ridge that tells you go right for Boney/Danielson and left for HIdden Valley overlook trail

They call it Danielson Road but it sure don't look like a "road" to me!

They call it Danielson Road but it sure don't look like a "road" to me!

NPS Boney Wilderness sign at bottom of Canyon.

NPS Boney Wilderness sign at bottom of Canyon.

On way up to Danielson...sunny above, cloudy below

On way up to Danielson...sunny above, cloudy below

Danielson Monument is a good place to grab a snack. I didn't...just kept running.

Danielson Monument is a good place to grab a snack. I didn't...just kept running.

The remains of Danielson's cabin...this chimney.

The remains of Danielson's cabin...this chimney.

The trail to Boney Peak is up this way. At this point, the trails are often narrow, steep, rocky and slippery. Be careful!

The trail to Boney Peak is up this way. At this point, the trails are often narrow, steep, rocky and slippery. Be careful!

Clouds over Newbury Park

Clouds over Newbury Park

Near the top of Boney Peak.

Near the top of Boney Peak.

 Pretty much at the top of the world at this point.Time to head back down...

 Pretty much at the top of the world at this point.Time to head back down...

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