From October: Dave and Jackie and the dogs pick a gorgeous sunny day to hike the Alberni Inlet Trail!

LP1020319These pix are from last October – I just didn’t get around to posting them. Dave’s Dad drove us all out to the China Creek entrance to the trail, and we hiked the 13 or so very hilly km back to the trailhead in Port Alberni…. and lucked out by it turning into an absolutely beautiful day!

As I’ve mentioned before, we take hiking as a very important part of our ultramarathon training – both as a way of getting more miles in without so much pounding (and risk of injury) that running causes, as well as a good way to get out on some rough and hilly terrain. This hike was just a few weeks before my 5-day Himalayan Ultramarathon in India, and all of that steephiking ended up serving me really well over there!

We started in the forest near China Creek Marina - and were interested to see recent improvements made to the trail, including a few new small bridges.

We started in the forest near China Creek Marina – and were interested to see recent improvements made to the trail, including a few new small bridges.

We soon climbed up above China Creek. Here, Dave is looking down at all teh spawning salmon gathered in a pool below.

We soon climbed up above China Creek. Here, Dave is looking down at all the spawning salmon gathered in a pool below.

Close-up of the salmon.

Close-up of the salmon.

After crossing the new bridges over China Creek, and the Bamfield Road, the trail climbs up onto these bluffs. Still overcast... but not for long!

After crossing the new bridges over China Creek, and the Bamfield Road, the trail climbs up onto these bluffs. Still overcast… but not for long!

By the time we hiked down to the water, the clouds had cleared. What a gorgeous autumn day!

By the time we hiked down to the water, the clouds had cleared. What a gorgeous autumn day!

This really is a good ultramarathon training trail, whether you run it or walk it....  It's constructed along the steep slopes of the inlet, so you are almost always going either up or down.

This really is a good ultramarathon training trail, whether you run it or walk it…. It’s constructed along the steep slopes of the inlet, so you are almost always going either up or down.

Lots of sections skirting the rocks. And views straight down to the water below.

Lots of sections skirting the rocks. And views straight down to the water below.

The dogs love this... when we hike, rather than run. (More time to sniff stuff!)

The dogs love this… when we hike, rather than run. (More time to sniff stuff!)

A great day... our last big sunny hike for the year.

A great day… our last big sunny hike for the year.

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