by Chris Cloyd
We’re taking some space in our September 2020 “Run of the Month” post to congratulate two of our DPMR members on setting new FKTs on our very own TRT this summer! Helen Pelster improved on the previous unsupported female FKT (and inspired a new FKT days later!) and Adam Kimble bested Kilian Jornet’s longstanding supported FKT. I asked them about their favorite TRT sections during their record-setting runs in a recent podcast interview (you can listen to the whole interview, hosted by our friends at Mile 99: https://themile99interview.buzzsprout.com/1221458/5041667-special-episode-donner-party-mountain-runners-with-helen-pelster-and-adam-kimble) and detailed their favorite segments for this month’s “Run of the Month” post! Please follow all applicable California, Placer County, and Nevada County coronavirus precautions, including stay-at-home orders (if these runs require you to travel far from home, please reconsider), social distancing, etc.
Brockway to Rose (Helen’s choice) is a true masochist’s choice for a favorite segment of the TRT. It’s almost all uphill (see profile) and includes the TRT’s high point at Relay Peak. It’s also visually stunning, offering panoramic views of Lake Tahoe for an extended period of time after crossing into Nevada.
Download pdfs of maps and trail info for Helen’s run here:
Tahoe City to Brockway (Adam’s choice) is the official “starting segment” for the TRT, as the official start is in Tahoe City and the route is presented clockwise (toward Brockway). One of the more forested segments of the TRT, the trail is mostly flowy singletrack and is eminently runnable. It (like Helen’s choice) is a net uphill to Brockway, so it’s forgiving on the joints.
Download pdfs of maps and trail info for Adam’s run here:
Both of these runs are also on this Caltopo map: https://caltopo.com/m/KUL6 A gpx track can be downloaded from the “Download File:GPX” tool on the Export menu.