San Juan Mountain Trail Running Photos

Hey All,
While the iRunFar team traveled to Colorado’s San Juan Mountians to cover the Hardrock 100, we’re also enjoying many a good mile on the trails. Below are a couple of our favorite shots (not including Hardrock photos). Many more photos can be found in our San Juan Mountain Facebook album. We’ll keep adding photos to that album throughout the remainder of our visit to these spectacular mountains.

Silverton's been our home since the start of July.

Trail running here may result in a strained neck.

For a few days, we got to follow Hardrock 100 course markings.

The trails aren't always easy. For example, there's a steep climb to the top of Engineer Pass at nearly 13,000'.

But, then, you're treated to fabulous descents with even better views.

Sometimes fog obscures the views... and other times it makes them.

Regardless, the sun ... or a sunflower can brighten up any run.

More often than not, spontaneous magic happens in these mountains.

Exhibit 1 - The wildflowers and lake in Boulder Gulch

Exhibit 2 - A columbine in Boulder Gulch

All those trail miles and breathtaking vistas can leave a guy tuckered out.

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Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • Marvelous photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards

    Gustavo

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  • Amazing photos Bryon. I really need to make it out there one of these days.

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  • wow! running out there for the first time next month!!

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  • Good gawd that gorgeous! Thanks for posting these photos, Bryon. I hope you don't grow tired of seeing such beautiful trails too quickly. ;-P

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  • Amazing photos Bryon!

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  • absolutely spectacular. From your photos, running those mountains looks like traipsing along the edge of heaven. And I can't imagine the views get much better from actual heaven.

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  • Hi Bryon....

    How much longer will you be up there? I'm planning on coming up for several weekends after Speedgoat 50K for Bear 100 training and would love to hook up.

    Thanks for the fantastic photos, the San Juans are my absolute favorite place in the world and I live only 4 hours away :-)

    Steve

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    • Agreed, it is absolutely the favorite place, thanks for reminding,Bryon!

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  • I'm getting acute altitude sickness just looking at those photos!

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  • Gorgeous and makes me miss the San Juans! Interesting to note that almost every morning is that sunny and beautiful, but by afternoon it's a different picture -- steel gray sky and bolts of lightening. The weather there can be so fierce and extreme. Did you ever get caught in scary storms out there? Also I'm curious if you started running with poles at all. I'm glad you guys got out on so many glorious runs.

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  • Awesome!

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  • Wow! Great photos! Your photo quality is really good.

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  • Why I love the Juans! Thanks for posting them for everyone to enjoy!

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  • SAAAWEEEET pics Bryon! Does Scott Jurek live close by?

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    • Scott Jurek lives in Boulder... which is 7 hours away.

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  • Those pictures are amazing. Thanks Bryon.

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  • Sick, just sick.

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  • One word can sum up my reaction to these...

    Wow

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  • It has been less than two weeks since I drove back to Colorado Springs. I was ready to go back the day after. The great photos don't help :)

    I love the Colorado High Country. The San Juans are even more cherished. I wish they were a little closer. I'll be headed back next month once they're a little drier for my husband. He doesn't do wet feet, mud, or snow.

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  • Hey Bryon, beautiful pictures! Amazing area. I can understand how you could get a kink in your neck.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Bartman

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  • Yeah, thanks a whole lot, Bryon. I just want to cry. I'll try to enjoy the 115 degree heat index this weekend on the Maryland trails...

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  • Wow is right. Looks like the San Juans brought out your inner Ansel Adams, but in color! Your pics are truly stunning - and the beauty of the mountains easily rivals the footage streaming live from le Tour in the French Alps these past two days. Hope to make it to SW CO some day soon to run those epic mountains. Thanks!

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