On my first trip to Lumpy Ridge two years ago, Kemp and I listened carefully to the directions on how to make it around the loop. Well, maybe we didn't really listen that carefully, but we did hear the part about "you don't want to go to the Cow Creek Trailhead". So when we got to this sign
Lumpy veteran was that the elevation of the trail topped out just a bit over 9000 feet. I started to think we might have made a wrong turn as the elevation on my Garmin hit 10,000. So, we decided to turn around and head back to the trailhead, because we knew the others that we had come with would be waiting. Completing the Lumpy Loop would have to wait for another day, but I also was curious about the "wrong" trail we had taken and looked it up to see that it continued on to Lawn Lake at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Mummy Range. This seemed like a great run with a nice bit of climbing and some good close to home elevation and I tucked it away as a good run for another day.
Well, yesterday was that day and I went up to the Lumpy Trailhead with my wife and mother-in-law to run to Lawn Lake.
The last mile out to the lake was amazing dropping down to a raging creek and opening into a stunning high mountain bowl inside the Mummy Range. I took a few pictures, marveled at the scenery, had something to eat and turned around to head back.
5 hours of running and hiking, 19 miles, 4249 feet of elevation gain and all of it between 7776 and 11,031 feet and I felt great. This was a nice confidence boost after feeling pretty tired for the last few weeks and feeling really weak on the 20 mile run at altitude with Dan in Leadville a week and a half ago. I am now looking forward to the Silver Rush race this weekend and I feel that with a few easy days for the rest of this week, I should be able to have a good run - maybe even go sub 10:00. We'll see.