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  • 3 miles
  • 00:35 time
  • 10:19 pace
  • 371 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
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great Don't worry, be Hoppy! 3.37 mi 00:35 10:19 pace

Thanks for the live message, Shelly A. - and for your belated attempt, Pierre M. :)

I've done the Art Smith trail (the first 1.2 miles of this) maybe 2 dozen times in the 5 years I've been in Idy. When it's cold at home, it can still be in the 60s or 70s (80 today) down near Palm Desert, where I had a doc appointment today. So it's a great winter route, through arid remote scenic landscapes.

But this is the FIRST time I've ventured off Art Smith and onto "Hoppy" - short for Hopalong Cassidy trail. Hoppy goes up and down lots (as opposed to Art Smith, which goes up n up) between 1500' & 1200' elevation as it runs along the mountainside, overlooking Palm Springs at sea level below.

I took it easy in some parts and pushed like hell in others. Not HIIT style, just what felt good and right at the moment. Got strava.com PRs on 2 segment, which felt pretty good. Had to cut it shorter than planned - not enough water with me.

All in all, it was a fun desert mountains sandal-footed exploration on my way back up to Idyllwild, 1000' elev. gain in the bank.