Before I hit the highway again, I ran the short single track Juniper Trail and checked out Sinclair Creek in Kootenay National Park near Radium.
If you’re driving south on Hwy 93, just before you reach the Parks Canada kiosk, you will come across a small parking lot. (You could also park at Radium Hot Springs.) I parked here because I get easily confused over basic directions. There were no other cars parked. I quickly looked around for a “no parking” sign. I found none so I was good to go.
The stairs were pretty icy going down and I crossed my fingers this would be indicative of the entire run. Icy conditions and my clumsiness do not mix regardless of which province I am in. Thankfully the switchbacks were not icy. I reached Sinclair Creek in no time.
I love running downhill but I was under no illusion – what goes down must come up. I wanted to make the best out of this short run so bring on that elevation. My legs were ready to work.
What a spectacular view! I didn’t linger long because I quickly lost all feeling in my fingers once I removed my gloves. I was starting to freeze and I knew I had to get moving as soon as possible. My legs were tired and the climb hurt more than it should have. Maybe it was the cold? Eventually my legs got into the groove and I was feeling great.
I didn’t take too many photos because like I said my fingers were freezing. The feeling in my hands didn’t fully return until I was nearly back to my car. I did manage to take a couple of photos at this spot. Although short, the trail rewarded my senses with its views of the Columbia River Valley and Sinclair Canyon. Not to mention, the workout it gave my legs.
I ran a little along the road after I finished Juniper. I was still bloody cold but I wanted to take in a few more views of the mountains on foot. The Juniper Trail boasts plenty of climbs and descents but it’s considered an easy trail so the next time you are in Radium, you should definitely check it out.
This short run was just what I needed before I headed off to my next destination. I could have run longer but I was already cold. Once you stop running and begin to feel cold, it’s all over. I had loosely thought I would get in another run on Thursday but I was starting to feel miserable. I did the next best thing – find a coffee shop.