Forests Forever

Forests Forever

The amazing view from approximately 4 miles up road 500

Caspar Orchard Road Adventures 

With both trail and road, hills and flats, this endless path is ideal for long runs.

Directions: Drive toward Caspar on Highway 1. Turn east on Fern Creek Rd (Map at right). Continue .3 miles and turn right on Caspar Orchard Rd. Continue on this road (mind the speed bumps) for 1 mile. There is parking here, and you will probably see other cars if it's the weekend. To your right is Road 600, which runs along Caspar Creek and connects to 620 and 640. In front of you is Road 500, which this page profiles.

 

Popularity: This is a very popular road for cyclists, equestrians, and the occasional timber harvester! While I have RARELY encountered a soul once out 2 or 3 miles, I have been passed by a couple vehicles out there, and I almost always encounter people in the first mile.   

Run Profile (click through)

Parking Area Trailhead
Parking Area Trailhead

You may wish to begin on the road if you are pushing a stroller. Otherwise, take this forest path along the same route. The main trail is easy to follow and several trees are marked, as this trail is used by runners, equestrians, and cyclists alike.

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Forest Path
Forest Path

Enjoy the scent of soil and pine needles as you remain in the shade of the trees. Taking this path in lieu of the road adds .3 to your mileage if you take the road back. You will notice mile markers as you continue on the road later.

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Forests Forever
Forests Forever

Have a Julie Andrews moment as you feel the hills alive with the sound of--wind rustling through the tree branches. Revel in the knowledge that your return run is mostly downhill!

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Parking Area Trailhead
Parking Area Trailhead

You may wish to begin on the road if you are pushing a stroller. Otherwise, take this forest path along the same route. The main trail is easy to follow and several trees are marked, as this trail is used by runners, equestrians, and cyclists alike.

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Miles 2-4: Ouch!

8-mile run elevation changes

Personal Connection: I took my worst spill ever on this road, atPerou mile 6. I was cruising downhill, feeling blissed out, looking up at thPe light streaming the redwoods (mistake!) and I tripped over a root, bounced, and skid. 

Personal Connection: I took my worst spill ever on this road! I was nearly halfway done with 12 miles, cuising downhill, feeling blissed, looking UP at the light breaking through the trees; when I tripped over a root, bounced, and skidded. I assessed the damage: bleeding, road rash, some pebbles in my palm, torn pants. I considered my options: run back to the car now, finish the quarter mile I needed to get to 6 and THEN run back to the car, start walking and tell my husband to drive up to me when we crossed paths. Well, I wasn't going to get LESS hurt if I didn't complete my mileage. Nothing was broken or sprained. So, like any nutty runner, I completed my mileage and jogged back to the car feeling pretty bad-ass!