Race for Open Space is a trail run/walk put on by Big Sur Land Trust that promotes healthy outdoor recreation in our local landscapes while raising funds to take on new open space projects. It also helps provide our community with more opportunities to get outside. You can register as either a fundraising or non-fundraising participant, and you can also register to fundraise without participating in the race. All race participants will receive a modeal, post-race refreshments and a goody bag.
(This trail race takes place in June each year. Visit race website link below for details.)
Location: California, United States
Nearby City: Salinas
Race Length: 10 km (6.2 mi)
1,100 feet (+177 ft/mi)
Elevation Loss: 1,100 feet (-177 ft/mi)
75% dirt trails, 25% dirt roads, 0% paved
Race Length: 5 km (3.1 mi)
550 feet (+177 ft/mi)
Elevation Loss: 550 feet (-177 ft/mi)
High Point: 900 feet
50% dirt trails, 50% dirt roads, 0% paved
Race Length: 2.5 km (1.6 mi)
0% dirt trails, 100% dirt roads, 0% paved
Website URL: http://www.bigsurlandtrust.org/event-race-for-open-space_... (opens new window)
Phone: 831-625-5523 x 114
About the property: Marks Ranch is home to 90 species of wildflowers and provides important habitat and wildlife corridors. Marks Ranch was originally settled by Benjamin and Nisene Marks in 1890. Suddenly widowed, Nisene raised chickens in order to support her family, eventually building one of the largest egg ranches in California. In addition to its historical significance, Marks Ranch is an important wildlife corridor between the Sierra de Salinas and Fort Ord conservation lands, a significant regional connection. Deer and small mammals, as well as coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions find habitat on the property. Open grasslands provide excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of songbirds and raptors. California quail and turkeys also make their home on the ranch.
Come run, walk, and explore the majesty of the ranch on one of the following trail options:
2.5K (8:30am): This trail takes you around the Avalon Flats, a relatively flat loop winding through pastoral oak woodlands and meadows. The Avalon Flats pass by and near historic structures and points of interest including the hacienda, incubator house, dance hall, and Grandpa’s House. This is the perfect trail for beginners and families with young children to connect with the land.
5K (9:30am): This trail takes you through the gently-sloping Avalon Flats through oak woodlands and past historic structures to the steep Robert V. and Patricia M. Brown Overlook, a moderately strenuous loop through meadows with a spectacular hilltop view. The breathtaking panorama of the entire Marks Ranch and Salinas Valley makes the trek uphill well worth the effort.
10K (9:30am): This trail is a rugged course that crosses through most of the property and all of the many habitats represented at Marks Ranch, including oak savannas, canyon forests, and grassy meadows. Be prepared for a true back-country adventure run: steep hills, sweeping vistas, challenging terrain, and colorful wildflowers await you on this trail.
Note: We love your four-legged friends as much as you do, but unfortunately Marks Ranch is not a dog-friendly property.
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Submitted On: 4/20/2018
Modified On: 4/25/2018