Early this morning, before temperatures began to rise, I took a short walk up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Road. From the base, at the Visitor Center parking lot, to the first curve, is approximately a half mile. There and back is an easy mile. By easy, I mean a 1,000 foot climb. If you’re in shape, the incline is barely noticeable.
On my way up, I was passed by a woman, who appeared to be in her 80s, on her way down. She was running and seemed barely out of breath.
The Tram Road has recently been re-paved and a wide, pedestrian lane, used by runners, walkers, hikers and bicyclists is separated from the main road by a curb.
For more than 25 years, hikers, runners and walkers have come from all over the world to be a part of the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge. The next 6K Run/Walk event will take place October 26, 2013. Participants climb 2000 vertical feet in just over 3.7 miles.
I feel fortunate to live across the street, at Mountain Gate. Many of my neighbors also take advantage of this hillside hike, to keep fit. The Palm Springs Villas condo complex is also located across the street, as is the Racquet Club West neighborhood. The Tram Road actually runs through the Chino Canyon neighborhood. During the winter months, when the weather is cool and beautiful, there are so many neighbors on the pedestrian path that it often seems like an impromptu marathon.
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