#10 (Rodeo to Wolf Ridge)
#9 (Coastal – Matt Davis to Willow Camp)
#8 (Pirates Cove)
#7 (Fox Trail Descent)
#6 (Ninja Loop)
#5 (Hogsback descent)
#4 Fern Creek Descent
Location: Start at the East Peak Parking Lot at the Top of Tam and End at Railroad Grade
Distance: 0.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 672 ft of Loss (-21%)
Overall Runs: 2800 Attempts By 695 People
CR: Victor Ballesteros 3:44 and Naomi Plasterer 5:25
My place: 15th, 5:15 (and I was trying hard!).
Why: I’m probably a little biased because I ran this segment weekly during Tam Tuesdays and 6:11 pace does not seem that fast for a 0.6 mile, 672 ft loss section of trail, but for THIS section it is. Whereas the previous two downhills (Fox and Hogsback) require massive turnover, Fern requires massive risk taking. Over a several week period in 2014 the CR exchanged multiple hands and there was an all-out assault on who could take more risks. Not surprisingly Victor Ballesteros came out on top by a solid 15s margin. Personally, I can not imagine going under 5 minutes, yet alone 4 minutes on this switch-back, stair-filled, rocky and loose, and pipe popping out of the middle section of trail.
One of easier sections of trail
Insider Tip: Be prepared to take some risks. I think most of the time can be gained on the upper section which is loose and slick. This is a great section to practice for that crazy European trail race you scheduled. Which of course you scheduled, you live in Marin.
Victor is the man with the plan to fly down technical trails.