From what was starting to feel like early summer weather in Southern California—beach days and temperatures in the 70s—I made a long trip up to the still-thawing-out Pacific Northwest for the 19th Annual Peterson Ridge Rumble, previously advertised as a 40-miler, but really known to only be 60k. Either way, it’s a fast and runnable course with two big climbs and tons of flowy single track southwest of Sisters, Oregon, in the Deschutes National Forest.
Illustration by Jadyn Chen As a trail runner, finding flow is a necessity for success. One doesn’t run on a technical trail, but rather seeks to mesh with its undulations as the path winds around and up and down the mountains. Flow in the wilderness is not a given though, it’s continually fleeting and tough to ascertain.