23 December 2012
Malta Ecological Park - 22 Dec 2012
Having failed at Gray's Crossing a second time, I decided to check out another park that I had seen a few times, and had confirmed the existence of trails within via a GIS link off of Saratoga PLAN's website. This tiny park, called Malta Ecological Park, has about a mile of trails at the moment. These trails explore various natural areas, including a small pond, and serve as a means of getting to and from an open field. The sign at the pavilion near the entrance says that they may expand the park to include several more miles of trails, exploring more areas of the plot.
I did the outer loop once, exploring the area, and then settled in to doing laps on the trails that go around the playing field. The outer perimeter loop is approximately 0.7 miles, and the inner loop showed up as 0.37 miles every time I ran it.
It's an interesting area, and I hope that they choose to expand it in the future. As it stands, the trails all appear to be constructed of a thin layer of woody material on top of plastic sheeting, and they're all double wide. There are no elevation changes of note (I varied from 280' to 310' across the entire course, and at no point did I actually see a hill).