Our trail running camps are fully supported ~ We have a support vehicle to rehydrate and refuel you along the way and schlep your layers, extra bottles...whatever you need. Our trail guides are local, knowledgeable trail runners...and happy. Did we mention happy? Daily route sheets are emailed to you for everyday. Our camps are designed so you can run every mile, partial mileage or add on more. Your camp. Your choice. We've done all the work, so all you have to do is run!!! But don't take our word for it, here's what some of our trail runners had to say ~



"My fastest marathon since 2005...I think the reason I was so fast was because I suffered so much in the heat of your camp. Today, race day (LA Marathon), I never got hot at all and was able to maintain a good pace. Thanks again for a great camp. It is the main reason I will be going to the Boston marathon in 2017." ~ Bob from Northern California


"I am back in freezing and rainy vancouver and keep on dreaming about last week! Thanks to you guys for making it such an amazing week. I will be back to the Santa Monica Mountains." ~ Wiebke from Vancouver, BC


"It sounds like I am not the only one going through post-running camp withdrawal! What a great experience -- I thoroughly enjoyed spending the week with you all." ~ Aaron from Minneapolis, MN


"We will come back for the sunshine & good times." ~ Rachel from Asheville, NC

"Thank you everyone it's an experience I will never forget.  The pictures are priceless! 
Could not have asked for a better group to spend 4 tough days with!" 
~ Allison from Agoura Hills, CA

"What a blast last week was, thanks!!! ~ Niqui from Frederick, MD

"This was a great challenging beautiful exhilarating week of running with Erica and my sister Mary! The West Lake Village was a wonderful place to stay and recover! Would recommend to all level of runners who want an excellent get-away!" ~ Kathleen from Duxbury, MA

"Thank you so much for an amazing experience. Feeling good and reflecting and thanking God for it all!" ~ Jamie from Oak Park, CA

"So grateful for such an awesome experience and happy to have met all of you. Can't thank you enough. I am so high on life right now." ~ Kay Mac from Agoura, CA

"Back at my desk in my office in Denmark and already missing the California sun ;-) Thank you all so much for great company on the trail. I had such a wonderful time - and thanks to Erica, Richard, Ben, Randy, Julian, and Janna for taking such good care of us. I will definitely recommend this trip to my friends." ~ Berit from Denmark

"Thanks for a life changing adventure!" ~ Carla from Oak Park, CA

"68 miles Santa Monica Backbone Trails-4 amazing days, beautiful views and a wonderful group of people to experience it with!" ~ Kelli from Oak Park, CA
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Welcome to Trail Running Escapes!!!

Why run with us?​

Please email us at socalultrarunning@gmail.com before purchasing any airline tickets as camps are subject to cancellation if attendance is too low.

calendar of events

2016 ~ 2017 Dates


January 11-15                                                                   Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca
February 8-12                                                                  Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca
February 22-26                                                              Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca
March 5, 2016                                                                Singletrack Stampede Trail Races                                     Santa Monica Mountains ~ Calabasas, Ca

March 21-25                                                                    Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca
April 18-22                                                                       Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca 

September 12-16                                                           Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

October 1                                                                         No Name 5030 Trail Races                                                   Cheeseboro National Park ~ Agoura, Ca  ***New this year~50MILES***

October 17-21                                                                  Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

November 7-11                                                                Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

November 18-21                                                             Backbone Trail Running Camp                                             Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca     ***ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT***

January 16-20                                                                 Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca 

February 20-24                                                              Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

March 4                                                                           Singletrack Stampede Trail Races                                     Las Virgenes View Park ~ Calabasas, Ca 

March 21-25                                                                    Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

April 17-21                                                                        Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca 

May 15-19                                                                        Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca 

Trail Running Escapes offers you four and five day trail running camps in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu in southern California. Camps are offered September through May when the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow or chilled by the cold air. Our trails in sunny California are open and inviting to all trail runners year round. Westlake Village is our base camp for the week of our Santa Monica Mountains based trail running camps. We will shuttle every morning to our trail head locations in Calabasas, Malibu and beyond.  Please click on our Camps tab at the top of the page to read more about our dates, itinerary, support we offer and the trails we cover.

erica gratton ~ OWNER/director


Erica is an accomplished endurance athlete, RRCA, USAT&F and Natural Running certified coach as well as a local trail Race Director. She is also a founding member of the Conejo Valley Trail Runners and local "trail expert" to the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Erica has lived near the Santa Monica Mountains for over a decade and knows the trails intimately. She is passionate about these trails she calls home and wants to share them with you.

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