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.


November 17-20                                                    Backbone Trail Running Camp                                      Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca  ***3 SPOTS LEFT***


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

February 19-23                                                      Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp               Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

March 3, 2018                                                        Singletrack Stampede Trail Races                                Millennium Loop Trails ~ Calabasas, Ca

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

​March 23-26                                                          Backbone Trail Running Camp                                       Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

April 9-13                                                              Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

​April 27-30                                                            Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Running Camp                      Sedona Mountains ~ Sedona, Arizona  ***NEW in 2018***

May 5, 2018                                                           Phantom Trail Races                                                      Reagan Ranch ~ Agoura Hills, Ca

May 14-18                                                             Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca

June 29-July 2                                                        Mammoth Mountain Trail Running Camp                      Sierra Nevada Mountains ~ Mammoth Lakes, Ca​   

October TBD                                                           No Name 5030 Trail Races                                            Cheeseboro National Park ~ Agoura Hills, Ca 

November 16-19                                                    Backbone Trail Running Camp                                       Santa Monica Mountains ~ Malibu, Ca                                                  

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

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in california and beyond  

Welcome to Trail Running Escapes!!!

Why run with us?​

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 ~

"Words cannot express how thankful I am for this opportunity. This week has been extraordinary and I am going to plan on attending the camp every year. Thank you for sharing your beautiful trails with us. ~ Baya from Carlsbad, California

"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

"Each day of Erica's camp is like Christmas -- you wake up early with overflowing excitement for the day ahead and you go to bed each night feeling joyful and fulfilled.  And the best thing is you get to experience this for 4+ days! Needless to say, I loved my time in the Santa Monica Mountains.  The camp opened my eyes to a world of possibilities in my own backyard -- new trails, new friends, and a whole new community to engage with.  Erica and her team of dedicated trail guides were nothing short of amazing -- patient, knowledgeable, friendly, supportive, and kind -- all first class!  As much as I cherished each mile, I also cherished the amazing spread of goodies offered throughout the course of the day; Erica knows how to take care of ambitious runners!  I will be forever grateful for the experience I had and I look forward to more Trail Running Escapes." ~ Jamie from Los Angeles

"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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Trail Running Escapes offers you four and five day trail running camps in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu in southern California, the famous Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California and the stunning Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona ~ our newest destination trail running camp for 2018. Camps are offered September through June when the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow or chilled by the cold air. The Westlake Village Inn is our base camp for the Santa Monica Mountains camps; including the popular Backbone camp. The Mammoth Mountain Inn is our base camp for the 4 days of the Mammoth Mountain camp and Los Arbrigados Resort is our base camp for the 4 days of the Sedona camp. We will shuttle every morning to our trail head locations. Please click on our Camps tab at the top of the page to read more about our dates, itinerary, the support we offer and the trails we cover. We look forward to sharing the trails with you!

erica gratton ~ OWNER/director