camps and races in sedona & the santa monica mountains  



october 20-23, 2023

Plans changed? No problem. We do NOT offer refunds, however your registration fee can be transferred to any of our future camps.

The nearest airport to this camp is Los Angeles International Airport. Ground transportation is available from here also.

Hotel recommendations:                                            The Westlake Village Inn (our host hotel)


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                                                                                       The Sheraton

Ready to register? Send us an email and we'll send you a registration form. Once you receive your registration form, fill it out and return it with your payment of $545. Once we receive your registration form and payment, we'll email you the Runner's Guide with all the information you will need for your weekend. Including places to stay, ground transportation options from the airport to hotel and what to expect.


Please make checks payable to:                                  Trail Running Escapes

​Mail registration forms and payments to:                  Trail Running Escapes  

                                                                                        P O Box 4287

                                                                                        Sedona, AZ 86340​​

Day 2 will be no walk in the park, especially after Day 1. This is when you realize if it was easy, everyone would do it. You're not everyone! So tighten your laces, suck back a gel and get ready to knock out another 19 miles. Wrap your head around this one, because it will require all you've got. Not to worry though, because we've got you covered; both on trail and off.

Day 3 will be one of the easier days on the camp as far as hills and mileage, but on tired legs you may start to question your commitment to today's 15 miles. That's why we'll be at every juncture to remind you. So suck it up buttercup and smell the scent of your sweet victory with only. Three down. One to go!!!

The last day of your camp will conclude with an approximate 16 mile downhill run from the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains to one of the most scenic sections of the Backbone Trail ~ Ray Miller Trail. We will celebrate our victories with a gathering at the beach. So pack a towel and suit if you want a dip in the ocean to recover your legs. Cheers to you!!!

monday - day 4 - mishe mokwa to ray miller - 16 miles

sunday - day 3 - kanan to mishe mokwa - 15 miles

saturday - day 2 - stunt/schueren to kanan - 19 miles

What you get? Every day we will shuttle from our host hotel, the Westlake Village Inn, in Westlake Village to our day's trail head start location. You will be accompanied by knowledgeable, local trail runners, issued a trail map of the day's section, and met along the way by our support van for refueling and rehydrating while on the trail. At the conclusion of each day, we'll celebrate your accomplishments at the beer cooler and shuttle back to our host hotel...then do it all over again the next day! Just good times and great memories. Each runner is responsible for their own hotel accommodations, ground transportation to/from airport and breakfast & dinner. 

Day 1 of our Backbone Trail Camp will start in beautiful Pacific Palisades at Will Rogers Historic State. You will climb for the first six miles, so rest your legs; this day will be the greatest elevation gain of all four days. By the afternoon you will have run the first 18 miles of the Backbone Trail. We will finish at the top of Saddle Peak Road where your day will end as it started ~ with an ocean view. Congratulations!!!

friday - day 1 - will rogers state historic park to topanga state park - 18 miles

Backbone Trail Traverse Running Camp Itinerary

Locally famous and Nationally recognized ~ The Backbone Trail in beautiful Malibu, California. Trail Running Escapes offers a 4 day, fully supported Trail Running Camp that takes runners from the Eastern most section of the Backbone Trail to the Western most; starting at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades and finishing at Point Mugu State Park in Malibu. We'll run through four California State Parks - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Topanga State Park, Malibu Creek State Park and Point Mugu State Park. No better way to see our beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. All you have to do is register and run! 

Backbone Trail Traverse ~ Malibu, California

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS ~ 4 DAYS ~ 68 MILES ~ +14,728' ~ $595