While it's cold and snowy everywhere else, we'll be running the trails under a California sun. Come see Southern California's beauty from the inside out. You'll spend 5 days exploring some of the best trails Socal has to offer. The Santa Monica Mountains offer diverse terrain, miles of single track and expansive views. When the day is done, rest your legs and replenish your body at one of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks or Malibu's award winning restaurants and wineries. Before you click on the drop down menu to see our featured camps, read why you should come run with us!!!
Depending on which Camp you choose will determine our departure time from the Westlake Village Inn each day. Typically our Santa Monica Mountains camp departs at 8:30 AM and our Backbone Camp departs at 7:45 AM. From the Westlake Village Inn, we will shuttle to our start location. Each day we will average 12 miles with plenty of climbing*. These camps are set in theSanta MonicaMountains where most trails head up, so bring your rested legs. These trails are not technically difficult, but challenging. Every runner should be able to run and/or hike 10 miles a day**. Our support vehicle will be available if you choose not to go long on any day. We offer each day's proposed route along with a shorter option.
We are typically done each day by 12:30/1:00 PM on our SMM Camps and 3:00 PM on our Backbone Camps. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided afterwards. Our Mammoth Mountain and Sedona Camps start at 8:30 AM and typically ends around 1:00 PM; depending on our shuttle time.
Every runner must carry at least one handheld water bottle or camel back. Water, sports drinks, powders, gels, bars, chomps, salty snacks, sweets, fruit and more will be available before, after and during every run. Our support vehicle is never far for refueling, rehydrating or shedding a layer of clothing. Every runner will be given a trail route map with specific directions. In addition to an overall course description before every run.
Trail Running Escapes camps are NOT "coaching" camps. Although our runs are hosted by certified running coaches, our camps are not comprised of coaching sessions, nor white boards or plyometric exercises. We offer fun, challenging trail runs in beautiful settings. Trail Running Escapes brings together trail runners from across the nation to share in the love of trail running ~ an "escape" from your regular run!
* Our Backbone Trail Camp is a "Specialty Camp" designed over 4 days, so our average daily mileage is higher ~ 17 Miles a day. You must be able to run/hike for 4-5 Hours a day!
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"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