trail running camps & vacations 

in california and beyond  


Welcome to Trail Running Escapes!!!

2019 DATES

​​February 4-8                 Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                    Agoura, California               Santa Monica Mountains

​March 11-15                 Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                    Agoura, California               Santa Monica Mountains

April 20 - Race # 1        Singletrack Stampede ~ Trail of the Ancients                      Calabasas, California          Las Virgenes Valley - SMM

​May 13-17                     Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                    Agoura, California               Santa Monica Mountains

June 1 - Race # 2          Phantom Trail Races                                                              Agoura, California               Reagan Ranch State Park - SMM

​​September 23-27         Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                    Agoura, California               Santa Monica Mountains

October 5 - Race # 3    Hiawatha Trail Races                                                              Newbury Park, Ca               Santa Monica Mountains

​October 21-25              Santa Monica Mountains Trail Running Camp                    Agoura, California               Santa Monica Mountains

November 8-11            Backbone Trail Running Camp                                              Malibu, California               Santa Monica Mountains

Nov. 16 - Race # 4        No Name 5030 Trail Races                                                    Agoura Hills, Ca                  Santa Monica Mountains

Date TBD                       Socalultrarunning Trail Race Series Party                            Agoura Hills, Ca                  Santa Monica Mountains **INVITE ONLY**

Why run with us?​

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

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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. 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

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.

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

"The Backbone Camp was one of the best experiences of my life. I feel so accomplished having done it and it was so well organized. I felt so comfortable and supported the entire time. The people I met along the way, including the guides, were awesome. And the snacks were amazing. I can't wait to do another trail running escape with you." ~ Kira from Thousand Oaks, 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

"Thank you so much for giving us a great 5 days in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was fantastic."~ Joany & Mark from Ontario

"Erica does an outstanding job with every aspect of the camp...trail selection, transportation, snacks/food, hospitality. Doesn't matter if you're slow or fast, she allows everyone to enjoy the trails and scenery at their own pace. She's a pro and knows the local trails like no other! Already planning to attend next year." ~ Keith from Oklahoma City, OK

"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

​"Great trail running camp. Erica does such a great job ~ for example when she found out that I could not handle caffeine and all the gels she had had caffeine in them she went out and got me some gels with no caffeine in them. This is only 1 example of how well you are treated at this camp." ~ Bob from NorCal

"I just can't say enough about Erica and this running camp! All you have to do is show up--they've thought of everything. Taking you to beautiful areas of Southern CA, showing up just when you need them along the run to have cold drinks and goodies, just such a wonderful experience. Highly recommend this to everyone!" ~ Dina from Westlake Village, Ca

​"Excellent camp. Was great for my wife to have people to run with and support her. Everything was well organized. Thank you for the perfect vacation." ~ Donovan from Canada

​"Had an amazing experience! I highly recommend to all, from experienced athletes who are looking to try a new terrain to the back of the pack (like me). Course was beautiful and the support was more than I expected. I look forward to trying her other escapes. Thank you Erica, Nicole and Stephanie for a wonderful time!" ~ Mariel from Camarillo, Ca