Trail Running Escapes in Southern California

Rising high above the 90265 is a lesser-known number… 3,114. That is the highest elevation in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the posh neighborhood in Los Angeles county more commonly known as Malibu, California. However, this article has nothing to do with divas and everything to do with dirt.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area is home to over 500 miles of trails. It is also one of only five destinations in the world considered to have a Mediterranean climate. Average Spring/Fall temperatures are in the mid 60’s; Summer temperatures are in the mid 70’s and Winter temperatures are in the high 50’s. So why would you explore any other place when the white stuff is falling from the sky? Southern California’s year round pleasant weather means the mountains are open twelve months a year.

Mountains so rich in history and systems of trails bringing them all together, you’d have to run at least 17 miles a day, everyday for 30 days to see all that the Santa Monica Mountains have to offer. Canyons once home to the hit TV series M*A*S*H and caves rumored to be Jim Morrison’s “hang”. You’ll want to fill up your bottle and throw on your sneaks, because there is only one way to get there…by hitting the trails.

A local favorite is the Santa Monica Mountains ridge line trail, also known as the Backbone trail, stretching from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu State Park. Consisting of over 65 miles of nearly all single-track, the Backbone trail follows the ridge while traversing Chaparral covered hillsides, Oak woodlands and crosses creeks on the Valley floors.

Situated only one hour from the Los Angeles International airport, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area consists of over 153,000 acres making it the largest urban National Park. Southern California weather and accessibility to hundreds of miles of trails is why Trail Running Escapes makes it’s home in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Every Spring, Fall & Winter they offer 5 day trail running camps that explore 40-60 miles and cover over 9,500’ of elevation gain. Trail Running Escapes’ camps showcase the best trails the Santa Monica Mountains have to offer…as only locals can do.

For more information on the Santa Monica Mountains trail running camps, please visit www.trailrunningescapes.com A calendar of camp dates is available on line as well.

Singletrack Stampede ~ Trail of the Ancients

 

JOIN US ON SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH FOR THE SECOND RUNNING OF SINGLETRACK STAMPEDE BROUGHT TO YOU BY SOCALULTRARUNNING.
95% SINGLETRACK TRAILS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
22 K and 41 K DISTANCES AVAILABLE.
COME RUN ALONG THE ANCIENT TRAILS THAT WERE GUIDED BY CHUMASH INDIANS IN THE 18TH CENTURY. SEE WHY THE LAS VIRGENES CANYON VALLEY ~
“A VALLEY WITH LITTLE WATER AND PLENTIFUL LIVE OAKS”  IS NOT TO BE MISSED! RUN THROUGH SEVERAL DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS, UP 2 PYRAMID TRAILS AND EXPERIENCE EXPANSIVE VIEWS!
BRING YOUR BEST LEGS AND EAT YOUR WHEATIES, BECAUSE THIS RACE IS ONLY FOR THE STRONG OF MIND AND BODY!!!

Elevation profile is for one loop ~ 22 K and 2,300′ elevation gain. Marathoners will run two loops for 41 K and 4,600′ elevation gain.

Race Calendar

Haunted Trails of the Night is Saturday, October 17th, 2015

5K and 10K Runs + “Family 5K Run/Walk”

Register now at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=33103

 

 

 

 

 

No Name 5030 ~ Sunday, October 25th

15K ~ 30K ~ 50K Distances

Register today at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=31120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s official!!! No Name 5030 will be Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Register now at www.imATHLETE.com/events/socalultrarunning

I will be producing the first ever ultra distance trail race through the canyons of Cheeseboro National Park in Agoura Hills, California ~ No Name 5030 offers distances of 50K, 30K and 15K. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on race details.

Coming in 2015 ~ socalultrarunning will be launching Trail Running Escapes!!! We will be offering 5 day trail running camps in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains from January through April. In the summer of 2015, we’ll be taking our love on the road to Oregon where we will set up base camp in Bend for 6 days of trail running in the Deschutes and Willamette Forest areas.

Please visit our website at: www.trailrunningescapes.com for more details.

My passion is running and unless you stumbled onto my site by accident, you would know this about me already. Last year I took the step of marrying my older love of event production and joined it with my running passion to produce a series of trail races with my business partner Janna Williams. Sunset Trail Series ~ Malibu Nights is an 8 week 5K trail race series set in the beautiful mountains of Malibu, California. We hope to bring another season of STS~Malibu Nights in 2015.

Visit www.sunsettrailseries.com for more information. 

Coming in May 10, 2014, E & J Productions will be bringing you Run For The Kids. A 10K, 5K and 1K Kids Run through lovely Woodley Park around Lake Balboa in Encino, California. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and St. Jude’s Research Hospital. An awesome reason to run…besides your love of it!                                                        Registration is open now at imATHLETE  

 

About Erica

Erica is the Founder of Trail Running Escapes and socalultrarunning. As well as an award winning trail runner, accomplished endurance athlete, RRCA, USAT&F and Natural Running Certified Coach, Race Director, Freelance Writer and Photographer.

As an athlete, she has been featured in LAS&F and Ultrarunning magazine. Erica supports her sport of running as a member of RRCA and USAT&F. As a writer and photographer, her work has been featured in sports and fitness print publications, digital media and newspapers.

Erica is also a Founding member of the fast growing, Conejo Valley Trail Runners club.  CVTR is a member only club offering two weekly trail runs of varying distances in and around the Conejo Valley.

Erica continues to run competitively as she enhances the lives of people through coaching. Enabling her clients to discover the only limits they have are those in their minds.

Please contact Erica at ericagratton@gmail.com or call directly (805) 807-8022 to hear how Erica can help attain your goals through a personalized training program, one on one training runs and video analysis.

As Race Director, Erica is produces the No Name 5030 Trail Races in Cheeseboro National Park, the Haunted Trails of the Night Trail Runs at Paramount Ranch and the Singletrack Stampede in the MRCA trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. Visit socalultrarunning on Facebook to stay up to date on race details or visit the website at www.socalultrarunning.com and look for future events to be brought to you by socalultrarunning.

As Founder of Trail Running Escapes, Erica produces Trail Running Camps in Southern California and beyond. Please visit: www.trailrunningescapes.com for more information on camps and vacations. Follow us on Facebook too!