50 Trail Runs in Southern California Guide Book

by Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin (The Mountaineers Books)
50 Trail Runs in Southern California  by Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin

240pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0898867002

Southern California's accessible mountain and desert trails, not to mention its warm climate, make it one of the best US locations for the increasingly popular sport of trail running. The Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriels, the San Bernardinos, and Santa Ynez offer trails suited to all levels of skill and commitment, amidst stunning natural settings just a short drive from the major metropolitan cities of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This introductory guide to the sport includes all the information you need to get started, plus detailed descriptions of the most spectacular trails in the region.

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Trails from the "50 Trail Runs in Southern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.
... Preview: Delightful plants including wild artichokes, cactus, and colorful flowers line this course in abundance. A tree-lined stream is at the bottom of Wood Canyon. Rabbits are plentiful and often dart acros ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Laguna Beach, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: Joshua Tree National Park is a magical place guaranteed to inspire visitors with its beauty. The landscape reflects the ever-changing desert light with a kaleidoscope of color. Trails meander through ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Twentynine Palms, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 15.6
... Preview: What could be nicer than to visit a romantic city on a fascinating island? The course is a gem and starts within walking distance from the harbor and hotels. The trailhead is inside the Wrigley Memori ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Avalon, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 8.6
... Preview: This delightful trail begins along an old ranch road and crosses a shallow streambed nestled in an oak-filled canyon. After 4 miles, the trail narrows and winds along chaparral slopes with wonderful v ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Los Angeles, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 12.5
... Preview: This course offers a great view from the summit of Mount Vetter. It has only one moderate climb, but the altitude makes it challenging. The run starts in sage scrub and then follows a streambed under ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Pasadena, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.5
... Preview: Panoramic views with interesting rock formations highlight the early part of this tough course. A short detour from the main trail 1.3 miles from the start leads to Sandstone Peak, the highest peak in ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Malibu, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: This course begins at 7,000 feet with a wonderful descent into Cooper Canyon. The well-maintained trail traverses steep slopes covered with pine forests and manzanita groves. On the canyon floor, the ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Pasadena, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 13.6
... Preview: If you are looking for a quad-blasting experience on a short, steep climb, this is it. Cowles Mountain is the tallest mountain in the heart of San Diego. You will gain 950 feet in 1.5 miles on a chall ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
San Diego, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: This gorgeous course goes through a lush canyon with a bubbly stream, then up a fire road with vistas of Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands, and the Pacific Ocean. Ferns and vines line the numerous sw ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Montecito, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Open fields of grass and wildflowers and sagebrush-covered hills with ocean and canyon views characterize this course. The descent into the canyon follows a stream with heavy vegetation. The parking a ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Laguna Beach, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Franklin Canyon is a wonderful treasure between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This island of open space has lush trails with forests of eucalyptus, oak, and sycamore trees. There are ponds with ducks, ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Los Angeles, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: This delightful course is ideal for newcomers to trail running in Los Angeles. The wide, smooth fire roads are popular with walkers, runners, and equestrians. There are several water stops and rest ar ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Los Angeles, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.25
... Preview: This is a great course leading to the summit of Mount Lukens near the western end of the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Sunland, Tujunga, the San Fernando Valley, and the Verdugo Mountains. At 5,07 ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Burbank, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 11.5
... Preview: This is a terrific downhill course offering you great views of Cold Creek Preserve, Malibu Canyon, Las Flores Canyon, and the Pacific Ocean. The trail passes by fossilized impressions of ancient shell ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Malibu, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: This short but challenging run provides excellent views of Santa Barbara, the foothills, and higher mountain peaks. The first 0.75 mile is on a paved road up the hillside. Lush vegetation lines the re ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Santa Barbara, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: This course is the longer approach to the summit of Iron Mountain. The trail passes through coastal scrub, chaparral, and groves of eucalyptus and oak trees. Large granite boulders pepper the hillside ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Poway, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 9.6
... Preview: This course is the most direct approach to the summit of Iron Mountain. The first 1.7 miles go to the base of Iron Mountain, and the next 1.5 miles climb to the summit on switchbacks. There are fantas ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Poway, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.4
... Preview: This course traverses lush canyons with stream crossings and switchbacks up the mountainside. Rustic ranch houses in a meadow remind you of the area’s rich historical background. From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Santa Barbara, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This beautiful course crosses mountain crests with views of the coastline, the Channel Islands to the southeast, and the valleys and mountain ranges to the north. There are stunning rock formations al ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Malibu, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 11.5
... Preview: Peñasquitos translates from the Spanish as “little cliffs.” The name references the steep hills that border this delightful canyon. This area includes land first granted to San Diego by Mexico in 1820 ... From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Southern California"
Del Mar, CA - Trail Running - Trail Length: 12.5

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