Next Club Run

Date Event Trail Head Start Time Distance
Feb 25 Liberty Canyon Run 7:00 11


Most of our runs begin at 7:00 am sharp.

Please get to the trail head a little early; at least 15 minutes earlier if you are new to the club or have not run the trail before.

Non members please bring waiver.

2018 Membership via UltraSignup only.

Trail Runners Club Video

About Us

The Trail Runners Club was founded on 1988 by Stan Swartz  (03/10/1934 - 05/30/2017).
We meet every Sunday morning to run one of many courses throughout the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, sometimes also in the San Gabriel mountains and other areas.
We run only on single track trails and fireroads.
If you live in or are visiting the Los Angeles area and enjoy running in natural settings with great people then you will love the Trail Runners Club.

Annual membership now via UltraSignup.

Happy trails, Ann Ongena - club director

Which GPS Unit is the Best is for You?

Member Bob Pietzke recently sent this article comparing GPS units.  Some of the units varied, and foilage coverage and steep elevation changed considerable. Consistent distances were achieved by asking Ernie.

Run the Backbone--Spring 2012

Run The Backbone in Spring 2012
I am pretty excited about this one. This Spring of 2012 will have a unique opportunity to run the entire Backbone Trail with 4 consecutive Sunday legs. The entire trail spans 68 miles from Will Rogers Park to the Ray Miller Trail of Pt. Mugu Park. The 4 legs of 17.8 mi., 18.6 mi., 16.3 mi and 16.0 mi. are sections that will be fairly manageable, and the stringing of these trails will unite the Backbone Trail.
 Leg 1--Will Rogers Park to the top of Hondo Canyon--17.8 miles
From Will Rogers Park we ascend with ocean glimpses of the Santa Monica Bay. The continuation to the Hub will next connect via Eagle Springs Road and Musch Trail. After refreshing-up at Trippet, we casually descend the Dead Horse Trail. After the lush Hondo Canyon, we take one last ascend to the top--finishing the first leg--with a view of the Santa Monica Bay and Catalina Island and the horizon is almost at the curvature of the earth. Beautiful! After one short trail to Schueren Road, there are fossils embedded into rocks seen at the right.

Yosemite --If a picture shows 1,000, then a video shows 1,000,000

On our TRC trip to Yosemite on Sept.23-25 was a beautiful run from Tenaya Lake to Clouds Rest and down to the Valley.  Our production videos by member James captured our apical reach to Clouds Rest, and his condense  of our trip.  Here is the Clouds Rest climb:


And here is a condensed video of the Yosemite trip:


The Rich History is in Mt. Lowe

Hi guys,
All members are welcome October 9th to enjoy a jaunt in the nearby San Gabriel Mts. (about a 45-minute drive from Santa Monica).  Meet at 7 AM at the Trail Head at the end of Lake Avenue in Altadena--We are not starting from the high school on Temescal Canyon Road.
There is no poison oak on this course, and none of those annoying rolling hills.  The out course is up, and the return is down--so at any time you know whether you are going toward your car, or away from it.  There is no water on the course.  This course will be marked with flour arrows.  If you have any questions, let me know
The San Gabriels are very beautiful and you can still see remnants of its glorious past.  

The TRC in theTransRockies--August 21-26

Several of our TRC members commenced the TransRockies 2011 Race on August 21 for 120 miles for a beautiful but difficult experience.  TransRockies Run course runs from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek, through the heart of the White River and San Isabel National Forests. The course includes a mix of singletrack and forest road with nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain, reaching altitudes of over 12,500 ft.  Members of TRC coupled in 2-man teams.  Ann and Art as a team and Emmy with a teammate and Lori with a teammate. 

It won't be long and we will hear the stories and experiences of these rugged individuals.  I am so proud for them all and Congratulations!!!

 TransRockies 2011 website


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