Leo Carrillo State Park

Date Trail Head Start Time Distance
Oct 1 7:00 8 or more

Event Instructions

MARKER OF THE DAY:  Wansun Song - Thank you !!!!

Course Details

Restrooms:

Trailhead

Water:

Trailhead

Course Type:

Keyhole

Scheduled Runs Subject to Change

On rare occasions, road closures, fires, torrential rain or other natural disasters force us to change the run location. Please check the club web site on Saturday night for the most up-to-date schedule information.

New Runners

Please get to the trail head at least 15 minutes earlier if you are new to the club and/or have not run the trail before.

Course Description

Leo Carillo State Park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains, it's a hidden heaven for big adventures.
This club run is a relative short run all on single track (8miles with a total elevation gain of 2,200ft. and amazing ocean views) with the option to add more miles on two optional out & backs.
The start of this run is at a short distance beyond the official State Park entrance on the right side.
The first couple miles are steep climbing up the "Nicolas Flat Trail". In the short distance of 2,5miles we will have climbed 1,700ft., don't be afraid to hike the steep sections! But after that we'll enter the beautiful "Nicolas Flat Meadows". We will loop around this very special place with it's Nicolas Pond and newly rebuild trails, all relatively flat, working our way around via the "Ridgeline Trail" that brings us back on the "Nicolas Flat Trail". For the final 1 mile descend we take the fun "Willow Creek Trail".
The course will be marked as the 8 mile loop but will add a first optional arrow for an out & back (#1) into the beautiful Nicolas Canyon with amazing meadows and ocean vistas where you can run out for two miles max so that will give you an extra 3-4 miles if desired. A second out & back (#2) can be done at the Malibu Springs Trail with exeptional views of the Sandstone Peak mountain range that takes you down in 1.9 miles to Mulholland, so here you can add 3.8 miles of blissful (but possibly overgrown) single track trail.

NO WATER so bring plenty and some calories if you plan to run more miles. You'll get a great workout here on beautiful trails without the crowds!


Parking without fee along the PCH across the official Leo Carillo State Park entrance, obey parking signals. Along the PCH are stairs that bring us right down on the beach. Bring a towel, a sandwich and some drinks. Soak the sore legs in the cold ocean for a little bit and then go warm up in the sand, have a relaxing pic-nic on the beach while socializing with the group. Leo Carillo is one of the coolest beaches we have, with low tide it's a great tide-pool spot also!

Where to park & meet: see Google map https://goo.gl/maps/9DYqO