Coastal Redwoods Trailfest

APRIL 12-14th, 2018  |  California

A 3-day celebration of trail running and the beautiful world around us.

Coastal Redwoods Trailfest

APRIL 12-14th, 2018  |  California

A 3-day celebration of trail running and the beautiful world around us.

What is Trailfest?

Trailfest is a social celebration. A meeting of friends who share a love of trail running, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation for our shared experience.

Run in the morning

Each morning, you'll run a gorgeous timed race on one of the world's most uniquely beautiful trail courses. 

You'll earn a finisher award for each daily race and overall winners will receive an additional placement award!

Explore all afternoon

After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and discovering other nearby beaches, restaurants, and sights. 

Absorb California.

Enjoy the evening

After a day on the trails, sit back, and enjoy deserved rest, delicious food, expert presenters and motivational speakers, live bands, bonfires, a trail running film festival, yoga clinics, gear demonstrations, and more!

3 Courses

(All courses subject to change.)

Day 1
Mt Tamalpais State Park (15.5 mi)

We are planning on our first course being in “Mt Tam” State Park. This will be a 15.5 mile course that will start and end at Stinson Beach.

This course starts and ends with coastal views, while climbing over Mt Tam and dropping into some lush and beautiful redwood groves. Some of the highlights of this course include the Redwood Creek area that borders Muir Woods National Monument, Table Rock, and Veteran’s Bench lookout.

This course is permit pending.

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Shuttle: Optional

Parking: Stinson Beach

Distance: 15.5 Miles

Start Time: 7:30am

Cutoff: 5 hrs

Nearby Attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, San Francisco

Day 2
Skyline Trail (12.9 miles)

This course will take you through an amazing section of trail in higher elevation redwood groves found along the Skyline, Bay Area Ridge, and Crystal Springs trails.

The start line is a short 20 minute drive up the hill through redwood forests from our festival headquarters.

This 13 mile run is the shortest and fastest of the 3 routes. You’ll start high and continue along the crest of the mountains for over 5 miles, before dropping down to the aid station at mile 7.5. From there you'll go through more redwood groves as you descend into the perfect finish area in Huddart Park!

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Shuttle: Mandatory

Parking: None

Distance: 12.9 Miles

Start Time: 7:00am

Cutoff: 4 hr 20 min

Nearby Attractions: Huddart Park, Wunderlich County Park, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco

Day 3
Pescadero (16.5 miles)

This third course takes you on your longest run of the festival, starting and finishing from festival headquarters!  This soft, single-track trail will take you through some of the most majestic redwood groves of the weekend.

Some of the highlights of this route are the Parke, Heritage, Big Tree, and Memorial Park redwood groves!

Be prepared for a couple of stream crossings in this lush forest of towering redwoods. You will climb and descend over 5,200 ft. on this 18 mile route, so leave some fuel in the tank for Day 3!

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Shuttle: None

Parking: Festival HQ

Distance: 16.5 Miles

Start Time: 7:00am

Cutoff: 5 hr 30 min

Nearby Attractions: Pescadero Creek Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, Memorial County Park, Pescadero State Beach, Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz


*all times tentative and subject to change


12:00pm - Check-in (Note: If you’re unable to pick up your bib on Wednesday they will be at the Mt Tam start line on Thursday)

6:30pm - Welcome/Event Overview

7:00pm - Check-in Ends

10:00pm - Quiet Hour Begins

10:30pm - Fires out


4:30am - Breakfast Starts

7:30am - Mt Tam race starts

4:00pm - Yoga & Massages begin

5:30pm - Dinner Begins

7:00pm - Awards

7:15pm - Course Preview

8:00pm - Film Festival (TBA)

8:30pm - Dinner Ends

10:00pm - Quiet Hour Begins

10:30pm - Fires out


5:30am - Breakfast Starts

7:00am - Skyline Trail race starts

2:00pm - Yoga & Massages begin

5:00pm - Dinner Begins // Speaker (TBA)

6:00pm - Live Music

7:00pm - Awards

7:15pm - Course Preview

8:30pm - Dinner Ends

10:00pm - Quiet Hour Begins

10:30pm - Fires out


5:30am - Breakfast Starts

7:00am - Pescadero race starts

2:00pm - Yoga & Massages begin

5:00pm - Dinner Begins

6:00pm - Awards

7:00pm - Keynote Speaker- Dean Karnazes

8:30pm - Dinner Ends

10:00pm - Quiet Hour Begins

10:30pm - Fires out

Lodging Options

Festival HQ will be at Redwood Glen in Loma Mar, California!

Choose from several lodging options including free tent camping or some cabin options if you'd prefer to upgrade.

And yes, you can bring your friends and family. No matter what you choose, your accommodations will be available from noon on Wednesday through noon on Sunday. (4 nights!)

**Please Note: Dogs are not allowed on the Redwood Glen property, and will not be allowed at the festival.

**Redwood Glen is a camp facility that is reserved for events. Our reservation runs from Wednesday through Sunday. The site cannot accommodate early arrivals or late checkouts.

Tent Camping

Your Trailfest entry fee includes a camping pass to our group area at race headquarters.

You may bring your own tent or we can provide one for you.

RV Camping

We do have RV spots available with hookups, but they are extremely limited.

Group Cabin

We have lots of beds available in the group cabin buildings! These are communal, open-floor cabins with bathrooms and showers. Runners bring their own pillows, sheets, and linens.

We'll make sure groups are together, but you may share a cabin with runners you don't know yet. New friends!

Private Room

We do have some private rooms available, with two beds and a private bathroom and shower. Private rooms come with bedding.

Spaces are limited!

"Do I have to stay at festival HQ?"
Nope! We'll provide a tent and campsite for everyone who registers, but you don't have to take advantage of it. If you want to stay somewhere else and drive yourself to the festival and races, that is allowed.


We encourage you to drive to the start of each race so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the park and surrounding area on your schedule!

Not driving? The Pescadero course starts within walking distance of Festival HQ and we will shuttle everyone the short distance to the Skyline Trail start. There will also be an optional shuttle available to the Mt. Tam course for a fee.

We’ll provide more specifics about Trailfest transportation options and timelines as the event gets closer!


Coastal Redwoods Trailfest HQ will be located at Redwood Glen in Loma Mar, California (100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar, CA 94021).

If you're flying to the area, we recommend flying into either San Jose International Airport (SJC) (approximately 1 hr. drive to HQ), or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (about a 1 hr. 15 min. drive to HQ). There are plenty of car rental options at either of these airports.

There will be plenty of parking at the Redwood Glen venue, but of course we encourage you to carpool with others whenever possible. 


What have others said about Trailfest?

Super excited!

Super excited to run the trails of Nor Cal! Did the grand circle trailfest and looking forward to this new adventure!

Jill Hansen
Trailfest Participant

Thank you for a well organized race. My kids loved the park and dancers which made for easy entertainment after running!

Erin Nash-Fairfax
Trailfest Participant

Best adventure ever!

Margaret Metzger
Trailfest Participant

Absolutely amazing!

Trailfest was absolutely amazing! Very well organized and so much fun! Thank you everyone who helped put this event together!

Staci Geiselman
Trailfest Participant

Unexpected Laughing Fits

Pack up extra're going to fall into some great unexpected laughing fits with a few hundreds of the newest members of your trail family

Christina Vincent
Trailfest Participant

Excellent event!

It was an excellent event! Thanks, Trailfest!

Fawn Viator Hernandez
Trailfest Participant

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All Access

3-day Pass

April 12-14

  • Entry to all 3 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 6 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$685 / runner

2-Race Pass
+ Festival

April 12-14

  • Entry to any 2 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 4 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$490 / runner

1-Race Pass
+ Festival

April 12-14

  • Entry to any 1 course
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 2 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$295 / runner

Registration Periods

Early Bird: July 14 – Oct. 8, 2017
Regular: Oct. 9, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018
Late: Jan. 22 – Apr. 8, 2018


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will Trailfest sell out?

What time does the race start?

How do I register on a team/How do teams work?

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Are there aid stations on course?

Are dogs allowed?

Are strollers allowed?

How do meal tickets work?

Do I have to stay at the festival?

How do the tents work at the festival?