Bay Area Trail Running Resources

SCA Trail in the Marin Headlands

The San Francisco Bay Area is a trail runner’s paradise. From the Marin Headlands, to the East Bay hills, the redwood forests of the peninsula and more - you could spend a lifetime exploring everything there is to offer. The running community is a friendly and welcoming one and there are clubs, group runs, and races to be found all over almost weekly.

Below is a collection of ways to connect and learn more about this amazing trail running scene.

Gear up

A Runner's Mind
Running store with group runs, locations in San Francisco, Burlingame, Lafayette, Los Gatos, and Los Altos

Auburn Running Company
The Endurance Capital's running source. Running gear and group runs.

Healdsburg Running Company
Running shoes (trail and road), apparel, gear, nutrition, runs, races, camps, ambassadors and more.

San Francisco Running Company
Not only one of the best running stores in the Bay Area, SFRC also serves as a running community hub and hosts group runs every weekend, locations in Mill Valley and San Anselmo.

Explore new parks and find new trails

Trailstompers Guide to SF Bay Area Trail Running
Amazing collection of trails and running routes all over the Bay Area. Organized by region, then by difficulty and distance - you can always find the right run for you. Detailed descriptions, printable maps, and GPX files accompany every route.

Groups, clubs & races

BayTrailrunners
Trail races and group runs.

Coastal Trail Runs
Trail races all over the Bay Area, often more than once a month.

Dolphin South End Runners
The DSE is a club that encourages runners/walkers of all levels to compete, socialize, have fun, and improve ourselves.

Enviro-Sports
Trail runs, road races, Alcatraz “Escape from the Rock” Duathlon.

Inside Trail Racing
Trail races of multiple distances all of the Bay Area almost monthly, including Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile.

NorCalUltras
Organizers of the Way Too Cool 50K, Amercan River 50 Mile, She Rocks the Trails, Rio del Lago 100 Mile

The North Face Endurance Challenge - California
An end of the racing season tradition here in the Bay. Several distances over two days of races in the Marin Headlands.

Pacific Coast Trail Runs
Trail races of multiple distances all of the Bay Area monthly.

Sasquatch Racing
Trail races.

Scena Performance
Trails races including Bay Ridge 100K / 50 Mile, Skyline 50K, Napa Valley 50K.

Vacation Races - Coastal Redwoods Trailfest
3 days of camping and running in some of the area's most beautiful trails.

West Coast Trail Runs
Northern California trail races.

Some favorite local running Instagram accounts

Catra Corbett
@dirtdiva333

Healdsburg Running Company
@healdsburgrunningcompany

Jorge Maravilla
@1jorgemaravilla

Lucas J. Shuman
@lucasishuman

Magda Boulet
@runboulet

Mark Tanaka
@ultrailrunner

NorCal Ultras
@norcalultras_running

Robert Rhodes
@baytrailrunners

Run Wild
@runwild

San Francisco Running Company
@sfrunco

YiOu Wang
@ywangruns