Yosemite + Mammoth Lakes California Trail Running Vacation Sept 2023

Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA

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Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 6 - 14
Yosemite + Mammoth Lakes California Trail Running Vacation Sept 2023
Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA

Runcation Travel
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17 reviews

$NaN
Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 6 - 14

About this trip

Join us for our long weekend Runcation in California's Sierra Nevada for our Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Eastern Sierra trail running vacation. This high altitude itinerary delivers some of the best running in California on this 4-day long weekend running retreat. Our runs will take place in Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne, Mammoth Lakes,  and California's Eastern Sierra. Throughout the weekend our trail runs will take place in valleys with rising granite cliffs, Yosemite's high country, high-desert landscape through sagebrush-lined trails at the foot of snow-capped peaks, and the spectacular fall foliage in some of the best locations in the Sierra, Our afternoons and evenings afford plenty of time for guided adventures to hot springs, swimming in alpine lakes and beaches, afternoon runs/hikes, and lounging in the fresh air of the mountains on the deck of our comfortable and spacious mountain lodge. We get off the beaten tourist path as much as possible on this adventure to provide a California wilderness trail running adventure during the day, with comfortable evenings at a mountain lodge during the evenings. Options for activities like yoga, beer/wine tasting, and sports massage are available as well. 


Trip Difficulty: Level 2 

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This adventure running holiday is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. Multiple mileage options available each day, with the longest being 12 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This trip takes place at high altitude ranging from 4,000-10,000 feet. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 


This trip requires a minimum of 6 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants

Transport each day between locations and trailheads as well as group activities to hot springs, beaches, and lakes

Knowledgable guide and running coaches along the entire route

All National Park Entrance Fees

Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours and wellness options

Shared accommodation is included in shared mountainside cabins. 

Multiple pricing options based on single and shared accommodation. Single supplement option (private cabin) available for an additional fee depending upon availability. Book early for this option!

Not included

International airfare

Meals/Alcoholic Beverages

Travel Insurance




Before You Go

Getting There:

Mammoth Lakes can be reached by car or plane Update: Mammoth airport has been located to Bishop, CA, just 30 minutes away and is now open again for commercial flights. Please contact us if you have trouble determining how to arrive. 


Mammoth can also be reached by flying into Reno, Nevada (3 hour drive), Los Angeles, CA (LAX) or Las Vegas, NEV (LAS) and renting a car for the drive or driving from your location.


Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 

Fitness/Pacing:

While we accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip is best suited for participants able to run for 6-12 miles at a time. Multiple mileage options available each day, with the longest being 12 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This trip takes place at high altitude ranging from 4,000-10,000 feet. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!

Weather:

Although the weather in the locations we visit is often ideal during this time, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Mammoth!
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start the afternoon of Day 1 at our meeting spot in Mammoth Lakes. We'll get settled at our mountain lodge retreat for the weekend before heading out for a lake shakeout around one of the most scenic lakes in town followed by a sunset at the hot springs over the mountains and sagebrush. After a welcome dinner + drinks we'll catch some sleep before tomorrow's adventure. 


~4 miles, 400 feet elevation gain/loss

Your Organizer


RT
Runcation Travel
17 reviews
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.

Reviews

By tahnee g for Custom Trip Deposit on 23 Sep, 2022
Great time, thank you!
By Anastasia A for Stacie Custom Self-Guided Cham to Courmayeur to Aug 7-10, 2022 on 14 Aug, 2022
Runcation was so awesome. We had a fantastic time. The entire week was run really smoothly, Liz and the other guides did such a great job planning a variety of runs and all the logistics. Each day had an incredible run and lots of time to hang out with the other people on the trip. Would recommend a trip like this to any runner.
By Dave M for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
What an amazing trip. This was my 2nd trip with Runcation, and I'll certainly be doing a 3rd! Such a great mix of challenging days on the trail, with delicious meals/stops along the way, great hotels with spas, and towns and trails I never would have visited without this trip. Great group of people too :)
By Marne P for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
I traveled on a Hut-to-Hut Dolomites Runcation in July 2022 and it was truly amazing. We traveled with a group of 8 hikers/runners. As a consistent runner living in a very flat part of the world, the mountainous terrain was hard to train for and was certainly a technical challenge, but our guide led us through an incredible well-paced run/hike that met our experience-level and was incredible. Runcation and our knowledgeable/ skilled/ friendly Italian guides made sure that all of our logistics were accounted for and went smoothly (luggage transport, route, lodging, meals). This meant we could really focus on the journey from hut to hut (the rifugios were pretty luxurious "huts"!) and enjoy every minute along the way. The terrain and route and landscapes were truly unbelievable. Highly recommend!!
By Meagan I for Custom Jen, John, & Friends Dolomites Runcation: July 1-8 on 16 Jul, 2022
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My husband and I went on the Hut to Hut run in the Dolomites, July 2022. What a luxury to have all accommodations booked and luggage transport taken care of, for us! The scenery was unimaginable, and you just can't imagine the beauty-you have to be there! We had 8-15 miles runs each day and felt challenged by the ascents and terrain, but not defeated. (We are from Ohio, NO moutains.) The runcation organizer, Liz and guide, Dario took care of all of the logistics and it was amazing to just have to cover ground an eat a bunch of great food! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
By Amanda F on 21 Jul, 2022
The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020