IN EXTREME HEAT, RUNNERS SHOULD...
- FREEZE YOUR BOTTLES
- CARRY EXTRA FLUIDS
- WET THEIR CLOTHING
- WEAR SHADE HATS, SUNCREEN
- SLOW DOWN THEIR PACE TO KEEP YOUR INTERNAL TEMPERTURE LOWER.
SMASH & DASH WARNING:
Warning to all who park at trailheads, lock your vehicles and do not leave anything in plain sight. Put bags, etc. in your locked trunk. Smash & Dash burglars look for anything they can grab quickly if they smash your window. They dont spend time looking through the vehicle, thus the name Smash & Dash.
* Read all the information on the web page, especially the TRAIL GUIDELINES and FAQs.
* It is always a good idea to check the Trail Run Events Blog on the night before each run in case there has been a last minute change of location or even run cancellation.
* This run will be held "rain or shine".
* Please remember that this is a volunteer group and it is "free" to run with the group. That said, there are rules and recommendations as posted on the ULs website. The course arrows are made by volunteers who are not responsible to babysit you during the runs. You are running entirely at your own risk and if you arent willing to accept this risk, you are also free to leave the group.
DATE: Saturday, July 2
MEET, GREET, GROUP PHOTO: 6:30 AM. We will leave for the park at 6:45 AM.
~Exit the 101 at Las Virgenes Rd.
~Note: Can also be reached from PCH.
~ Park on the NW side of Las Virgenes Road (this is before Mulholland Hwy when you are driving from the 101).
~ Look for the large sign that says SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA
~ If coming from the 101, the sign will be on your RIGHT just before you come to the traffic light at Mulholland Hwy.
~ Turn into the large parking area and PARK HEAD IN to save space for others.
MAX RUNNING TIME & DISTANCE: 22-miles or 5h00m; Recommend running out for 2h20m, turn around at 2h15 and this gives you 2h40m for the return trip.
- You can run out-and-back for 20-miles; turn around at 2h20m; no water option for out-and-back run... or...
- You can run the entire 16-mile loop and continue on for additional mileage; this gives you water at mile 14 in the Tapia bathroom.
~ SIGN IN SHEET: Please use the sign-in sheet at the beginning and end of your run. Please note that if you fail to "check off" at the end of your run, you may risk having search and rescue called out at your own expense. NOTE: I need a car license number for every runner signed in.
- If you are running the 16-mile loop, water will be at the toilet when you come down into Tapia Park west (mile 14) . Look for the concrete block toilet on your right when you come down the trail.
- If you are running out-and-back for 20-miles, you must carry enough fluids, calories and electrolytes to sustain you for the entire run.
~ ARROWS: Trails will be marked with minimal flour arrows. You will follow the same arrows out and back. There is no guarantee that you wont get lost. Hikers may erase the marks; other running clubs mark their own arrows also; fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Pay attention to landmarks to avoid getting lost or better yet, carry your own bottle of flour and make your own arrows (seriously)! Remember, if you want to follow our arrows, you should stay behind the arrow marker.
BY ATTENDING THESE RUNS, YOU AGREE:
~That you are running at your own risk.
~That you are trained for and in shape for 5-hours of very hilly miles.
~That you will carry enough fluid, calories and electroloytes to sustain you through 20 very hilly miles.
~That you will run unsupported; finding your own way around the course
following the printed directions.
~That you are fully prepared to run in the heat.
~That you may encounter poison oak.
~That you may encounter rattlesnakes and/or other wildlife.
~That you will wear hats, visors, bandanas, sleeves, and sun block.
~That you will not wear headphones while running on the course.
~That you will not litter the course.
~That you will not hold Trail Run Events or its agents or officers
responsible for injury or death to yourself resulting from your training run.
~That you assume responsibility and expense for your own rescue and removal from the course should it be required. This includes, but is not limited to air evacuation.
RUNNING DIRECTIONS - PLEASE PRINT AND CARRY ON THE RUN:
BULLDOG 25K TRAINING RUN – 16.5 MILES -- APPROXIMATE
~Walk west on Las Virgenes Road to the entrance of MCSP.
~Turn RIGHT into MCSP and proceed through the guard kiosk.
~Follow the paved road to the end of the parking lot on your left – mile 0.4.
~The start of the Bulldog Race is here at the driveway at the end of the parking
~Follow the paved road to the fire gate at the entrance to Craggs Road (across from the day use parking lot). Toilets are located in the parking lot on the left.
~Turn RIGHT onto Craggs Road – mile 0.7.
~Follow Craggs Road to the junction – mile 1.5 and continue RIGHT to the top of the hill overlooking Century Reservoir – mile 2.0.
~Continue down hill (porta potty on right). Continue straight to the river(bridge) – mile 2.6.
~Cross the river using the bridge and bear RIGHT. Take the narrow trail through
the dry creek that opens back up onto Craggs Road – mile 3.1.
~Coming out of the dry creek, stay on the main trail, past the MASH site, to the bottom of Bulldog Motorway (mile 3.4). Turn LEFT on Bulldog Motorway, go up hill.
~At the junction of Bulldog Lateral (approx. mile 4.4), bear LEFT, and continue up hill.
~Follow Bulldog Motorway to the top of Castro Crest – mile 7.1.
~Turn LEFT at the top of Bulldog Motorway and proceed down to Corral Canyon – mile 7.9 - Go through the locked fire gate, down to the parking lot.
~Leave Corral Canyon via Backbone Trail (aka Mesa Peak Motorway) to the southwest (to the left of the fire road straight in front of you). This trail goes up and over some very big rock formations. It soon opens up onto an unmaintained fire road (Mesa Peak Motorway).
~Continue along Mesa Peak Motorway (bear LEFT at Puerco Canyon fire road) all the way into Tapia Park (mile 13.9) - Water and toilets available at Tapia (water in the sink in bathroom). NOTE: Do not turn right on Puerco Canyon fire road.
~From the Tapia toilet, follow the trail LEFT; the trail immediately turns RIGHT and heads down to the paved service road. Cross the road and take the trail by the chain link fence down to the creek.
~Cross the creek and follow the trail up to the Tapia picnic area; follow the trail left along the parking lot and through the fire gate – mile 14.2.
~Continue on the dirt fire road to Spur Trail (mile 14.5). Cross over the paved driveway to pick up Spur Trail.
~Follow Spur Trail up and over the mountain and down the other side into Malibu Creek State Park – mile 15.5.
~Leave Spur Trail by running through the dirt parking lot and turn RIGHT and proceed along gravel road.
~Turn LEFT at the pavement (mile 15.9) and proceed to the locked fire gate at the river crossing (Craggs Road – mile 16.1.
~Continue on pavement past the Craggs Road fire gate to the ranger kiosk at park entrance – mile 16.4.
~Turn left on Las Virgenes Road to corner of Mulholland Highway.