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  • 5 unforgettable trail runs
  • Run through 2 wilderness areas
  • Amazing views and high mountain passes

7-Day San Juan Adventure

With Anna Frost and Trail Run Adventures

The 7-Day San Juan Running Adventure is a scenic tour of the best trail runs in the Telluride, Silverton and Ouray areas. This year we have teamed up with pro trail runner and Hardrock 100 champion Anna Frost and Trail Run Adventures for the tour. Join us for a week of trail running to cascading waterfalls, beautiful aspen forests, and high alpine tundra in the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado.


Dates: Aug 26 – Sept 1, 2018        Duration: 7 Days

Group Size: 6 – 12 Participants, 3+ Guides        Difficulty Rating:

Price: $2,495, Double Occupancy

  • P1130938What to expect

    During this 7-day adventure you will have the opportunity to run on five separate outings. The first few days will be spent in the Telluride area and consist of long scenic runs through the forest and unforgettable outings through the alpine tundra. From Telluride we will work our way east and enjoy two more days of stunning trails as we work our way to the Ouray area. Here you will have the opportunity to run old historic mining roads while passing through ghost towns dating back to 1880 as well as an exhilarating run into Ouray on a trail that is literally cut into the mountain side. Many of the runs during this adventure are considered to be of moderate level and we encourage participants to arrive in good running condition. This is a perfect trip for both experienced trail runners and those new to the sport looking to experience the joys of running on beautiful mountain trails.

    Guest Guides

    Anna Frost (Frosty)

    Anna is an international and professional mountain, trail and ultra runner who has 13 years of experience in all sorts of races from VK’s to 100miles as well as adventures in/and out of the mountains such as adventure racing, triathlons fast-packing, biking, hiking and running.


    Ron Braselton (Braz)

    Ron is a trail lover, following his heart to run races as he travels and explores new cultures. His adventure for anything is contagious and his passion to share that with others is why Trail Run Adventures was born.

  • Please note that daily runs are subject to change due to weather and trail conditions. Summer in the San Juans typically produces afternoon thunderstorms that we can plan around by starting and finishing our daily runs early. In the event of bad weather, especially above treeline, MOST planned runs have a contingency option that will give us a safer run for the day. All runs are optional and you can choose not to participate at anytime


    Day 1: Arrive in SW Colorado

    On day one we will meet in Telluride at 5:30 pm for an introduction meeting and group welcome dinner.There are many options for flying to the area with the easiest and most popular being Montrose (MTJ). From Montrose there are two options for the 90-minute shuttle ride to the Telluride: Western Slope Rides and Telluride Express.

    Lodging: Telluride
    Meals included: Dinner


    Day 2: Deep Creek Trail

    Today we will go for a run on one of Telluride’s finest forested trails. The Deep Creek Trail is a scenic rolling trail that runs through giant aspen groves, open flower filled meadows and past cascading waterfalls.

    Lodging: Telluride
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Run: 10 miles


    Day 3: Lizard Head Wilderness Alpine Run

    Today’s run is one of our favorites!. The Lizard Head Wilderness is home to multiple stunning 13-14,000ft peaks as well as some of the most scenic trails systems in the area. This loop through the alpine wilderness will begin with a climb from Lizard Head Pass to the high alpine where we will spend most of the day.

    Lodging: Telluride
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Run: 10 miles


    Day 4: Alpine Run to Ophir Pass

    Today we will go for one of the longest and most scenic runs of the trip. Starting from the Telluride Valley we will run to the Opus Hut perched high on Ophir Pass. Along the way we will run miles of trail above treeline and cross multiple high mountain passes. Once at the Opus Hut we will settle in for the afternoon and enjoy the incredible views.

    Lodging: Opus Hut, Ophir Pass

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 10-12 miles


    IMG_2141 2Day 5: Alpine Run Near Silverton

    Home of the Hardrock 100, Silverton is a quint town in the heart of the San Juans with a reputation for great trail running. Today we will choose from one of the many options in area and enjoy the spectacular scenery the area has to offer. Following the run we will spend the night in historic downtown Silverton.

    Lodging: Silverton

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 7+ miles


    Day 6: Alpine Run to Ouray

    Today will be our final run and one of the best of the trip. Starting up 4wd road, we will climb to the top of Engineer Pass where we will gain some of the best views of the entire trip. From here we will head down on a single track trail through fields of wildflowers and alpine tundra across the American Flats in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Before descending down into Ouray this trail will make one last climb and traverse a spectacular breathe taking ridge known as The Bridge of Heaven. Running Gallery - 20985As a bonus to today’s run, this trail will lead us directly into the town of Ouray and our hotel. Following the run we will have a farewell group dinner at one of Ouray’s restaurants and a relaxing soak in the town’s hot springs.

    Lodging: Ouray

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 15 miles


    Day 7: Travel Home

    Today you will travel home. Please be sure to let us know your departure flight details so that we can arrange your transportation back to Montrose. If possible, please try to arrange a morning or late morning flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Lodging

    All lodging between our scheduled first and last night is included in the price. We believe that while on vacation the places you stay can dramatically affect a trip of this sort. Staying in nicer more comfortable places at a slightly higher cost does nothing but benefit the group. If you eat well, sleep well and enjoy your accommodations you will most likely perform better on our daily runs.



    The first three nights of this trip will be spent in the beautiful ski town of Telluride. This famous and historic town will be comfortable place to rest after a long day of running and the perfect way to refuel for the next. From Telluride, we will start our journey to Ouray by spending one night at the top of Ophir pass at the cozy Opus Hut. Built as a ski hut, the Opus Hut sits at 11,600′, runs completely off of solar power has amazing views that seem to go on and on. Staying here is truly a unique experience that you will remember forever. From Ophir Pass we will travel to the historic mining town of Silverton, home of the Hardrock 100. Staying in this authentic Victorian style town, you will feel like you have taken a step back in time to when miners and gunslingers walked the streets of this classic western town. From Silverton we will finish our adventure in the colorful town of Ouray. Labeled as the “Switzerland of America” this old Victorian mining town has a charm that is hard not to love. With relaxing hot spring pools located in town, this will be a perfect way to finish a long week of perfect trail running.
    All trip prices are based on double room occupancy when staying in hotels. Most, but not all, of our accommodations have the option for single occupancy if you prefer. Please inquire with Highline for these options and additional costs.ScanImage3

  • Gear

    High in the San Juan Mountains temps can fluctuate significantly like in most alpine environments and we need to plan for any conditions we might come across. Please read the detailed gear list and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

    Travel Clothing and Gear

    • Large Duffel Bag- All luggage will need to be carried a 1/4 mile to the Opus Hut. Duffels are much easier to carry than traditional luggage and easier to transport in the van.
    • In Town Clothing- Please bring a few comfortable items of clothing to change into following our daily runs. Most days in the San Juans require only shorts, jeans, t-shirts and a hoodie.
    • Warm Clothing- Please keep in mind that while temperatures can reach into the 80’s during the day they can also drop into the 40’s during the night at some of our higher lodging (Opus Hut). Although the Hut stays toasty warm inside, please be sure to bring some warmer clothing items so that we can spend time outside during the evenings. i.e. pants, long underwear, long sleeve shirt, lightweight puffy jacket, etc.

    Running Clothing

    • Running Socks- 5 pairs of comfortable running socks. Please bring the type you are used to wearing at home that have proven themselves in the past to not give you blisters.
    • Running Shoes- These should be broken in with plenty of life left. A shoe with a lot of padding, good traction and a built in rock plate is recommended for all of our adventures. If you are new to running longer distances in the mountains, please feel free to call us for shoe recommendations. This decision could make or break your trip.
    • Running Shorts
    • Running Pants or Tights- It is typically warm enough to run in shorts every day but many people choose to bring tights or running pants for windy and rainy days.
    • Wicking T-shirt- 2-3 short sleeved running shirts made from a fast drying material.
    • Wicking Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Light Wind Layer- This should be compressible to fit in the bottom of your daily running pack.
    • Rain Jacket- This should be compressible to fit in the bottom of your daily running pack if rain is in the forecast.
    • Light Gloves
    • Light Cap
    • Sun Hat or Visor
    • Buff or Bandana

    Running Gear

    • Running Pack/ Vest with 2L bladder or 2 water bottles- Running pack with storage capacity. This should be large enough to carry some of the items listed above, water, food for the day and any other items you might want to carry on the trail. Please bring a pack that will accommodate these items but also provide comfort and the ability to run.
    • Water Bottles- If you prefer running with bottles rather than a bladder be sure to still bring a small pack to carry your food, camera, wind and rain layers.
    • Running/ Trekking Poles- Light weight collapsible trekking/ running poles are recommended

    Other Items

    • Sunglasses
    • Sun Screen
    • Camera
    • Trail Food (bars, gels, drink mixes)- We recommend 200 calories/hour of trail time
    • Headlamp- This is for use at the Opus Hut. We have no plans to run in the dark. Please bring extra batteries
    • Camera
    • Toiletries

    Optional Items

    • GPS Watch
    • Flip Flops/ Sandals- Optional but highly recommended after a long day on the trail.
    • Earplugs- Roommate can be a little noisy at night.
    • Swimming Suit- You will have opportunities to swim at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and use the sauna at the Opus Hut.
  • Difficulty

    Attendees should be able to run 12-15 miles comfortably over hilly, rocky terrain. Runs will take place between 9,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation and present potentially challenging conditions such as rain/hail and technical terrain with steep relief. Given the high altitude and difficult terrain, there will be much hiking, but this is a retreat aimed to promote mountain running, not hiking alone. If you arrive with a strong base of consistent running and cardio fitness, and rested, you’ll reap the greatest benefits and most enjoyment.



    We advise that runners unaccustomed to altitude arrive to the area several days early to acclimate and enjoy the area’s beauty. We’re happy to provide lodging and trail suggestions. We also can answer questions and provide guidance on training and preparation for this mountain retreat.

    Although we do our best to help you prepare for higher elevations it is a known fact that everyone acclimatizes differently. With this in mind, know that running at these altitudes will still be challenging for all whether you are acclimatized or not and you should not expect your body to perform as it does at home. Most runners should expect to hike many sections of these trails, especially during the first few days at altitude. During this time most will enjoy running only the easier flats and gradual down hill sections while hiking the uphills like many people do during longer ultra-marathon races. Because of the beautiful scenery through out our trips most people have no problem adopting this philosophy of “run when I can, hike when I can’t” and simply take in the beauty of Colorado while hiking.

  • Cost Includes:

    • Experienced guides
    • All daily transportation to and from trailheads
    • All lodging
    • All breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches (See itinerary for what meals are included)
    • All group equipment

      Not Included:

      • Hotel costs before and/or after scheduled trip dates
      • Transportation to and from the Montrose Airport
      • Personal trail food, gels, energy drink mixes
      • Any alcohol with meals
      • Trip cancellation insurance
      • Personal running gear and clothing
      • Guide gratuity


      If you have any questions regarding one of our trips or would like help deciding which trip is right for you please feel free to give us call. Once you have decided, just let us know and we will send you a registration form and other additional information you will need. We do require a non-refundable $500 deposit to hold your spot at the time of registration. We recommend doing so as soon as possible since all of trips are subject to availability and have a maximum of 10 participants. Final payment for this trip is due July 1st.


      We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance for all of our trips.

      Because we must invest a certain amount to reserve your place on this trip with our lodging partners, transportation and hired help we can not always refund the your full amount if you need to cancel. We understand that every situation is different and we will do our best to work with you if you need to to cancel your trip for any reason. As a policy, our cancellation refund deadlines are as follows:

      • Cancellations more that 90 days prior to trip: Full refund minus deposit.
      • Cancellations between 45-90 days prior to trip: Refund 50% of trip costs minus deposit.
      • Cancellations within 45 days of trip: No refund.
      • A full refund will be given if Highline Running Adventures must cancel the trip.