The San Juan Mountain Running Adventure is a scenic tour of the best trail runs in the northern San Juan Mountains. Starting in Telluride, this tour will run continuous trail systems to the town of Ouray stopping at mountain lodges along the way. Join us for a week of unforgettable trail running along sections of the Hardrock 100 route, through beautiful aspen forests and high, alpine tundra.

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Dates:

  • July 21 - 27, 2019

Duration:

7 Days

Group Size:

4 - 12 Participants


Price:

$2,495, Double occupancy

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to and from Telluride from Montrose Airport

  • Hotel costs before and/or after scheduled trip dates

  • Personal trail food, gels, energy drink mixes

  • Any alcohol with meals

  • Trip cancellation insurance

  • Personal running gear and clothing

  • Guide gratuity

Price Includes

  • Experienced local guides

  • All lodging

  • All breakfasts and dinners, and some lunches (See itinerary for what meals are included)

  • All daily transportation to and from daily runs

  • All group equipment



What to expect

During this 7-day adventure you will have the opportunity to run on seven separate outings. The first two days will be spent in the Telluride area and consist of scenic acclimatization runs above town. From Telluride we will head east with three more days of stunning trails and historic mining roads as we work our way towards the Ouray area. Along the way we will stay at two comfortable mountain lodges perched high in the San Juans. 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.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Telluride/ Afternoon Run

There are many options for flying to SW Colorado with the easiest and most popular option being Montrose (MTJ). We will plan on meeting in Telluride at noon for a group meet and greet and go for a short run. Most people on this trip will be arriving from lower elevations and will find that it might take a few days to get used to thin air of the San Juans. With this in mind, the goal of today’s run is to simple shake out and start the acclimatization process. Following the run we will go for a welcome dinner in town.

From Montrose there are two options for the 90-minute shuttle ride to Telluride: Western Slope Rides and Telluride Express.

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Run: 5 - 8 miles

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Deep Creek Trail

Run on one of Telluride’s finest forested trails. The Deep Creek Trail is a scenic rolling trail that runs through giant aspen groves and flower filled meadows.

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Run: 10 miles

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: 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, relax in the wood-fired sauna, and enjoy the incredible views.

  • Lodging: Opus Hut, Ophir Pass

  • Run: 10-12 miles

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Alpine Run to Red Mountain Pass

From Ophir Pass we will continue the tour along alpine trails to Red Mountain Pass and the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Run to Ouray

Run from Red Mountain Pass to the town of Ouray. Following the run we will check into our hotel and soak in the local hot springs.

  • Lodging: Ouray

  • Run: 13 - 15 miles

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Alpine Run above Ouray

Today we will run above town on one of the best alpine loops in the San Juans. Starting on a section of the Hardrock 100 the run will spend the majority of the day above treeline running along beautiful tundra trails.

  • Lodging: Ouray

  • Run: 17 - 20 miles

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Morning Run/ Travel Home

Depending on your travel plans home, there will be an opportunity for one more morning run near Ouray. Following the run we will start traveling home. If possible, please try to arrange an afternoon or evening flight. Please be sure to let us know your departure flight details so that we can help arrange your transportation back to Montrose.

  • Run: 5 - 7 miles

  • Meals included: Breakfast


Lodging

All lodging, between our scheduled first and last nights in Lima, are included in the price. We believe that while on vacation the places you stay can affect a trip of this sort. Staying in nicer, more comfortable, places at a slightly higher cost can only benefit the group. If you eat well, sleep well and enjoy your accommodations you will perform better on our daily runs.

The first two nights of this trip will be spent in the beautiful ski town of Telluride. 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 a relaxing wood-fired sauna, and has amazing views. Next we will stay at the new Red Mountain Alpine Lodge high on Red Mountain Pass. Constructed this past summer, this lodge is a beautiful and relaxing place to spend the night. We will finish our adventure in the colorful town of Ouray. Labeled as the “Switzerland of America”, this 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. 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.

Gear

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


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Difficulty

This adventure has intermediate level runs with possible distances up to 20 miles and moderate elevation gain with possible altitudes up to 13,000’.

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 downhill sections while hiking the uphills. Because of the beautiful scenery throughout 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.

How strong of a runner do I need to be for this trip?

Highline Running Adventures offers trips for everyone. You do not need to be an experienced trail runner, ultra marathoner or avid outdoor enthusiast to enjoy our adventures. We invite first time trail runners who might not have access to mountainous terrain at home and want to experience the joys of alpine trail running. Like any endeavor in the mountains, most runners will have a far better experience if they are in shape and should begin a training program well before the trip. We are available for training tips and advice for those who are new to this kind of running.


Reservations

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 contact us. Once you have decided, just let us know by filling out the registration form below. After we have received your registration form and trip deposit we will send you additional travel information and a gear list.

Trip Deposit

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 number of participants. Final payment is due 90 days prior to all trips. If registering within 90 days of the trip full payment will be due at that time.

Cancellations

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 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 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