Mountain Trail Fun Runs – 2022

2022 marks the 36th year of the Mountain Trail Fun Run Series. Begun by the late Bob Kimmerly and John Swallow in 1987, the series is organized by the High Desert Runners with assistance from members of the Santa Clarita Runners. James Mitchell coordinates the runs and can be reached at 661-313-6349 or via e-mail at

The runs are of varying distances on moderately strenuous forest trails and dirt roads. Most are out-and-back runs, so shorter distances can be run by those who are not up to doing the full course. Joggers and walkers are welcome, as these are fun runs, not races. Minimal course markings will generally be only at critical intersections. You must carry water, although water may be provided on-course on the longer runs. All runs start at 8 a.m. except as noted below. Newcomers are strongly encouraged to run with someone who is familiar with the course, as we don’t want anyone to get lost (as has happened in the past).

No fee, no awards, no T-shirts, but we do encourage runners to bring healthy munchies to share post-run.

The U.S. Forest Service requires display of an Adventure Pass for parking in some high-impact areas.

Sunday, Sept. 18 – Devil’s Punchbowl to Devil’s Chair (about 7 miles). Out-&-back from the Devil’s Punchbowl County Park near Juniper Hills on the first part of the Burkhart Trail and then left about 3 miles to turnaround near the Devil's Chair overlook.


Saturday, Oct. 15 San Fransisquito to Spunky Edison loop (13 miles). Meet at the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead on San Fransisquito Canyon Road. Route is up the road to the Leona Truck Trail, then east to Spunky Edison Road and return on the PCT.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – Pacific Crest Trail, Bouquet Canyon to Spunky Edison Road. (12 miles). Meet at Bouquet Canyon Road PCT trailhead, six miles southwest of Elizabeth Lakes Road.

High Desert Runners, P.O. Box 1714, Lancaster, CA 93539-1714