TELLURIDE | COLORADO

PARTNERED WITH HIGHLINE RUNNING ADVENTURES

2019 DATES COMING SOON 

This is a scenic 5 day tour of the best trail runs in the Telluride area. This tour will give you the opportunity to run trails to cascading waterfalls, run through beautiful forests of aspen, visit historic mining ghost towns and enjoy multiple runs through the alpine tundra of the San Juan high country. This adventure has intermediate level runs with possible distances up to 15 miles, moderate elevation gain with possible altitudes up to 13,000foot. We will be based in a luxury home in Telluride with sauna, spa and private gourmet chef Trevor Tack.   

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HOW STRONG OF A RUNNER DO I NEED TO BE FOR THIS TRIP? We offer this trip for everyone. You do not need to be an experienced trail runner, ultra marathoner or avid outdoor enthusiast to enjoy our adventure. 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 endeavour in the mountains, most will have a far better experience if they are in shape and should begin a training program well before the trip. Keep in mind that we will typically have most of the day available to complete these distances and you will most likely have the option to take significant breaks at scenic over looks, lakes, mountain passes, photos. We are available for training tips and advice for those who are new to this kind of running.

ALTITUDE: Although we do our best to help you prepare for higher elevations it is a known fact that everyone acclimatises differently. With this in mind, know that running at these altitudes will still be challenging for all whether you are acclimatised 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.

PRICE: 

  • US$TBC

  • US$500 non refundable deposit required to secure place, deposit can be transferred to another adventure.

  • Remaining balance due by: 2019. Registrations after that date must be paid in full.

  • 100% refund if trip is cancelled

COST INCLUDES:

  • Experienced guides

  • Transportation to and from the Montrose Airport

  • 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

  • Personal trail food, gels, energy drink mixes

  • Any alcohol with meals

  • Trip cancellation insurance. We recommend: Global Rescue

  • Personal running gear and clothing

  • Guide gratuity

PARTICIPANTS: 8-12

GUIDES: Jared Vilhaur and Braz

ADVENTURE ITINERARY:

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 tree-line, 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 Southwest Colorado - Telluride

There are many options for flying to SW Colorado with the easiest and most popular option being Montrose (MTJ). If possible, please choose a flight that will arrive in the afternoon so that your hotel room will be ready for you when you arrive. Shuttle from Montrose airport to Telluride, where we will spend the night and have a nice welcome dinner.

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Deep Creek Trail

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 in the San Juans. With this in mind we will help your body acclimatise to this higher elevation with 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. This trail will have a few short climbs that will require some hiking but has mostly rolling terrain that everyone will enjoy running.

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Run: 10 miles

Day 3: Lizard Head Wilderness Alpine Run

Today’s run is one of our favourites!. 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 outing. 

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Run: 10 miles

Day 4: TBC

Today we will choose from one of the many options of beauty to get to the 

  • Lodging: Telluride

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Run: 10 miles

Day 5: Departure Day

  • Meals included: Breakfast

  • Morning run TBC

  • 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.